During the day, it’s a sea of employees walking on breaks, enjoying lunch at one of our one-of-a-kind restaurants, and hustling to and from meetings. Harrisburg’s Capitol Complex is at the center of downtown – keeping a beat on what’s happening throughout the state. At night, the atmosphere transforms into a hip scene with bars, restaurants, nightlife and art galleries. From the upscale lounge to the local pub, and everything in between, downtown offers a wide assortment of places to choose from for every taste and personality.
We recommend the creative cocktails at Cafe Fresco. Whether you are looking for authentic international cuisine, gourmet local fair or delicious craft beers, your taste buds will not be disappointed. Try them all as you stroll along 2nd Street’s Restaurant Row from Chestnut to Forester, or visit an art gallery displaying the work of local artists during one of their happy hour events.
For the shopper, Strawberry Square and the Shops on 3rd are focal points of downtown. Amma Jo's a fashion boutique, The Plum, and several specialty shops along South of Market (SOMA), await your arrival. And for the art enthusiast, the Art Association of Harrisburg is open seven days a week or visit Gallery @ Second located only a few blocks from the Capitol.
There are many regional and national performing acts that you can see at the Whitaker Center’s Sunoco Performance Theatre, or enjoy a local performance at Open Stage of Harrisburg or Theatre Harrisburg. If Shakespeare is your thing, Gamut Theatre offers productions year-round, including a children’s performance troupe. Turn the day into an educational visit at The Pennsylvania State Museum - home to a planetarium and exhibits that change throughout the year. Take a short walk across the Walnut Street Walking Bridge to City Island, where you can enjoy water golf, batting cages, horse-drawn carriage ride, or catch a game at FNB Field – home to the Minor League Baseball Team the Harrisburg Senators.