Eisenhower National Historic Site

#2 in Best Things To Do in Gettysburg
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243 Eisenhower Farm Road

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Historic Homes/Mansions, Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.9

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As its name implies, the Eisenhower National Historic Site once belonged to America's 34th president. Former President Dwight D. Eisenhower purchased the farm in 1950, using it for weekend retreats from the White House. After his presidency, Eisenhower moved to the property full time, where he and his wife lived until they died in 1969 and 1979, respectively.

On the 230-acre farm, visitors will find everything from Eisenhower's former home to a skeet shooting range to a garage with his limousine, golf carts and station wagon. There is also a Reception Center with exhibits about Eisenhower's life.

Past visitors loved wandering around Eisenhower's farm, saying it offers stunning views and tons of interesting tidbits about the former president. To ensure availability and avoid long ticket lines at Gettysburg National Military Park's visitor center, former travelers recommend purchasing tickets in advance on the Gettysburg Foundation website or by calling the organization's reservations number.

The Eisenhower National Historic Site sits less than 4 miles southwest of downtown Gettysburg between Sachs Covered Bridge and Gettysburg National Military Park. Shuttle departure times from Gettysburg National Military Park's visitor center vary depending on the season. Opening hours also fluctuate depending on the time of year. In January and February, the property welcomes visitors daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (weather permitting), though the Reception Center and Eisenhower's house are closed. Limited on-site parking is available during these months. From March through December, the farm is open Thursday to Monday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Tickets cost $9 for visitors 13 and older and $5 for children 6 to 12; entrance fees are waived for kids 5 and younger. Passes include round-trip shuttle service and self-guided tours. Audio and guided tours are also available. To learn more, check out the National Park Service website. And for more information about Gettysburg's historic sites, check out the best guided tours.

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#1 Gettysburg National Military Park

Bordering the southern end of downtown Gettysburg, the roughly 6,000-acre Gettysburg National Military Park is a must for history buffs, especially those with an interest in the Civil War. It was here that Confederate troops clashed with Union soldiers for three days in July 1863, resulting in a decisive victory for the North. But this key win for the Union came at a cost: More than 51,000 soldiers on both sides died, were wounded, went missing or were captured, making this conflict the bloodiest battle of the war.

Today, Gettysburg National Military Park welcomes visitors keen on learning more about the Civil War through exhibits, ranger programs, guided tours and special events. Some of the park's most noteworthy sights are as follows:

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