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Things to Do in Harrisburg


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Historical museum with immersive Civil War exhibits, narrated stories, and a diverse collection of artifacts. Features self-guided tours and a scenic panoramic view.
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Grand state capitol building featuring stunning architecture, intricate artwork, and historical chambers, with free guided and self-guided tours available.
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Historic estate with educational tours through well-preserved buildings and lush parkland. Features hiking trails, a quaint chapel, and scenic views of the Susquehanna River.
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  • Explorer
    Pittsburgh, PA47 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Civil War Museum is fantastic, featuring wax figures, sound effects, short films, thousands of artifacts, dioramas, interactive elements, and maps. Everything is organized, clean, and presented with a delightful color scheme. It’s a must-see attraction for the history buff in your family, offering an immersive and educational experience that brings history to life.
    Written June 7, 2024
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  • Explorer
    Pittsburgh, PA47 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Make sure you sign up for a free tour online; otherwise, you won’t be able to go beyond the lobby. The Pennsylvania Capitol is breathtakingly beautiful, and the tour is well worth it for anyone traveling through the state. You don’t have to be a history buff to enjoy the historical tour—it’s a captivating experience for everyone. Highly recommended!
    Written June 7, 2024
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  • Newton618
    Erie, PA196 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I was here in February when it was closed, I really wish I could have seen the inside of all the buildings especially the main hose and spring house, lotsa information to read outside and a nice walk around the complex
    Written February 25, 2024
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  • harryatkck
    Kansas City, KS987 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    In addition to the wide variety of exhibits here, this is one of the easiest museums to see. When you come to the museum you will get a map that shows where all of the exhibit areas are. The are 4 floors that are circular with 3-5 different exhibit areas each. I loved the Civil War exhibits, & the 4th floor was all exhibits on natural history, geology, etc. in addition to elevators there are escalators that go each way between every floor. This is the best state museum I have visited.
    Written September 24, 2023
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  • scronk73
    Nesconset, NY259 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a museum not to be missed! This firehouse was restored and brought back to the Victorian days. They have amazing displays of everything used by firefighters. They even have the stables for the horses that pulled the firetrucks. The video of 9/11 from the perspective of the firefighters was footage that was never seen.
    Written May 13, 2024
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  • Pat E
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Second time going to the farm show and was not disappointed again. So many things to see - animals, calving corner, food stands/ samples, butter sculpture, vendors with interesting products, events with various animals. Paid $15 per car for parking and was entertained for hours. Best value for your money.

    Thanks to all the farmers, vendors and volunteers that do a wonderful job of putting this together
    Written January 10, 2024
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  • Vicky V
    Rochester, NY13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyed a lovely walk around the perimeter - about 3 miles. Loved the signs with information about the area and the spillway and other things we were seeing. Lots and lots of birds on the water and in the trees. Also saw 2 magnificent bucks and several does.
    Written December 2, 2022
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  • acampbell639
    Caldwell, ID2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had a blast walking around City Island. We crossed the bridge talked with some fisherman and watched the sunset.
    Written August 31, 2022
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  • Brendan P
    Lancaster, PA81 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Today I went to Harrisburg Senators game and it was so much fun to be able to experience such excitement when it comes to baseball in a small stadium!! Overall had a great time!
    Written July 26, 2023
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  • Thrasher82
    Glen Rock, PA289 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    They have a great staff, a wide selection of good food, and offer it in a nice atmosphere. Do not be shy - if there is a line, you can sit at the bar!
    Written January 26, 2020
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  • Tony D
    58 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Saw a concert with my daughter here and it’s a great, intimate venue. Sound system was fabulous, looked like not a bad seat in the house! I wasn’t happy with the parking situation, parked at a garage and ended up being a $30 stay for a few hours at a concert. That part sucked. Also a lot of homeless in the area of the garage so didn’t feel like the safest place to be.
    Overall the Whitaker center(what we saw of it) was very nice. I will return hopefully and see the science center with the kids, in the daylight hours
    Written November 28, 2019
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  • Brendan P
    Lancaster, PA81 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Right after I parked I saw the Cathedral. When I walked in it took my breath away how pretty and detailed it was inside. I was able to walk around and explore it for a little bit and also was able to spend something just sitting and praying. Great sport.
    Written July 26, 2023
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