If you get tired of the mansions and museums filling Harrisburg, PA, there are also great places to visit that let you experience the simple joy of being outside. See more here.

Wildwood Park

Wildwood Park is a wonderous 229-acre park where bird watchers love to spend their days.  It provides a three-mile paved trail, a boardwalk, and lots of quiet places.  There is also a wetlands area that draws lots of water birds. Wildwood Park is home to the Olewine Nature Center. At this center, naturalists are conducting environmental studies that are put on display in various exhibits.  There are also plenty of places to picnic with the family.  See here for information about Treats for the Eyes in Harrisburg, PA.

Capital Area Greenbelt

The Capital Area Greenbelt is a 20-mile trail that loops throughout Harrisburg.  Some of the trail is paved, while other parts are gravel or crushed stone.  It is open to biking and walking.  The Capital Area Greenbelt connects with many of the city parks and gardens. Going through Riverfront Park, it passes alongside the Susquehanna River.  Since it’s a city greenbelt, it also passes through urban offices and residential areas.  

The National Civil War Museum can be reached via the Greenbelt, and a connecting trail is being constructed to Fort Hunter.