Harrisburg City Island Park

County: Dauphin 

Size: 63 acres

Activities: Walking, Biking, Boat Launch, Baseball, Picnicking, Fishing, Surrounding Recreational Areas


City Island Park is located in the middle of the Susquehanna River, just opposite the city of Harrisburg. Known for being a popular tourist destination for those visiting the city, the Island has many recreational opportunities such as boating, biking, hiking, an arcade, mini golf, baseball stadium, beach, and more. However, those looking for a more scenic, peaceful day on the island can take a nature walk through several trails. A playground is also located near one of the trails, as well as the Skyline picnic pavilion. 

Other activities on land include taking a ride on a mini steam train, or going on a horse-drawn carriage ride. Those looking for some fun exercise can visit the outdoor fitness area, or the sand volleyball courts. There are also opportunities to spend some time on the water. You can get access to the river through a boat launch on the Island, or go for a cruise on the Pride of Susquehanna Riverboat.

Lastly, the island has a beautiful observation area to see a panoramic view of the river and the city skyline. These observation areas and pavilions are located on the north end of the park.     

Recommended Activities:

  • Pride of the Susquehanna - Take a ride on this authentic paddle wheel riverboat and cruise along the Susquehanna River. One of only 6 remaining paddle wheel boats in the U.S., the Pride is a big attraction on the island, and hosts many events such as tours, dinner cruises, live music and entertainment, and more. For more information go to harrisburgriverboat.com
  • See a Baseball Game - If you're a sports fan, you should head over to FNB Field to catch a baseball game featuring the Harrisburg Senators. Originally known as Metro Bank Park, this field has a lot of history and is a great place to spend an afternoon. 
  • Rent a Bike - Use the Zagster Bike Rental hub on the island and bike along the island or onto the Capital Area Greenbelt around the city. Rentals can be done on any smartphone on the Zagster app. See here for more information on how to rent through Zagster bike.zagster.com 

Access and Parking:

City Island can be accessed off Market Street Bridge, Harrisburg PA. 
Parking on the island is available near the southern section. 

Information courtesy: visitpa.com and explorehbg.com.  

Top Photo courtesy: visitcumberlandvalley.com. 

Photo courtesy: Bernie Zang Photo Courtesy: David Stanton 
Photo courtesy: Wendy Adams