National Parks / Natural World

Wildwood Park Harrisburg

Where is it at?

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Wildwood Park
100 Wildwood Way
Tel: 717 221-0292

Where are we going today?

Spending the day in Harrisburg and wanting a little nature? In the middle of a city? Yep! Wildwood Park is all tucked away in the rolling hills on the edge of the city, and gives families an escape into nature for the day!

There is SO much to do at Wildwood Park! The Nature Center is a great way to start your day out, and kids can experience nature from the inside-out! They can climb through a tree, read a book, or even have a book read to them by parents in the reading room.

Those little ones who LOVE birds can watch these beautiful creatures from a special glass enclosure which overlooks the lake, and there are a number of bird feeders that attract a number of species! The Nature Center is a great way to be outside - but inside in a nice controlled atmosphere!

Want to really get outside? Get those walking shoes on and hit those trails! There are a number of trails to pick from, each with different distances and terrains. From the short and simple, to the difficult with hills and dirt paths, there is something for all the hikers in the family! 

Bring your bikes down and go for a ride, or bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the wildlife around you as you enjoy family time!

Wildwood Park also hold a number of events across the year which are great for kids. From learning the art of tracking animals, to story reading by a naturalist, as well as hands-on activities like crafts (and that one is JUST for kids - even better!) With volunteer days to introduce kids to helping the environment, to Hiking 101, there will be something you will be wanting to put in the diary. 

Amazing nature fun and a great way to spend the day as a family? We think so! Wildwood Park is waiting for you! 

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsFree! Some events are an extra cost.
  • ChildrenFree! Some events are an extra cost.

When can we go?

Dawn til Dusk. Nature Center 10am - 4pm. (Closed Mondays)

All year round. Nature Center closed some holidays.

Teachers corner

The Nature Center is a great place to take students where they have an outdoor classroom. There are special programs offered! .

I'm Hungry!

Bring a picnic and enjoy it out on their picnic tables! See how many birds you can spot as you eat!.

Healthy Eating!

With hiking and biking, it's always good to bring water and healthy snacks so you have a lot of energy.

Any Top Tips?

Don't forget your sunscreen in summer! .

Doing our bit

The park is non-profit, and have a mission to look after and protect the nature and animals that call it home. Help them out by picking up after yourself with your trash! .

Need a little extra help?

Some of the trails are paved, but some are just dirt tracks so check before you head out on them what is suitable. .

Can I get one of those?

The Nature Store in the Nature Center is a great place to pick up some fun items as a reminder of your day! .

More information

If you want to support the park they accept donations - it helps them with their causes of helping nature! .

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    This small park has a lot of cool features which make it appeal to people with a wide range of interests. It has picnic tables, large BBQ pits sized to cook lots of burgers (or whole pigs), a beach volleyball court, two horseshoe pits, a small "waterpark" for kids, a couple slides, a springy teeter totter, and a medium sized rope pyramid play structure.

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