Gettysburg Audio Driving Tour – Perfect Day at Gettysburg
As someone who loves US History, Gettysburg had always been one of the “bucket list” items. Many times as I had read the accounts of the brave soldiers who served and fought here, I could only imagine what it would be like to stand on the very ground I had read about.
As excited as I was, in my dreams of visiting the sacred grounds of the Gettysburg battlefield, I had not thought about doing so with a 16-year-old boy, a 12-year-old boy, and a 6-year-old little girl. This wide range of ages can present some challenges. Though my boys are somewhat interested in history, how could I keep them engaged? How could I keep the attention of my little girl?
As we begin to plan, we considered several options. First was one of the bus tours. I have heard these are fantastic but what if the bus didn’t stop in a location I wanted to see or what if because of someone else lagging, we were pushed for time? An even bigger fear was, what if my 6 years old became tired or irritable. I surely didn’t want to distract or ruin the trip for someone else. We considered doing a horseback ride or Segway tour but again were limited by the abilities of our daughter.
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After contacting Destination Gettysburg, they gave us the PERFECT solution; a self-guided audio tour! I must admit I was a little concerned at first since we had never been to Gettysburg. How would I know what I would be looking at and where would I go? Thanks to the wonders of technology, it was a piece of cake!
We purchased our book with an audio tour code at the Gettysburg Heritage Museum. After purchase, we downloaded the free required app to our phone and entered our code. Once we did, we were set to go! We chose to play the audio through our car’s sound system to ensure we could all hear it well. Using the GPS on our phone, the app directed us to the various sites, as well as, provided historical overviews and insight into what took place. There were also very easily identifiable signs to direct us along the way, as well.
For many of the sites, once we parked, there were even videos. Some videos were re-enactments of what had actually taken place at the site. This helped not only my children but my wife and I visualize it before stepping out to explore it for ourselves.
As we stood on top of Little Roundtop, overlooking the Valley of Death, hiding among the rocks of Devils Den, or walking through the hallowed grounds of Cemetery Hill, it made it so much more vivid and provided us with such an interactive experience.
What I appreciated the most, was that there were no time restraints which allowed us to view the sites, read the available information, and go exploring at the pace that was perfect for our individual family!
While any visit to Gettysburg is a special day, using the technology of the Gettysburg Drive Tour makes it interesting and interactive for all ages!
Enjoy some more photos below…