In addition to our culinary worldschooling, the kids homeschooling curriculum when we’re back home in Hawaii includes learning about our nation’s history. When I mentioned the possibility of road tripping to Gettysburg this summer, Lou Lou immediately asked if we’d get to visit the Gettysburg Battlefield!
In case you’re wondering because I certainly was – you definitely can! The site of the Battle of Gettysburg is now part of the National Park Service. They even host living history programs where Civil War living historians encamp on the battlefield – sounds like we found the perfect summer homeschooling field trip. 🙂
Battlefield aside, Gettysburg is also an emerging foodie destination, which is music to our foodie-loving ears. It’s the top producer of apples in Pennsylvania, ranking #4 in the USA, and the countryside outside the historic town is filled with apple orchards, where one can go apple picking (we’re huge fans of picking your own produce, read all about it here.
In addition to apples and fresh produce from farmer’s markets, the town has a vibrant farm-to-table scene, with restaurants crafting their menus around locally-sourced meats and ingredients.
The hard part of it all is deciding where to eat! Which is a problem we can solve: here are 10 family-friendly and farm-to-table restaurants that are worth a visit when you find yourself in Gettysburg.
TOP 10 FAMILY-FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS IN GETTYSBURG, PA
Fidler & Co. Craft Kitchen
Go here if you’re looking to try some grass-fed pasture raised pork, chickens, lamb, and eggs from the local Rettland Farm. Best of all, it’s BYOB for the parents!
Address: 213 E. York Street, Biglerville, PA
A new addition to the Gettysburg dining scene, Food 101 serves up dishes made from locally-sourced ingredients at small tables or if you prefer, communal dining. The restaurant’s BYOB, so make sure to stop by the quaint wine store right opposite before you head to dinner with the family. Everything’s made to order, and the chef’s have been known to whip up things that aren’t on the menu.
Address: 101 Chambersburg St, Gettysburg, PA
Located at the Wyndham Gettysburg Hotel, this casual dining restaurant is family-friendly offering up family style dinners and serving up a wide range of dishes. Diners highly recommend the steamed mussels in white wine, jumbo soft shell crab, shrimp & crab mac n’ cheese, and the crawfish bisque.
Address: 95 Presidential Circle, Gettysburg, PA
The Ugly Mug Cafe
If you’re looking for a quick breakfast to get your day started, head to The Ugly Mug for coffee and breakfast sandwiches. This local-favorite has a wide range including delicious freshly toasted bagelwiches, and desserts.
Address: 168 Carlisle St, Gettysburg, PA
When all you want is a hot, gooey slice of cheese pizza, head to Tommy’s! It’s a quaint little pizzeria, family-owned and run since the 1970’s. Great prices, but we’re warning you, it’s usually busy!
Address: 105 Steinwehr Ave, Gettysburg, PA
Named in tribute after Gettysburg’s baseball hall of famer, Edward Stewart Plank, Gettysburg Eddie’s is great for family dining. Large, delicious portions that won’t leave a hole in your wallet. They offer children under the age of 12 a Little Leaguer’s Menu – try the crab soup, philly cheese sandwich.
Address: 217 Steinwehr Ave, Gettysburg, PA
Hunt’s Battlefield Fries & Cafe
When you’re in Pennsylvania and so close to Philly, you gotta try some cheese steak and fries. Right?! Hunt’s in Gettysburg is the place to do that – they even have kid-friendly sizes for the lil ones.
Address: 61 Steinwehr Ave, Gettysburg, PA
Hickory Bridge Farm Restaurant
The restaurant is located in a beautifully restored 165 year old barn (the property itself dates back to 1600) highlighting family-style meals with fresh ingredients – head there if you’re looking for a unique weekend (the only serve on the weekends) dining experience. The farm-style dinners consist of typical American Foods which were favored by the German settlers of this area and are all family recipes.
Address: 96 Hickory Bridge Rd, Orrtanna, PA
Dobbin House Tavern
A place the kids would enjoy for its historic atmosphere – the building is one of the oldest in Gettysburg -and servers dressed in era clothing. For a tavern, the menu is vast, and they even have vegetarian-friendly options. Everything’s made to order, never frozen, and using freshly sourced ingredients. Must try the french onion soup, crab cake, and spit roasted chicken.
Address: 89 Steinwehr Ave, Gettysburg, PA
Appalachian Brewing Company
The ABC was founded in Harrisburg, PA in 97, and since then has grown to six locations throughout PA. The Battlefield location is perfect after a day soaking in the sights and historical sounds of Gettysburg. In addition to the local brews and craft sodas, the menu consists of local ingredients, and is constantly changing.
Address: 259 Steinwehr Ave, Gettysburg, PA
With so many local favorites, it’s hard to pick just one place to eat when visiting the historic town. Hopefully our list of 10 family-friendly restaurants in Gettysburg will help steer you in the right direction – towards a delicious meal with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. And don’t forget, since the area’s known for its apple orchards, to try some apple pie!
Have you been to Gettysburg before? Where are your favorite places to have a meal with the family? Let us know in the comments below!
Disclaimer: Thanks to Destination Gettysburg for sponsoring this post. However, as always, all opinions expressed on the blog are our own.