Most people recognize Hershey, PA as a travel destination thanks to its iconic candy maker and philanthropist - Milton Hershey. Harrisburg, on the other hand, sometimes carries name recognition when related to state government, but probably less so as a "let's go there for a family summer getaway" destination. Harrisburg may not have Milton, but it's full of entertainment and exciting attractions to fill your getaway schedule. We're here to list just a few of the activities that combine for the ultimate urban family adventure.

There is so much history along the banks of the Susquehanna River. Stroll along Front Street to see beautiful architecture, but glance across the river to Harrisburg City Island if you're in town for some sports action! FNB Field is home to the Washington Nationals' AA Affiliate Harrisburg Senators. Summer and baseball and family go together like nachos and cheese. Yes, please! New this year, the field goes all "transformer" on us to unfold into the home of the Harrisburg City Islanders Professional Soccer Club.

What's a river without a river boat? Better yet, what's a river without one of just seven authentic stern-driven paddle wheel riverboats in the country? Board the Pride of the Susquehanna for daily scenic cruises, or check the events calendar for specialty themes like pirates and pizza cruises.

Whitaker Center Harrisburg

In the heart of Downtown Harrisburg, The Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts is a playground for your mind. Hands on exhibits thrill guests of all ages. There's a curious mind in all of us, and it's as much fun to join in the activities as it is to watch our children learn and grow as they wander through three floors of exhibit space. Learn about extreme weather, try your hand at movie sound effects or battle against germs with exhibits that teach us about health and wellness. 

For an extra dose of entertainment, be sure to check the schedule for Gamut Theatre's Popcorn Hat Players. The acting group is in its new home just across from Strawberry Square in Downtown Harrisburg and they're always serving up quirky and comical takes to our favorite children's stories.