The town of Harrisburg was officially incorporated in 1791, becoming the capital of Pennsylvania at the end of 1812.


Welcome to Harrisburg

Pennsylvania’s state capital is an exciting, walkable city with a rich historical legacy spanning more than 200 years
The Commonwealth capital, Harrisburg, is a walkable, urban city with a rich historical legacy that spans more than two centuries. Great nightlife, historical and cultural attractions, and many year-round festivals attract thousands of tourists and locals each year. Perched alongside the scenic Susquehanna River, the state capital is home to the grand Capitol building and the State Museum of Pennsylvania.
Many of Harrisburg's areas of interest are dedicated to celebrating the city's natural, industrial, and cultural heritage. The Capitol is one of the city's most notable features, with the dome — a copy of the St. Peter's Basilica dome — dominating the skyline. People also enjoy visiting the city to watch the Harrisburg Senators baseball games and attend events like the Shakespeare Festival and the Pennsylvania Farm Show. Of course, Harrisburg is also close to the popular, chocolate-themed Hersheypark!

What to Love

 • Rich historical legacy
 • Walkable and pedestrian-friendly
 • Close to Hersheypark
 • Home to Senators Baseball team
 • Great nightlife, shopping, and dining
 • Year-round events and festivals

People & Lifestyle

The appeal of living in Pennsylvania's state capital cannot be understated. Over the past several decades, Harrisburg has consistently ranked as one of the best places to live in the state, touting an ideal housing market for millennials and young professionals looking for business success.
First-time homebuyers are in good hands here, with many moving into neighborhoods like Allison Hill, Olde Uptown, Uptown, Downtown, or Midtown. Great restaurants, historic theaters, music venues, museums, baseball, and bars are scattered throughout the district. Plus, Harrisburg is just a few hours away from major cities like Baltimore, Washington D.C., and New York City.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Harrisburg operates Broad Street Market, one of the oldest farmers' markets in the country. Guests have their choice of organic produce, meats, freshly prepared meals, and baked goods at this charming marketplace.
Enjoy a hearty burger, fries, milkshakes, sandwiches, and hot dogs at the classic hamburger restaurant Burger Yum. For coffee, Elementary Coffee freshly roasts the beans to create a carefully crafted brew. Adventurous diners should sample the grilled octopus and bison short rib at Home 231, a stylish farm-to-table eatery serving inventive dishes.
Harrisburg is home to two notable theaters, the beautifully renovated and historic Gamut Theatre, and professional downtown Open Stage. Both theaters put on entertaining and thought-provoking productions year-round.
Instead of remaining indoors on days when the weather is nice, visit Riverfront Park, Italian Lake, or bike along the Greenbelt Bike Trail. Riverfront Park hosts many of Harrisburg's most popular festivals and features bike lanes, exercise stations, and the pedestrian walkway Walnut Street Bridge, which connects with City Island. The bike trail is a 20-mile loop through and around Harrisburg, passing through several wooded areas and along the Susquehanna River. 

Things to Do

Harrisburg University hosts a summer concert series at the scenic Riverfront Park each year. Come summer, the city puts on the annual Kipona Festival, a three-day event featuring fireworks, live music, a family fun zone, an artist market, kayak races, a beer garden, and more.
Baseball fans come out in droves to support the Harrisburg Senators team, a Minor League Baseball Team, and an affiliate of the Washington Nationals. Stay up-to-date on their schedule at the official Senators Baseball website.
The opulent and grand Pennsylvania State Capitol Complex captivates visitors with its brilliant artwork and centuries of commonwealth history. Free guided tours are available to the public.
Sprocket Mural Works hosts guided tours along the Harrisburg Mural Trail so guests can see more than 40 colorful murals adorning various buildings and walls throughout Harrisburg. They also host the Harrisburg Mural Festival.


Harrisburg is served by the Harrisburg School District and also has an extensive Catholic educational system.

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