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Harrisburg Sights and Landmarks Guide, Pennsylvania

Sights to see in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Along the Susquehanna River shores, the city of Harrisburg has developed from a self-effacing ferry settlement to a pictorial capital city. South Central Pennsylvania is a promising centre for the culture and arts of the region, offering all the pleasures expected from an urban metropolitan area. It is home to a wide variety of museums, historical buildings and sightseeing opportunities.

Museums: The Susquehanna Art Museum provides fine displays of art reflecting the community’s cultural heritage. The State Museum of Pennsylvania features some of the significant preserved artefacts including archaeology, fine arts, military history, William Penn Memorial, a planetarium and the Brockerhoff House. The National Civil War Museum is the only museum in the US which portrays the complete story of the American Civil War. The John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion was built by John Harris Jr. in 1766 and now serves as a Victorian show place. The Historical Society of Dauphin County operates it as a museum and it contains Harris artefacts and several original Cameron furnishing.

Science Centres: Whitaker Centre for Science and Arts offers more than 200 interactive exhibitions located in a 20,000 sq. ft. facility including a Big Science Theatre and STARS Activities. The centre also provides multi-level learning prospects for public and groups. It includes a Sunoco Performance Theatre that features live performance arts, a science centre and an IMAX Theatre. The centre also hosts school outings, special events and summer camps from time to time.

Natural attractions: The Susquehanna River is the longest one on the East Coast of America. The river originates from the Otsego Lake, flows through northern Maryland, eastern Pennsylvania and New York and pours into the Chesapeake Bay. Fort Hunter Mansion and Park is a mansion and plantation complex built in the 19th century. The City Island is situated in the middle of the Susquehanna River and hosts several old time attractions like mini steam train and restored carousal. This charming island features several cafes, fountains, water mini-golf, shops and a riverside stadium.

Sports attractions: Commerce Bank Park hosts Harrisburg Senators Baseball club and several home games take place here from April to September. The Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex is a 25 acres facility which hosts trade shows, exhibits and agriculture shows all through the year. The Wellness and Personal Training Service centre has been dedicated to serve those who have physical challenges and developmental disabilities. The centre also includes massage therapy, personal training, entertainment, dance, exercise videos and parties.

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