Family Fun in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

by Country Inns & Suites
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Rich in history and packed with family activities, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania ,offers a warm, small town atmosphere with big city attractions. You’ll have no problem building a fun travel itinerary around this exciting city and its surrounding area. Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

Start your visit by shopping and browsing the local retail districts of Harrisburg. Strawberry Square is a unique retail complex that shouldn’t be missed. With a mix of atrium shops, eateries, a theater, and offices, you can easily spend a whole day enjoying yourself. The Shoppes of the Meck Knitting Mill is another distinct venue you should add to your itinerary. This re-purposed historic knitting mill offers 12 unique boutiques and a great café. You can step back in time at their general store or shop Amish furniture, jewelry, and antiques. Finally, don’t forget to stop by the Broad Street Market to browse all of the local produce, baked goods, and more. It’s the oldest continuously operated market house in the country.

Broad Street Market Photo by Flickr user David Flores

It wouldn’t be a Harrisburg visit without indulging in some sweets in nearby Hershey! Learn how chocolate is made and even make your own chocolate bar at Hershey’s Chocolate World. If you’re a theme park lover, spend a day enjoying the rides at the famous Hersheypark.

Herysheypark Photo by Flickr user jcapaldi

After you’ve satisfied your sweet tooth and shopping cravings, find even more entertainment and adventure at City Island. This major park located in downtown Harrisburg offers batting cages, an arcade, miniature golf, and boat and kayak rentals. If you’re a sports fan, you can also cheer on the Harrisburg Senators baseball team and enjoy food from local vendors.

There’s something for everyone in Harrisburg. Grab your family, loved ones, or friends and plan a trip to Pennsylvania this season. Book your stay at one of the several Country Inns & Suites By Carlson hotels in the area and your trip will be filled with smiles from sunrise to sunset.