Harrisburg awaits: its museums, theme park, food, and more!

Harrisburg is full of attractions for American history buffs and features one of the world’s largest museums dedicated to the American Civil War. While the American Civil War never quite reached Harrisburg, it still changed the city forever. Located within 40 miles (64 kilometers) of the Mason-Dixon Line, Pennsylvania’s state capital was a major point of deployment for Union troops. Learn about the local history and discover some of Pennsylvania’s most prized buildings and cultural institutions.

Harrisburg became Pennsylvania’s state capital in 1812 due to its location in the heart of the state. Don’t miss the stunning neoclassical Pennsylvania State Capitol building, completed in 1906. Take a half-hour guided tour of the capitol to see the frescoes painted throughout the grand interior.

Explore one of Harrisburg’s most famous attractions, the National Civil War Museum. See 25,000 American Civil War artifacts in this museum’s collection, including rifles, uniforms and many Civil War-era documents. While some of the objects were possessions of Civil War leaders like Abraham Lincoln and Robert E. Lee, others belonged to average soldiers. Both Union and Confederate soldiers are buried in the Harrisburg Cemetery, located just east of the city center.

Harrisburg’s other museums provide information on the city’s earlier history. Visit the Fort Hunter Mansion on the site of an old British military fort built in 1756 to prepare for the French and Indian War. Take a guided tour of the colonial mansion or explore the 40-acre (16-hectare) grounds, which lie along the Susquehanna River. Visit the State Museum of Pennsylvania to see some of the state’s most interesting findings in archaeology and paleontology, including a mastodon skeleton unearthed in nearby Marshalls Creek.

To reach Harrisburg, take a bus or a train from Philadelphia, which is located about 110 miles (177 kilometers) southeast. After your visit, find more Civil War history in Gettysburg, a 45-minute drive south from Harrisburg.

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Top Hotels in Harrisburg

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Harrisburg at Union Deposit Road, PA
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Harrisburg at Union Deposit Road, PA
3 out of 5
1025 Peiffers Lane, Harrisburg, PA
$91
per night
Nov 3 - Nov 4

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Kohl Memorial Park and 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from National Civil War Museum. Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,726 reviews)

"The hotel was clean and the staff was pleasant. The lobby makes a good, inviting first impression. When we arrived my daughter remarked that it looked like an inn from a Hallmark movie."…"

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2019

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Harrisburg at Union Deposit Road, PA
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Harrisburg-Hershey
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Harrisburg-Hershey
2.5 out of 5
265 N Hershey Rd, Harrisburg, PA
$69
per night
Oct 29 - Oct 30

Situated in Harrisburg, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Antique Automobile Club of America Museum, Hollywood Casino, and Deer Valley Golf Course. Penn National ...

4/5Very Good! (2,033 reviews)

"Location should have been easy to find. Our GPS did not like address. We blame it on the road construction / Detours in Harrisburg. We were happy to finally arrive and very please to find such a nice clean hotel as this was a last minute booking."…"

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2019

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Harrisburg-Hershey
Red Roof Inn Harrisburg North
Red Roof Inn Harrisburg North
2 out of 5
400 Corporate Cir, Harrisburg, PA
$45
per night
Oct 27 - Oct 28

Situated in Harrisburg, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Shoppes at Susquehanna Marketplace and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Wildwood Park. Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex ...

3.5/5Good! (1,844 reviews)

"No fridge or microwave. No hair dryer Very nice room. Loved the flooring. No carpet.😁"…"

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2019

Red Roof Inn Harrisburg North

Popular things to do in Harrisburg

Pennsylvania State Capitol
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Pennsylvania State Capitol

4.5/5(231 reviews)

Visit a majestic palace in the heart of Harrisburg and wander Pennsylvania’s halls of power in a building created as a tribute to art, freedom and democracy.

Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex
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Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex

4.5/5(234 reviews)

After visiting Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, make a plan to see the other sights and activities in Harrisburg. Amble around this family-friendly area's riverfront or experience its great live music.

