Harrisburg is the capital of Pennsylvania. This destination features a combination of history, outdoor scenery, and cultural and recreational activities – not to mention a wonderful network of bike paths!

1. Whitaker Center for Science & the Arts

Whitaker Center for Science & the Arts boasts three venues under one roof and is conveniently located in downtown Harrisburg. Open Tuesday through Sunday, a visit to Whitaker Center could include a viewing of a documentary film in Select Medical Digital Cinema, a family trip to Harsco Science Center or catching a live concert in Sunoco Performance Theater. Event info and show times available online. Tickets can be purchased in advance or upon arrival.

Whitaker Center for Science & the Arts

2. Pennsylvania State Capitol Complex

The Pennsylvania State Capitol Complex in downtown Harrisburg is the seat of government for the state of Pennsylvania. The stunning capitol building was constructed between 1902-1906. The National Historical Landmark features Beaux-Arts style architecture with decorative Renaissance elements. Take a tour of the capitol building any day of the week.

3. Wildwood Park

Explore 6 miles of trails through beautiful Wildwood Park. The park covers a total of 210 acres, including a 90-acre lake. Bird watching, nature photography, and biking and walking on the trails are all favorite activities in the park. A Nature Center is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. where you can view exhibits and learn more about the wildlife and plant life in the park.

Pennsylvania State Capitol Complex

4. Fort Hunter Mansion and Park

Explore Pennsylvania history at the Fort Hunter Mansion and Park. The scenic park has had many incarnations over it’s nearly 300-year history. The land was originally settled in 1725 and has since served as a war fort, a commerce hub, and a private estate. Today the park is open to the public. Take a tour of the mansion and take a walk around the park.

5. City Island

Surrounded by the waters of the Susquehanna River you’ll find City Island. Here you can enjoy all kinds of recreation and relaxation – from a ride in a horse-drawn carriage to a game of mini-golf – not to mention great views of the city!

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