Fill your days observing animals from all over North America and the world. Bike, hike, and boat on some of the most serene and picturesque woods and waterways in the state. It’s all right here in the Hershey Harrisburg Region!
Stroll the tree-lined pathways as you learn about more than 200 animals from five regions in North America at ZooAmerica®, the 11-acre walk-thru zoo adjacent to Hersheypark®. Find out what happens at the Zoo in the morning hours or after the Zoo closes with their Behind-the-Scenes tours! If you want to get up close and personal with exotic animals, then Lake Tobias Wildlife Park is for you. Check out the Reptiles & Exotics building for all things scaly and slithery, feed the animals in the petting zoo, and take a safari tour across 150 acres of rolling land where you will see herds of animals from around the world.
Swimsuit, sunscreen, hat, and bug spray - Check! It’s time to get on the road to Little Buffalo State Park in Newport. You can boat and fish in Holman Lake, and cool off in the park’s huge, crystal clear pool. If you want to stay a little closer to the action, the fun and free Wildwood Park in Harrisburg offers trails and boardwalks for walks, bike rides, bird watching, and picnics. Don’t miss the Benjamin Olewine III Nature Center with interactive opportunities for learning about the area’s natural resources and conservation efforts. Just outside Millersburg, The Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art celebrates the life and works of the nationally recognized wildlife artist, naturalist and writer, Ned Smith. The Center’s lands offer a tranquil outdoor experience on more than 500 acres of rustic beauty, and the Olewine Gallery features both original Ned Smith works and changing exhibits of contemporary artists and photographers.
In summer, the flowing waters of the broad Susquehanna River provide many opportunities for recreation and relief from hot summer days. Through Blue Mountain Outfitters just across the river in Marysville, you can rent a canoe, kayak, or stand up paddleboard for an unforgettable trip down the Susquehanna. As you travel along the waterway, admire the wildlife, fish, swim, or wade in the waters. If you’d prefer not to do the paddling yourself, hop aboard the Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat for a cruise on the Susquehanna. Any of their tours offer excellent views, but the Susquehanna River School Cruise provides an in-depth look into the history and biology of the river through direct instruction and group activities. You can also enjoy the river by bike. An especially popular path is the Capital Area Greenbelt, a 20-mile ring of parks and trails circling Harrisburg. Your ride on the Greenbelt will also take you by Wildwood Lake Sanctuary and Nature Center.