It might be cold outside, but the Hershey Harrisburg Region has fun all year round and some of the best indoor things to do in PA! 

History & Museums 

There’s no shortage of attractions for history buffs and those of us who just like learning something new!

The National Civil War Museum, is the only museum in the nation that portrays the entire story of the American Civil War, as told from both sides of the battlefield. It features more than 4,400 three-dimensional artifacts and 21,000 archival artifacts throughout its two floors of exquisite exhibits. 

The State Museum of Pennsylvania (affectionately known as the Smithsonian of Pennsylvania) has three floors of Pennsylvania history, featuring an 18-foot statue of William Penn and a ginormous mastodon skeleton uncovered in the Pocono Mountains. From the realistic natural habitats in Mammal Hall to Native American history to our stars and planets, there’s a lot to marvel at the Museum!

Learn the sweet history of the town built on chocolate and the legacy and life of its brilliant founder, Milton Hershey, at The Hershey Story, The Museum on Chocolate Avenue. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a Chocolate Lab class and sample warm drinking chocolate from around the globe! 

Indoor Tours 

There's plenty to do indoors when winter’s chill fills the air! Chocolate lovers from around the globe unite at Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction where its free to take the chocolate tour factory ride that shows you how Hershey’s sweet confections are made. Step inside for a guided cavern expedition at Echo Dell – Indian Echo Caverns, where the natural thermostat is always 52 degrees! Tours are offered daily at the State Capitol building in Harrisburg that’s filled with impressive art and architecture and a palpable energy as the heartbeat of Pennsylvania politics. Or if you're an adventurous type of visitor, embrace the cold and hit the slopes at Roundtop Mountain Resort.

Susquehanna Art Museum

PA State Capitol

Arts & Culture 

The Hershey Harrisburg Region has a rich arts and culture scene that includes thought-provoking art exhibitions and a diverse lineup of theatre shows.

Take a self-guided driving or walking tour of Harrisburg’s impressions city murals. Sprocket Mural Works, in conjunction with local sponsors and regional and national artists, has beautified the city with multi-story mural masterpieces. It’s free to explore the Art Association of Harrisburg’s galleries which highlight its members’ work in rotating themed collections. In Midtown Harrisburg, don’t miss the Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg’s only dedicated art museum and a non-collecting museum with new exhibitions several times a year.

From toe-tapping Broadway shows to entertaining and affordable local theatre, snag tickets to a performance and enjoy the show! Heralded as “The Most Impressive Theatre in Pennsylvania,” The Hershey Theatre’s opulence and architecture is almost as impressive as their lineup which includes Tony Award winning musicals, touring comedians, and whimsical kids’ shows. Harrisburg is home to several small acting troupes (Gamut Theatre Group, Theatre Harrisburg, and Open Stage) that bring flair to Shakespeare and entertain with incendiary, intimate performances.

Open yourself up to the beauty of classical music with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra (HSO), who is celebrating 90 years of excellence. Their Masterworks series highlights the classical symphony masters like Brahms, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky, or you can pair instruments with velvety voices with their contemporary Pops series. HSO performs at Harrisburg’s iconic venue, The Forum, located across the street from the Capitol.

Expo! Expo! Expo! 

The Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center is bustling this time of year and hosting some of the largest exhibitions in the nation, and the world! While these consumer shows can be niche, there’s sure to be family fun, delicious food, and entertainment for everyone to enjoy.

Great American Outdoor Show

  • Pennsylvania Farm Show (January 2021) - Don't miss the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation including 6,000 animals, hundreds of exhibits and vendors, dozens of demonstrations and contests, and one incredible butter sculpture!
  • Pennsylvania Auto Show (January 2021) – Whether you’re in the market for a new ride or just want to browse, the PA Auto Show brings more than 600 cars, trucks, SUVs, motorcycles, ATVs, boats, and more from 30+ manufacturers!
  • Great American Outdoor Show (February 2021) - Harrisburg transforms into the outdoor enthusiast capitol of the world during this nine-day extravaganza. Vendors, demonstrations, contests, concerts, and more! 
  • Motorama (February, 2021) - It’s an action-packed weekend at the nation’s largest indoor motorsports event, featuring arenacross, karts, R/C, robots, and more! 
  • Horse World Expo (February to March 2021) - Join the country's leading equestrian clinicians and entertainers in Harrisburg for 4 days of entertainment, education, shopping, and of course, a horse or two! Show horses welcome!

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We're a year-round destination, so you're welcome to visit us anytime!