We went to Gettysburg at the end of March. It's one of those things that's been on our list of things to do. It's not the funnest outing for kids but they actually did well. Preston wasn't that thrilled with the trip, but he did okay. Elliott and Derek thought the cannon and monuments were cool. Elliott really enjoyed the displays in the visitors center with all the guns that were used. After our initial stop in the visitors center, we drove around the battlefield. It's amazing how huge it is. We did an audio tour in the car as we drove around. After 1 1/2 hours or so, we finally skipped the end of the audio because it was taking a little too long. It would have been nice to take our time and really listen to everything, but the kids could only handle so much time in the car. It was neat to get out and look at the monuments. I believe they said there are over 1400 monuments on the battlefield - more than anywhere else in the world. That's a lot of monuments! The coolest place to stop was Little Round Top, site of the most famous engagement at Gettysburg. The boys got to feel how heavy a real musket is and see how hard it would be to tote that and all the gear around. It was really neat to go to Gettysburg and experience the history that took place there.
Visitors Center and monuments around the battlefield
view from Little Round Top
Little Round Top