Guidebook for Harrisburg

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Guidebook for Harrisburg

Food Scene

I'm from Texas, yet this restaurant offers the best mix of southwest, S. American, and Mexican food I have ever had.
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El Sol Mexican Restaurant
18 S 3rd St
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I'm from Texas, yet this restaurant offers the best mix of southwest, S. American, and Mexican food I have ever had.
Keeps it basic with coffee and teas and only a few eats (made locally). The coffee is roasted in-house, usually lightly with full aromatic sensations. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly. My favorite drink is the Cold Jar. While you enjoy your time, you also are free to peruse their record collection (which is also for sale).
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Little Amps Coffee Roasters
1836 Green St
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Keeps it basic with coffee and teas and only a few eats (made locally). The coffee is roasted in-house, usually lightly with full aromatic sensations. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly. My favorite drink is the Cold Jar. While you enjoy your time, you also are free to peruse their record collection (which is also for sale).
All local, up-scale food. But this is not just a heck of a restaurant. This is also a building stocked full of art galleries for your enjoyment.
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Millworks
340 Verbeke St
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All local, up-scale food. But this is not just a heck of a restaurant. This is also a building stocked full of art galleries for your enjoyment.
My favorite place for breakfast or lunch (other than my home). This is on the finer side of diners and close to the capital buildings.
Roxy's Cafe
274 North St
My favorite place for breakfast or lunch (other than my home). This is on the finer side of diners and close to the capital buildings.
I kinda lose my mind over how good this place is. I love some authentic Indian food.
Nirvana Kitchen
3500 Walnut St
I kinda lose my mind over how good this place is. I love some authentic Indian food.
Cajun food? Yes please. With a heck of a corn bread.
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Crawdaddys
1500 N 6th St
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Cajun food? Yes please. With a heck of a corn bread.

Drinks & Nightlife

With regular music shows and a full bar, this place is a fun space to hang out for the off-kilter, hipster in you.
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Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center
1110 N 3rd St
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With regular music shows and a full bar, this place is a fun space to hang out for the off-kilter, hipster in you.
Absolutely delicious food and the home of my favorite beer, Strawberry Wheat, as well as a number of their other craft beer.
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Lancaster Brewing Company
302 N Plum St
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Absolutely delicious food and the home of my favorite beer, Strawberry Wheat, as well as a number of their other craft beer.
Great local, craft brews. Delicious food on the 1st floor restaurant (and view of the brewery itself). Events and shows on the second. A fun place to be!
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Appalachian Brewing Company
50 N Cameron St
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Great local, craft brews. Delicious food on the 1st floor restaurant (and view of the brewery itself). Events and shows on the second. A fun place to be!
Another renowned and local brewery with tours and great food.
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Tröegs Independent Brewing
200 Hersheypark Dr
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Another renowned and local brewery with tours and great food.
This is a fun bar in downtown for hangouts and eats. Bar on both floors with full restaurant on first floor.
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McGrath's Pub
202 Locust St
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This is a fun bar in downtown for hangouts and eats. Bar on both floors with full restaurant on first floor.

Parks & Nature

This place is a huge park within the city. Known for bird-watching and wanderers, it's an enjoyable scene. There are also frequent festivals and workshops and educated volunteers - fun to be had during turtle breeding season and when the water lilies are in bloom. It is set around preserved wetlands.
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Wildwood Park
100 Wildwood Way
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This place is a huge park within the city. Known for bird-watching and wanderers, it's an enjoyable scene. There are also frequent festivals and workshops and educated volunteers - fun to be had during turtle breeding season and when the water lilies are in bloom. It is set around preserved wetlands.
This runs the length of the Sesquehanna River in the main part of Harrisburg. Runners, bikers, and play can be found. City events often happen here as well.
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Riverfront Park
200 S Front St
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This runs the length of the Sesquehanna River in the main part of Harrisburg. Runners, bikers, and play can be found. City events often happen here as well.
This is the largest municipal public park in Harrisburg (and close to the house, connected by the Capital Area Greenbelt). Full of history, it houses the Civil War Museum, and festivals and events are had throughout the year. On 84 acres, there are plenty of spots to have a picnic or a private moment with friends and enjoy the sunset.
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Reservoir Park
100 Concert Dr
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This is the largest municipal public park in Harrisburg (and close to the house, connected by the Capital Area Greenbelt). Full of history, it houses the Civil War Museum, and festivals and events are had throughout the year. On 84 acres, there are plenty of spots to have a picnic or a private moment with friends and enjoy the sunset.
This 20 mile hiking and biking trail takes you around Harrisburg, connecting you to parks, night life, and eateries. Or, just a lovely place to wander.
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Capital Area Greenbelt
1550 S 19th St
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This 20 mile hiking and biking trail takes you around Harrisburg, connecting you to parks, night life, and eateries. Or, just a lovely place to wander.
Running from Georgia to Maine, this is one of the nations most acclaimed trails. And it happens to go right near Harrisburg. Explore some of the wild spaces on the trail for a day hike or a couple nights. Are you on the trail and want to stop in a bigger city than Duncannon for a few days? Try Harrisburg!
Appalachian Trail East
Appalachian Trail East
Running from Georgia to Maine, this is one of the nations most acclaimed trails. And it happens to go right near Harrisburg. Explore some of the wild spaces on the trail for a day hike or a couple nights. Are you on the trail and want to stop in a bigger city than Duncannon for a few days? Try Harrisburg!

