About the Park

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.

Photo courtesy of Visit Cumberland Valley PA

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. Below are some recommended activities to enjoy during your visit.

  • 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 – Check out the SusqueCycle bike share program and cycle along the island or onto the Capital Area Greenbelt around the city. For more information on bike trails, check out Explore HBG.

Photo courtesy of Nathan Trump

Parking and Trail Access

City Island can be accessed off Market Street Bridge, Harrisburg PA. Parking on the island is available near the southern section.
Information courtesy of Visit PA and Explore HBG

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