National Civil War Museum
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National Civil War Museum

4.5/5(52 reviews)

Learn about one of the bloodiest conflicts in America’s history in an elegant and informative museum that documents every aspect of the era.

City Island
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City Island

4.5/5(37 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at City Island, a lovely green space in Harrisburg. Experience the entertainment choices and great live music in this family-friendly area.

State Museum of Pennsylvania
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State Museum of Pennsylvania

Surround yourself with the history, culture and nature of Pennsylvania in a museum that examines every area of life in the diverse state.

Wildwood Park
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Wildwood Park

5/5(2 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Wildwood Park, a lovely green space in Harrisburg. Discover the local chocolate shops and acclaimed theater scene in this family-friendly area.

Top activities in Harrisburg

Operation City Quest of Harrisburg, PA
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Operation City Quest of Harrisburg, PA

$10

Using your smartphone, you'll be given nearly 150 objects to find during your scavenger hunt. You'll then wander throughout the downtown area searching for the items. Once you've found the object, you'll send a photo in to score points.

One Game of Zombie Scavengers of Harrisburg, PA
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One Game of Zombie Scavengers of Harrisburg, PA

$3

Can you survive the zombie apocalypse… Zombie Scavengers leads you into the city to collect supplies to survive during this interactive scavenger game. With the whole world in chaos and zombies outnumbering the living 10 to 1, small colonies of the living are doing all they can to survive.

Civil War Ghosts Walking Ghost Tour
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Civil War Ghosts Walking Ghost Tour

$21

Join Civil War Ghosts walking ghost tour through the most haunted sites in Gettysburg’s history! Hear only the most authentic ghost stories on this haunted ghost tour! Civil War Ghosts walking ghost tour guides you through the historical Battle of Gettysburg.

Gettysburg Full-Day Excursion
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Gettysburg Full-Day Excursion

$150

Journey to the hallowed Civil War battlefields in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Explore the Gettysburg Visitor Center on your own, and then take a guided walking tour of the battlegrounds to see what life was like for soldiers in 1863.

2 Hour Gettysburg Battlefield Licensed Guided Carriage Tour
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2 Hour Gettysburg Battlefield Licensed Guided Carriage Tour

$59

Witness the Battlefield at the Speed of History! Visit Gettysburg. Learn some History. Bring Home Memories! You have never Experienced the Gettysburg battlefield like this! Licensed Battlefield Guides, slow speed, and only 10 guests, allow you to get involved in the discussion.

Tour of America's Oldest Farmers Market!
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Tour of America's Oldest Farmers Market!

$50

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Lancaster Central Market, 23 North Market Street, Lancaster, PA 17603 You will get an overview of the market, opportunity to meet each vendor, and yummy samples! We will also take a 30 minute walking tour of the city.

Reviews of Harrisburg

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5 - Excellent 22.022080185938407%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 52.120859965136546%
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3 - Okay 23.24230098779779%
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2 - Disappointing 1.68506682161534%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.9296920395119117%

4/5 - Good

Thomas

Oct 21, 2019

Mostly stayed here for the proximity to Hershey. Good dining and convenience stores nearby, with Sheetz and the Harrisburg mall within walking distance of the Hotel (and Homewood suites too). No complaints here.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Oct 21, 2019

We stayed in Harrisburg in order to go to Hersheypark. It took about 15-20 minutes to drive there, but it was an easy drive. We would stay at this hotel again.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 20, 2019

We were passing through. But would come back to visit again

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Oct 15, 2019

we didn't really have a chance to walk around. We got there late, cause we stopped by at wind creek casino.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 14, 2019

Was a beautiful area and alot of history in this area. The capital was amazing.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 11, 2019

There are a lot of stores to shop at. At Home, Hobby Lobby, Tuesday Morning, Kirklands, Marshall’s. My wife had a blast!

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