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8 Ways to Beat the Summer Heat

Published: Jul 19, 2019

Summer is in full swing and with temperatures reaching the triple digits, we've got you covered. Check out these eight cool ideas to fill those scorching summer days:

1. Visit the Moon at the State Museum

In addition to the PA State Museum's 10 permanent exhibits, including their always popular mammal hall and dinosaur exhibit, they also offer a series of summer events and temporary exhibits. New this year, from July 17-21st, the Museum is hosting "Moon Madness" a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, featuring Learn at Lunchtime in the Planetarium, children's art activities and a 3rd in the Burg Moon Madness Party! The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 9am to 5pm, and Sunday from noon to 5pm. 

2. Explore Local Art

If you haven't gotten the chance to explore the Millworks local artist studios, the heat of the summer is the perfect time! Grab a drink from the Millworks Brewery or a bite from their fabulous restaurant before exploring the creations of 36 regional artists who all have studios inside the Millworks. Seize the opportunity to watch these artists create their one-of-a-kind pieces and demonstrate their techniques at an open house, and take home a unique piece at the shop located on the first floor, which offers a selection of pieces from all of the studio artists.

Watercolor at The Millworks

3. Catch a Show

Cool off at a theatrical performance by one of Harrisburg's fabulous theatre groups. The Popcorn Hat Players are performing their children's show, Beauty and the Beast, throughout the summer and tickets are only $8! The HBG Improv Theatre offers free Improv shows every Saturday at 7pm, and their shows are all BYOB! Open Stage of Harrisburg will be hosting their Musical Theatre Workshop 2019 Showcase on July 25th and 26th. This musical revue will be held at the Scottish Rite (2701 N. 3rd St.) and tickets are only $12.

4. Try the Tasting Rooms

For the adults in the group, spend an afternoon at Hops, Vines & Spirits Tasting Room on 2nd Street in downtown Harrisburg. Featuring flights from two wineries, two breweries and a different PA distillery every month, their selection is always changing. Grab a seat at one of the indoor picnic tables and enjoy one of the classic board games while trying drinks from across the State. Just a few doors down, Taste Agave is a Tequila tasting room that is well known for their unique taco pairings.


5. Relax on the Riverboat

Ok, I know this is an outdoor adventure, but did you know that the Riverboat has a refreshingly air-conditioned interior? Enjoy the view from the rooftop deck of the riverboat, then hop downstairs to cool off and grab a bite to eat at their cafe. The interior of the Riverboat was beautifully restored years ago and dozens of windows offer you breathtaking views of the City and the river, while staying cool.

6. Visit Mecum Auto Auctions

Inside the massive PA Farm Show Complex, over 1,200 vehicles will be auctioned in late July and early August. From collector cars and motorcycles, to trucks, SUV's and even a vintage go-cart, Mecum has something for everyone. The four-day event kicks off on Wednesday, July 31st at 10am and runs through Saturday, August 3rd. Advanced tickets are only $20 and can be reserved here.


7. Feed Your Inner Bookworm

In the afternoon heat, pop over to the Midtown Scholar, Harrisburg's award-winning independent bookstore, stocked with over 200,000 new, used and rare books! While exploring five levels of towering bookshelves in this renovated 1920's movie theater, you can grab a refreshing snack or beverage from their cafe and find a quite nook or cranny to curl up in and sort through your finds. The Scholar also hosts dozens of summer events including book signings, author talks, poetry readings, community events and more. 

8. Cool Down at a FIRE Museum

Yes, you read that correctly! Harrisburg is home to the PA National Fire Museum, a beautifully restored 1899 Victorian Firehouse filled with exhibits showcasing the history of the fire service. Explore antique fire engines, wagons and models. Admission is only $7.

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Author: Devan Drabik

Guest Contributor & Former Director of Marketing and Communications for ExploreHBG from 2018-2021