The neighborhoods of downtown Harrisburg are full of surprise and delight. From the stunning architecture and stained-glass artwork of the Pennsylvania Capitol Building to our museums steeped in State and National history, Harrisburg will offer those history buffs lucky enough to extend their business trip into a slightly longer stay, with enough to see that it may require a return visit!
See the architectural and artistic features of our Capitol, a place President Teddy Roosevelt called “the handsomest building” he’d ever seen! Guided tours through this “Palace of Art” feature its famous collection of stained glass windows, indoor and outdoor sculptures, and impressive murals and paintings. After lunch in the cafeteria, stop by the interactive Welcome Center to learn about Pennsylvania history and legislative processes of the Commonwealth.
One of Harrisburg’s historic residences, the John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion has stood the test of time to tell the story of the prominent Pennsylvanians it housed over the centuries. Its original owner was John Harris, Jr., Harrisburg’s founder and namesake, and was later owned by Simon Cameron, notable statesman and Secretary of War under President Abraham Lincoln. On a guided tour, see how each of the mansion’s owners contributed to its history.
Discover the whole story of the Civil War as told from both sides of the battlefield, depicting this restless chapter of our nation’s history. The National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg has two floors of beautiful exhibits, with thousands of three-dimensional relics including uniforms, weapons, and personal effects of the fallen soldiers.
Get a unique perspective of Harrisburg from the Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat, one of only six authentic paddlewheel riverboats in the country. Float along the mighty Susquehanna River while enjoying live music, a handcrafted cocktail, or a sunset dinner cruise. Check the schedule for themed cruises, such as Pirates and Princesses.
STEP-ON GUIDES When your group starts asking questions about the history of Hershey and Harrisburg, you’ll wish you had one of our region’s knowledgeable and professional step-on guides on board, who can provide unique windshield tours and historical narration. Let us show you around!