Sightseeing

This is the country's fanciest capitol building by far. Think gold, bronze, marble, delicate and ornate artwork and carvings. This place is fancy and surrounded by other beautiful and luxurious buildings and impressive churches. If you're a fan of architecture, politics, or just want to rub shoulders with "important people" then this is a fun place for you. Also set on beautiful grounds for enjoying.
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Pennsylvania State Capitol
501 N 3rd St
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This is the country's fanciest capitol building by far. Think gold, bronze, marble, delicate and ornate artwork and carvings. This place is fancy and surrounded by other beautiful and luxurious buildings and impressive churches. If you're a fan of architecture, politics, or just want to rub shoulders with "important people" then this is a fun place for you. Also set on beautiful grounds for enjoying.
It was hard to pick a category for this as it is a historical location good for sight-seeing but, except for the occasional event between the two buildings, it mostly revolves around food. The front building has a ton of local vendors with ready-to-eat offerings. The back building is like a huge Farmer's Market. With fresh baked goods, loads of vegetables, fruits, local meats, raw milk, goat milk, sheep milk (and yogurts, ice cream, and cheeses), flowers, chocolates and deserts, and craftwork. And if you can't go to Lancaster, but want to see some Amish/Mennonite culture, this is a good place to do it as a significant proportion of the sellers are they.
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Broad Street Market
1233 N 3rd St
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It was hard to pick a category for this as it is a historical location good for sight-seeing but, except for the occasional event between the two buildings, it mostly revolves around food. The front building has a ton of local vendors with ready-to-eat offerings. The back building is like a huge Farmer's Market. With fresh baked goods, loads of vegetables, fruits, local meats, raw milk, goat milk, sheep milk (and yogurts, ice cream, and cheeses), flowers, chocolates and deserts, and craftwork. And if you can't go to Lancaster, but want to see some Amish/Mennonite culture, this is a good place to do it as a significant proportion of the sellers are they.
This is a historic Mansion with tours, set on a lovely park and garden.
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Fort Hunter Mansion and Park
5300 N Front St
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This is a historic Mansion with tours, set on a lovely park and garden.

Entertainment & Activities

FUN!
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Hersheypark
100 Hersheypark Dr
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FUN!
Impressive gardens leading into the zoo. Butterflies, flowers, and all the other good stuff.
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Hershey Gardens
170 Hotel Rd
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Impressive gardens leading into the zoo. Butterflies, flowers, and all the other good stuff.
This has a nice, big IMAX theatre. It also has lots to teach kids (and adults) about science and engineering. This venue also is a great spot where concerts, plays, and other performances are.
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Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts
222 Market St
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This has a nice, big IMAX theatre. It also has lots to teach kids (and adults) about science and engineering. This venue also is a great spot where concerts, plays, and other performances are.
This is a great place to get in touch with food. They offer a u-pick farm and fresh, organic produce.
Strites Orchard
1000 Strites Rd
This is a great place to get in touch with food. They offer a u-pick farm and fresh, organic produce.

Arts & Culture

Artists from around the world and history. Great for the art-lover and they have fun workshops for kids too. If you enjoy art, this is a must see.
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Susquehanna Art Museum
1401 N 3rd St
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Artists from around the world and history. Great for the art-lover and they have fun workshops for kids too. If you enjoy art, this is a must see.
This is an amazing art cooperative called The MakeSpace. They have a few resident artists who share the cost of the building (an old row home in uptown that they've repaired), then special local artists displayed monthly, and a number of special performances at the location throughout. They also have classes for kids. Check them out at hbgmakespace.com
1916 N 3rd St
1916 North 3rd Street
This is an amazing art cooperative called The MakeSpace. They have a few resident artists who share the cost of the building (an old row home in uptown that they've repaired), then special local artists displayed monthly, and a number of special performances at the location throughout. They also have classes for kids. Check them out at hbgmakespace.com
Really, I recommend this because the planetarium is cool.
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The State Museum of Pennsylvania
300 North St
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Really, I recommend this because the planetarium is cool.

Shopping

Another one that's tough to categorize. Right across from the Broad Street Market, this is a 3 (or maybe 4, depending on how you look at it) story, used-book store - the 2nd largest in the country after Powell's in Portland, OR. With the gamut of selection as well as rare books and prints, two cafes, an art gallery, event rooms, and a stage for special events. There are book-signings, artists, music performances, political debates, comedy shows, and many more things to find. Owned by our mayor!
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The Midtown Scholar Bookstore
1302 N 3rd St
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Another one that's tough to categorize. Right across from the Broad Street Market, this is a 3 (or maybe 4, depending on how you look at it) story, used-book store - the 2nd largest in the country after Powell's in Portland, OR. With the gamut of selection as well as rare books and prints, two cafes, an art gallery, event rooms, and a stage for special events. There are book-signings, artists, music performances, political debates, comedy shows, and many more things to find. Owned by our mayor!
If you have a thing for vintage clothes and accessories, this place is really fun. It started out a tiny shop near midtown, but has grown into a hot spot for fun finds.
Stash Vintage
11 S 3rd St
If you have a thing for vintage clothes and accessories, this place is really fun. It started out a tiny shop near midtown, but has grown into a hot spot for fun finds.