If you are lucky enough to live in Pine Grove, you have the luxury of being within driving distance of historic Harrisburg. The state capital of Pennsylvania has many things to offer history buffs and beer aficionados alike. With only 37 miles between you and a fun-filled day trip, what’s stopping you? Keep reading to learn about six of the city’s must-see attractions.
The State Capitol Building
You can’t take a day trip to Harrisburg without visiting the building that Theodore Roosevelt called “the handsomest building [he] ever saw.” The capitol building’s eye-catching centerpiece is a magnificent 272-foot, 52 million–pound dome made of green-glazed terra-cotta tile. The visual entertainment doesn’t stop on the outside, either. The inside of the Pennsylvania State Capitol boasts paintings and stained glass created by some of the best craftsmen of its time. The building holds tours seven days a week, so your day trip doesn’t have to be confined to the weekend.
National Civil War Museum
If the state capitol building isn’t enough for the history buff in your life, there is the National Civil War Museum, also open seven days a week. You can learn everything there is to know about the American Civil War by walking the halls here. The museum illustrates the struggle from both sides of this infamous war in chronological order.
Appalachian Brewing Co
All that touring and perusing of museums can make you thirsty. When thirst strikes, you can visit Harrisburg’s first and only brewery, the Appalachian Brewing Co., for handcrafted ales and lagers. If you happen to take your day trip on a Saturday, stop here for a free tour that will take you through the entire beer and soda brewing process. If you get hungry, not to worry — this brewpub also provides fresh and inventive eats.
For those who want to get away from it all, there is Wildwood Park. Located on the edge of Harrisburg in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania, this park offers everything from trail hiking to bird-watching. There is also a lake where visitors can catch views of some of the local wildlife or just relax and watch the colorful sunset. Open Tuesday through Sunday, there is also a kid-friendly Nature Center with interactive exhibits and a reading area.
Located off the Market Street Bridge and the Susquehanna River is 63 acres of fun on City Island. You can play minigolf and arcade games or try your hand at the batting cages. If you would rather watch someone else swing a bat, you can catch a Harrisburg Senators baseball game at Metro Bank Park. Taking a leisurely boat ride on the Pride of Susquehanna is also a must. If the weather is right, visitors can relax on the beach.
Harrisburg has an attraction for all ages at Hershey Park! This fun-filled amusement park has roller coasters, water rides, and even an 11-acre zoo close by. In addition, families can see hundreds of exotic butterflies in Hershey Gardens and experience chocolate heaven in Hershey’s Chocolate World. Though not technically in Harrisburg, this must-see amusement park is worth the extra few miles of travel.
There are only 40 minutes between you and a fun-filled day trip to Harrisburg. With so many things to see and do, there is something for everyone in Pennsylvania’s capital. Gather your friends and family today, and let the adventure begin!