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Your Guide to a Super Awesome Staycation in Harrisburg

Written by Savannah Marie, Community Blogger | Apr 17, 2014 8:26 AM

Staying home for spring break doesn't have to suck, especially if you live in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. If you’re stuck and could use some inspiration, here are some ideas of places worth checking out:

 1.    The State Capitol

If you think touring a state capitol sounds like a snooze fest, you might want to think again. The state capitol of Pennsylvania spans more than two acres and contains more than 600 rooms, and as if that wasn’t enough, the icing on the cake is the lofty dome, which is 272 feet high. In addition, this stately building — that also happens to be a national historic landmark — features breathtaking stained glass windows, bronze doors, murals and a beautiful marble staircase that was modeled after one in the Paris Grand Opera House.


Photo by David Wilson

2.    The National Civil War Museum

If you’re a history buff, you’ll love exploring the National Civil War Museum. Here, you’ll get to take an in-depth look at the events leading up to, and during, the war from a variety of perspectives. You’ll find artifacts that include weapons and equipment and exhibits that rotate throughout the year.

3.    Fort Hunter Mansion and Park

This sweeping estate overlooks the Susquehanna River and once functioned as a war fort and a commercial hub for business on the frontier. It’s also been an exclusive, privately owned estate. Now it’s open for the public to tour, with guided tours available every day beginning at 8 a.m. and ending at dusk.

4.    Metro Bank Park

What better way to enjoy a nice spring day than at a minor league baseball game? At Metro Bank Park, you can enjoy a hotdog, some Cracker Jacks and see minor league baseball at its finest. So get a big group together, book a Harrisburg charter, and head out to the ballpark for an experience sure to be enjoyed by all.

5.    Wildwood Park

Outdoor enthusiasts could easily spend a day enjoying springtime in Wildwood Park. This 229-acre park is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna in addition to an expansive freshwater wetland. And you can walk, run or bike along the six miles of trails that loop around the park -- just don't forget to protect yourself against mosquitoes. It is springtime, after all. Wildwood is also a haven for bird lovers who will certainly be in for a treat if they come here to do some bird watching.

6.    The Pride of Susquehanna

Nothing says fun like an afternoon spent on the water, and, when it comes to fun, The Pride of Susquehanna certainly knows how to deliver. On this authentic paddle-wheeling boat, you can enjoy a guided tour as you listen to a narration of Harrisburg’s history. You can pick from a wide variety of cruises depending on your interests, choosing either a sightseeing cruise, music cruise, dinner cruise, or even opt for a themed cruise, depending on seasonal availability.

7.    Pennsylvania National Fire Museum

If you’re curious about how fire fighting got started, you’ll find all that information and more at the Pennsylvania National Fire Museum. Here, you can see interesting things like fire engines, helmets, tools and uniforms worn by the firefighters.

8.    City Island

In the heart of the Susquehanna River, you’ll find a lovely place called City Island, best known as the site of the Senators — not the politicians,  the baseball team. And with all the attractions within the park, from batting cages to jogging and nature trails, kayak and canoe rentals and a beach, it’s pretty much impossible to get bored here.

9.    The State Museum of Pennsylvania

This museum houses all kinds of fascinating trinkets and exhibits. You can take in geological and archeological items, paintings, art displays and even a planetarium.

10.  The Meadows

“Frozen custard just isn’t my thing,” said nobody EVER. If you’re in town over your spring break, no spring break is ever complete without a stop — or maybe two… or three — at The Meadows Original Frozen Custard. Here, you’ll find all kinds of frozen treats and goodies that are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.


Sticking around for spring break doesn't have to be boring. With the right destinations and an adventurous outlook, you can have a wonderful time right in your own backyard! 

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