4/5 - Good
ThomasOct 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.
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.
Shopping, Dining and Family-Friendly
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.
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.
Learn about one of the bloodiest conflicts in America’s history in an elegant and informative museum that documents every aspect of the era.
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.
Surround yourself with the history, culture and nature of Pennsylvania in a museum that examines every area of life in the diverse state.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Verified travelerOct 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!