City Island in Harrisburg is one of a few places left that can effortlessly provide a classic day of family fun. It’s a chance to slow down and savor the little things like family moments and company of friends. Baseball and hot dogs, carousel rides and mini golf, sharing a horse-drawn carriage ride - City Island is a little slice of Americana that’s reminiscent of the days you cherish and an experience you'll want to share with your kids today!
Harrisburg Senators Baseball
Baseball is the treasured pastime of generations, and there's nothing like root, root, rooting for the home team! In the spring and summer, FNB field lights up the night and draws thousands of fans young and old to cheer on the Harrisburg Senators, AA affiliate of the Washington Nationals. Watch the players take the field while you nosh on classic ballpark concessions like popcorn, hot dogs, cotton candy, and Cracker Jacks, and new favorites like Arooga’s hot wings! On the seventh inning stretch, take the little leaguers down to the Kids Zone which boasts a large display of inflatable fun! Between the post-game fireworks and free fan giveaways, the unique location of this ballpark allows for beautiful city views and refreshing river breezes.
Soccer! Football! Fútbol! However you say it, Penn FC (Football Club) delivers United Soccer League action as the official professional team of Rush Soccer. Penn FC’s roster is stacked with the best up-and-coming players from across the country and internationally who are eager to score big in Central Pennsylvania. Catch a game in FNB field when the Senators are out of town!
The Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat
There's no doubt that the majestic red and white Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat will catch your eye while it's cruising along Harrisburg's riverfront. It's one of six remaining authentic paddlewheel vessels in the country and a true treat for its passengers. Launching from City Island, the Pride welcomes you aboard for daily 45-minute sightseeing tours with 360-degree photo ops of the Susquehanna, Harrisburg, its bridges, and the Island! At night you'll find the Pride shining bright, hosting dinner cruises, taking sunset sails, and throwing happy hour parties before moonlight trips down the river. On Saturday mornings, the Pride becomes a floating classroom with the Susquehanna River School, a 75-minute cruise teaching kids, and adults about the ecology and history of the Susquehanna River! No matter how you experience the Pride, there’s nothing like putting your elbows on the railing and watching the water churn as you float around and soak up a great day.
The friendly staff at Café Huey offers a full menu of sandwiches, appetizers, and desserts to enjoy. Most of all, Café Huey's location between the ballpark and the Pride's launch dock provides breathtaking panoramic riverfront dining views.
South Mountain Carriage Company
A horse-drawn carriage ride around Harrisburg is a charming addition to any getaway. Available for romantic dinner dates and groups up to 10, the South Mountain Carriage Company takes riders on city tours with true American horsepower! Cross this whimsical excursion off your bucket list!
City Island Railroad & Carousel
All aboard! While City Island is small enough to walk around arm in arm, you can kick back and see it all from the City Island Railroad. This a miniature version of a Civil War-era steam train takes visitors on a scenic tour around the island. Between the train station and the ballpark, you'll find a beautiful antique Carousel whose painted ponies and quintessential music will transport you back to childhood fairs.
Water Golf, Batting Cages & Arcade
There's no shortage of sports on City Island! The fun is on par at Water Golf, a beautifully landscaped 18-hole miniature golf course perfect for friendly competition and panoramic views of the sunset over the Susquehanna River. You can also step up to the plate and practice your swing in the batting cages next to the ballpark or try your hand (and thumbs) at the video games in the arcade!
Unleash the kids for make-believe fun at the HarbourTown playground area. With the Harrisburg city skyline in the background, the kids can run through and climb around a miniature village with a general store, a pirate ship, and a lighthouse. This tiny town makes an excellent backdrop for an impromptu photo shoot of your little ones at play!
More to Explore
The classic family fun on City Island can be carried over into Harrisburg, which is connected the Island by bridge. Families with kids of any age can learn something new at the Whitaker Center for Science & the Arts and the State Museum of Pennsylvania. Catch a classic fairytale performance at the Gamut Theatre, where its Popcorn Hat Players ensemble put on funny shows for kids!
A fun family outing, a home run of a date night, and some of the city’s best photo op spots. Welcome to this island getaway.