This Susquehanna River city has a lively culinary and cultural scene.

Although small in size, a thriving artisan and foodie scene gives Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, a big-city vibe. There’s history here, but also outdoor adventure along the mighty Susquehanna River and independent, well, everything: cafés, bookstores, artisan centers and a bustling farmers market.

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Explore Harrisburg

  • Midtown Harrisburg
  • Downtown Harrisburg
  • City Island
  • Capitol District

Midtown Harrisburg

Overview

Eclectic Midtown is beloved for its independently owned businesses. The vibes are warm and welcoming, whether you’re perusing the farmers market or checking out an art-house film. And if you’d like to taste some craft beer or the city’s best cup of coffee, you’re in the right place.

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Restaurants, Nightlife, Arts, Entertainment

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Downtown Harrisburg

Overview

If the State Capitol Complex is perfect for history buffs, then the global dining scene satisfies hungry foodies, with eateries serving Italian, Mexican, Japanese, Venezuelan and Middle Eastern fare. You can also do some indoor stargazing at the planetarium and take in riverfront views, all in one neighborhood.

Known For

Museums, City Hall, Historic Buiildings, Restaurants

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City Island

Overview

Mile-long City Island sits in the middle of the Susquehanna River, just a short drive across the Walnut Street Bridge, with sidewalks for pedestrians and bikes. Watch a baseball game, grab some dinner or play mini golf, all while taking in unobstructed views of the river and the striking architecture of Harrisburg.

Known For

Baseball, Scenery, Outdoor Activities

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Capitol District

Overview

The Capitol District’s footprint is small, but it’s big on historic architecture and river views. The Pennsylvania State Capitol Complex is at the heart of the area, including the elegant, circa-1906 landmark building itself, as well as the nearby Cathedral of Saint Patrick and Susquehanna Scenic Overlook.

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Dining, History , River Views, Architecture

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Nearby Hotels and Resorts

Stay in the Center of it All

Immerse yourself in your destination at these centrally located hotels.

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3 Days in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Art, History and City (Island) Living

Pennsylvania State Capitol

Spend a Day at the Museums

Kick off your trip taking in the Downtown and Capitol District neighborhoods. Visit the Capitol Building and State Museum of Pennsylvania — it has a planetarium — and consider a guided bike tour.

Susquehanna River

Escape from the City

Browse baked goods and handicrafts at the Broad Street Market to start the day. Then make your way to City Island for a stroll by the water, a game of mini golf and maybe even an afternoon of baseball. Catch a meal at the Harrisburg Beach Club after the game.

Walking bridge

Take In Midtown’s Arts and the Riverfront

Sit down for brunch at the Millworks and then head upstairs to see the studios of regional artists. Spend the afternoon exploring Riverfront Park, which offers walking and biking paths and pretty views over the Susquehanna River.    

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