There are many Harrisburg attractions for you to explore close by your New Holland Bed and Breakfast. Whether it is history that interests you, old rail yards or museums there is something for everyone.
Pennsylvania's capitol building
N 3rd and State St
Harrisburg, PA 17120
The capitol building in Harrisburg is known as one of the most beautiful in the United States. It is a Renaissance architecture with an extensive art collection with works of art such as large murals and sculptures. Pennsylvania's history is depicted in tiles in the main hallway. The dome stretches 272 feet above you as you stand and gaze upward. Tours of the building are free and you will want to call and reserve a tour well in advance of your trip. The tour takes about 40 minutes and they are available through the weekdays and weekends and some holidays. Take time to walk across the plaza where you will find the state library with a special room to search your family's genealogy. At the Welcome Center in the East Wing of the capitol there are exhibits to learn about Pennsylvania's government. The center is open during regular workdays from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
There are many museums included among Harrisburg attractions, in fact there are too many to name them all. However, no matter what your interests are there is a museum in this state capitol that is dedicated to your interest. The list would intice any New Holland Inn visitor including the National Watch and Clock Museum, the National Civil War Museum, Doll House Museum, African American Museum and Susquehanna Art Museum to name a few.
Harrisburg is also home to "The Pride of the Susquehanna." This authentic paddle-wheel riverboat has been cruising the scenic Susquehanna River for about 20 years. The boat is owned and operated by the Harrisburg Area Riverboat Society and operates from May to October as well as for special events. There are daily (except Mondays) hour-long guided river cruises running throughout the summer. Special tours are available all summer and at certain times of the year including dinner cruises, Italian Festival Cruise, mock pirate tours and much more. Special cruise tickets can be reserved on line and tickets are sold at the kiosk at Riverside Village.
A unique Harrisburg attraction has a history as a transportation hub. The area called Enola rail-yard was known as the largest rail freight classification yard in the U.S according to the Norfolk Southern Corporation. You can visit this former Pennsylvania Railroad yard which sits across the river from northern Harrisburg. You can also see what is said to be one of the longest stone railroad bridges in the world, the Rockville Bridge. It crosses the Susquehanna just north of the rail-yard.
Statue of Liberty
Route 322, just north of Harrisburg
Located in the Dauphin Narrows of the Susquehanna River just north of Harrisburg is a 25-foot replica of the Statue of Liberty. It was originally built on July 2, 1986 by activist Gene Stilp. At first the statue was 18 feet tall. It was first made totally of venetian blinds. It was destroyed by a windstorm and Stilp, with help from other Harrisburg residents, rebuilt the 25-foot version out of a variety of building materials which included glass and fiberglass, metal and others.
New Holland Bed and Breakfast travelers will find interesting, fun, educational things to do in Pennsylvania's State Capitol city, Harrisburg.