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The Whitaker Center is a wonderful intimate venue to see a concert. The permanent seats are very... read more

Reviewed December 11, 2018
Dylan3961
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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Great place.

Whitaker center is a great place to visit for adults and children. We have taken our grandchildren... read more

Reviewed December 9, 2018
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Reviewed December 11, 2018 via mobile

The Whitaker Center is a wonderful intimate venue to see a concert. The permanent seats are very comfortable. The acoustics are outstanding. With this theater being fairly small, there is not a bad seat.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Dylan3961
Reviewed December 9, 2018

Whitaker center is a great place to visit for adults and children. We have taken our grandchildren there for the science area. We also go there frequently for IMAX movies. Since it is in downtown Harrisburg, parking can be an issue.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Lee B
Reviewed December 9, 2018

There's always lots going on at the Whitaker center. Programs for every budget, including free events! Follow their calender, you'll be guaranteed to find something to do of interest for yourself, your date, a visiting guest or your children. There is something to see or...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed December 9, 2018 via mobile

First time at the Whitaker center for a concert and was surprised at how nice the place was and well decorated for the holidays. Plenty of dining option on street level nearby.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 994coreyb
Reviewed December 5, 2018

Great venue! Fantastic show! No need for large screens at this theater. Every seat is easy viewing of the stage. Well maintained. Attached parking garage for covered access. Well kept bathroom facilities. Only drawback was the parking fee. We went on a Friday night. Arrived...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed December 2, 2018

We saw Home Free at the Whitaker Center...I loved this venue. It was a smaller venue which was really nice. We had awesome seats but I am not sure that there would have been a bad seat in the house. The seats were comfortable, I...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 13, 2018

On a Saturday night in November, we caught the Broadway Show"Newsies" at the Sunoco Performance Theater, which is a part of the Whitaker Center. The show was put on by 696 seats within the Orchestra, Mezzanine, and Balcony levels. and they did a marvelous job....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Cakes77
Deb W, Communications Manager at Whitaker Center, responded to this reviewResponded November 14, 2018

Thank you so much for your patronage of Whitaker Center and for taking the time to leave us a review! I also had the great pleasure of watching Theatre Harrisburg's Disney's Newsies in our theater and it was a marvelous show. You're right about the...More

Reviewed November 12, 2018

We went with extend family, 8 kids between ages of 2-6 and several parents/grandparents. There were plenty fo activities for the kids to do, and more for kids even older. It was remarkably not crowded, even on a Saturday! Great way to spend a few...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ccbowen
Deb W, Communications Manager at Whitaker Center, responded to this reviewResponded November 14, 2018

Thank you so much for visiting Whitaker Center and for taking the time to leave us a review! We're so happy to hear that your family all enjoyed their visit - having a three-story science center is a surefire way to make sure there is...More

Reviewed November 10, 2018

We visited in August and had a great time with our boys ages 9 and 11. There was so much for them to do. They loved the hurricane simulator and the exhibit where they could lift a 690 lb globe. They had exhibits that taught...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Deb W, Communications Manager at Whitaker Center, responded to this reviewResponded November 14, 2018

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review; we're so glad you and your boys had fun at Harsco Science Center. The hurricane simulator is my favorite exhibit, too! We appreciate your patronage and support of our nonprofit, and we...More

Reviewed November 6, 2018 via mobile

Went to the Whitaker center in Harrisburg pa with the grand kids and had such a good time. Hands on environment for the kids and kids at heart to explore and see just how things work and why. Great place to spend quality time with...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Deb W, Communications Manager at Whitaker Center, responded to this reviewResponded November 7, 2018

Thank you so much for your patronage of Whitaker Center and for taking the time to leave us a review! We're so glad to hear you and your grand kids had a good time exploring our science center. We can't wait to welcome you back...More

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saramay
March 24, 2018|
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Response from dantheman8558 | Reviewed this property |
I don’t believe there is any specific lot. There is on street parking that is limited and you have to pay for that unless you go Sunday or after 5. There are also multiple parking garages in the area you can utilize. I know... More
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Saresa S
July 1, 2017|
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Response from Elishky | Reviewed this property |
I would recommend it for slightly older kids. There are things to do and if they are tagging along for siblings' sake, yes. But it's not worth it just for them. Wait until after at least 2, then they'll start fitting in... More
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Response from Priscilla K | Reviewed this property |
I took my 10-year old to the Science Center, and she really enjoyed it. So did I, and I am a middle school and high school science teacher. The center has displays and interactive areas that will appeal to the younger crowd... More
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irishstjean
Newtown, Connecticut
Whitaker Center and lodging (5 Replies)
Hi all, A friend and I will be road-tripping from CT down to a concert at the Whitaker Center right after Easter and I am looking for any advice on reasonable lodging and logistics. I have read the reviews on the site but I don't think we can afford more than low 100's per night. I was thinking about staying at the Hampton Inn Harrisburg East, which looks likes a fairly close drive to the Whitaker Center. Can anyone tell me if it's better to look for a cab or bus to the show from the...More
February 14, 2007|
Response fromFlyEagle|
It will be an easy drive from the Hampton Inn East to downtown Harrisburg. Route 83 South (which runs right next to the Hampton Inn) to the Second Street exit will take you right into town. There is parking in the Walnut Street garage which is connected to the Whitaker Center. If you present your parking stub at The Box inside Whitake Center, you pay a flat $4.00 fee to park. There are several restaurants near the Hampton Inn. The Texas Roadhouse and Outback are very good. Do not bother with...More
Signer_in_PA
Lancaster
Hints for visiting the Whitaker Center? (1 Replies)
We are planning a trip to the Whitaker Center on February 16th (a holiday) with a 10 and 6 year old, and would like any suggestions or hints for planning our day. It's possible that we drive however we have also been looking into a train ride to Harrisburg -- just to add another element of fun to the day. The kids have never been on a train or the Whitaker Center, so this will be an adventure!
February 09, 2015|
Response fromFlyEagle|
If you do take the train, it is a very short walk from the train station to the Whitaker Center. If you drive, I recommend parking in the Walnut Street garage as it is connected to the Whitaker Center and Strawberry Square so you don't have to go outside. It's been several years since I visited the Harsco Science Center so I can't offer any specific suggestions other than to allow your kids time to explore and have fun. The IMAX Theater is great so I would definitely recommend taking in a...More
daddio361
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Where (downtown) to take my 5 year old grand-daughter? (3 Replies)
Does the state museum have enough for that age, and, if so, how long to allot? Or Whitaker Center? Show at the Forum? (I was in there yesterday and there was a kid's show). Also, is it cheaper to park in the garages or on the street?
March 11, 2015|
Response fromthefourskis|
I would choose the Whitaker Center for that age. Lots of hands on stuff, fun gift shop. The parking garage is attached, so I have only ever parked there. I've not done theater. The Popcorn Hat Players always looks fun, but if you are going this weekend, they are between shows until April 1.