With President’s Day today, a wonderful way to celebrate the contributions of our government is to take a trip to Harrisburg’s state capitol building. With free tours throughout the day, it is an affordable and educational activity
Pennsylvania enjoys a rich historical culture, from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh and all the small towns in between. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the state capital, reaps the benefits of being close to both cities and yet having its own unique story. Harrisburg hosts an array of great museums and historical events throughout the year, including a free tour of the Pennsylvania State Capitol building, a National Historic Landmark. Dedicated on October 4, 1906, the Pennsylvania State Capitol building was designed in the American Renaissance style by Philadelphia architect Joseph Huston, who envisioned the building as a “Palace of Art.” (http://www.pacapitol.com/main.html) While attending the dedication ceremony, President Theodore Roosevelt stated, “This is the handsomest building I ever saw.” And President Roosevelt was right!
Guided tours are available every half hour Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. You may also visit the Pennsylvania State Capitol building on Saturdays for tours at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. The tour covers information pertaining to the history of the building, the architecture, and artistic highlights associated with the Capitol building. In addition to the tour, the State Capitol building offers a welcome center where you can learn how a bill is made and who your representatives are, a souvenir shop, and a café for breakfast and lunch. After your tour of the State Capital building, you are within walking distance to restaurants (if you chose not to partake at the Capitol), walking trails, museums, and shops to round out your day.
The Pennsylvania State Capitol building provides a great, free educational activity for the entire family in the heart of Pennsylvania’s capital.