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boring

dirty and nothing to do. not what the capital of a city should look. like. it would be nice if the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Salma F
Getting Better

Downtown is really up and coming with many restaurants. But there are definitely bad neighborhoods... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Rachel L
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Newark, Delaware
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Reviewed 2 days ago

dirty and nothing to do. not what the capital of a city should look. like. it would be nice if the parking was better too.

Thank Salma F
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Downtown is really up and coming with many restaurants. But there are definitely bad neighborhoods so you have to be careful.

Thank Rachel L
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Reviewed 2 January 2018

A good stroll in a capital that is not overwhelming. Clean, and with the State Park never far away. I'd call it a friendly place to visit. Rather the opposite of New York

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Reviewed 21 September 2017 via mobile

This is a downtown with the capitol building and river as focal points. There are numerous churches and some nice restaurants and bars to visit. Parking is not great but just find a lot or garage and park it. Meters are active until 7 pm...More

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Reviewed 21 August 2017

Loved the architecture and the parks along the river. We were looking for a nice, walkable experience, but ended up in some apparently sketchy areas. Sadly, no shortage of folks down on their luck.

1  Thank ace4444
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Reviewed 20 August 2017

Lots to do in downtown Harrisburg. Restaurants everywhere on 2nd st. and other locations. Cool place to stay with easy access to various activities.

Thank Derek L
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Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

Over the last few years in Downtown Harrisburg a lot of new stores have opened. It seems like we are heading toward an art and business district downtown. The area is becoming more vibrant and very diverse. I believe in the next 7 years Harrisburg...More

1  Thank itTakesLoveAndHugs
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Reviewed 8 August 2017

Harrisburg gets a bad rap. There are lots of beautiful places in the center of town, along the river, out on city island. Of course there's crime and you need to be careful, but with proper precautions you can have a lovely time.

Thank Salvatore M
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Reviewed 4 August 2017

Capitol complex is a must see which you can easily spend a whole day visiting. The Capitol building is a hidden gem with jaw dropping murals and great beauty inside and out.

Thank Bill L
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Reviewed 23 July 2017

The city offers no free parking and discussing with various business owners they recognize the fault is threefold as state, county, and city who are unable to support a free parking area or fair price on weekends. This is epidemic in the country for cities...More

1  Thank Earl H
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