Downtown Harrisburg

Photo credit: Harrisburg Hilton.

Seasonal direct service from Denver to downtown Harrisburg on Frontier Airlines (May – January) opened up a whole new part of the country my family is eager to explore. Our first taste of Central Pennsylvania came this summer when we spent the night of our arrival at the downtown Harrisburg Hilton.


Just as one could expect from Hilton, the Hilton Harrisburg provides everything a weary traveler could need: comfort, class and convenience. Complimentary WiFi, a heated indoor pool and state-of-the-art cardio and strength training equipment are just a few of the modern amenities you will enjoy.


One amenity you can’t put a price on are the views of the Harrisburg skyline and the Susquehanna River from your room.

Downtown Harrisburg

Susquehanna River from our room. Photo credit: Chris Bird / Standby TravelingMom.

Things to Do in Downtown Harrisburg 

15 minutes from Harrisburg International Airport, the Hilton is located right smack in the middle of it all in historic downtown.

Just two blocks from the State Capitol Complex, the Hilton is also connected by an enclosed walkway to the Whitaker Center for Science and Arts which offers concert performances, live theater, IMAX cinema, art exhibits and hands-on science-based exhibits at the Harsco Science Center.

The Hilton offers three dining options at the Market Square Café, Raspberries and The Golden Sheaf, or, you could head out to some of the neighbors on Restaurant Row.

Lancaster Amish country and Gettysburg are both less than an hour drive away, or visit the National Civil War Museum right there in Harrisburg.

Best of all, you’re just 15 minutes from Hershey Park, Chocolate World and The Hershey Story Museum.

Hilton Hershey Park Package

  • Breakfast for two adults
  • Two adult one-day admission tickets to Hershey Park
  • Two tickets to Whitaker Center
  • Overnight self-parking for one vehicle

If you’re visiting in January, check out the State Farm Show, the largest in the country, at the nearby Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center.

To read our full 3-day, family-friendly itinerary for our visit to South Central Pennsylvania, including Gettysburg, Lancaster and Hershey, please visit