Southcentral PA Attractions 
Dauphin County PA

On a visit to the Harrisburg PA area on a vacation, stop by one of the PA attractions located in the area.

Explore a cave or gardens, sample chocolate, take in an opera or enjoy a riverboat cruise.

This area of the state offers lots of things to see and do for the entire family.

There’s various cultural activities along with family friendly places to visit for a memorable vacation getaway.

Enjoy exploring the area, taking in the sights, eating good food and just being in the Keystone State!

Harrisburg Opera
The Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts
222 Market Street
Harrisburg PA 17101
Harrisburg PA Hotels

  • 2 major productions per year

Hershey’s Chocolate World

Hershey's Chocolate World  and red brick column with two silver Hershey's Kisses on each side on a stone walkway with green trees lining the walk

251 Park Boulevard
Hershey PA 17033
Hershey PA Hotels

One of the PA attractions open all year

You can create your own special chocolate bar using whatever ingredients you want and design a wrapper for it.

Take a free tour and see the chocolate being made then enjoy a sample at the end. Kids will enjoy the interactive displays. There’s also a 3D show, trolley tour and chocolate tasting tour.

Chocolate World

Hershey Gardens
170 Hotel Road

Closed January, February and most of March (opens end of March). See website as hours vary during the year.

  • 23 acres
  • Butterfly house – open end of May to mid September 9 AM-5 PM. 300+ butterflies, 25 different kinds
  • Themed gardens
  • Children’s garden has 30 themed gardens and offers hands on learning experiences for kids.
  • Events
  • Educational programs

Hershey Trolley Works

3 tours:

  • History and Chocolate Tour – Labor Day to Memorial Day
  • Trolley Adventure – Memorial Day to Labor Day, acting story of Milton Hershey’a life
  • Christmas story with actors includes caroling

Indian Echo Caverns

Indian Echo Caverns

368 Middletown Road
Hummelstown PA 17036
Hummelstown PA Hotels

Open all year. 9 AM-6 PM Memorial Day to Labor Day, 10 AM-4 PM all other times.

  • This is a limestone cave
  • Tours (bring a light jacket)
  • Gift shop
  • Educational programs
  • Events

Pride of the Susquehanna
Harrisburg 17108

Cruises begin Memorial Day weekend through fall. Closed winter months

  • Paddlewheel riverboat that cruises on the Susquehanna river
  • Dinner cruises
  • Sightseeing public cruise

State Capital
Commonwealth Ave

Guided tours Mon-Fri 8:30 AM-4 PM, Sat-Sun 9 AM, 11 AM, 1 PM, 3 PM – allow extra time for security clearance

  • 600+ rooms
  • Stained glass windows, marble staircase, paintings, dome

Enjoy the things to do in Pennsylvania in this region of the state! 

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