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    Touring Harrisburg's Attractions And Dining With Merle Exit

    Forget the car, bus or taxi as there is a much more fun and “greener” way to get around Harrisburg, PA. It’s called a “Pedicab”. Relax in a comfy seat for two attached to a bicycle as the your “chauffeur” takes you to your destination that can get you through traffic even faster than the other means. You may think that the service is more expensive than a regular taxi, but you’d be surprised.

    In addition to the regular taxi service, it’s another way to tour the city and get the “ins” from the bicyclist. Pick a theme, pay for the hour or day. Mine was “Been there, down that” having already written about Harrisburg. “Fish” picked us up at the Crowne Plaza Hotel to first stop for lunch at Momo’s BBQ Grill, a place where the “townies” go.

    They have a huge smoker in the back. I highly recommend the BBQ Chicken Wings as they are first smoked then quick fried and topped with your choice of a number of their gourmet sauces. I went for a mild one that totally enhanced the wings without dealing with the heat.

    Midtown Scholar Bookstore, located at N. 3rd St. is a “find”. The building housed a former theatre that lends to a most fabulous décor. You won’t find the latest new novel, but rather used books, many of which are rare. Three floors and a basement with open space in the middle. People bring their laptops for the free wifi or pop in for a lecture or concert while partaking in a variety of coffee drinks and perhaps a baked goodie.

    Midtown Cinema on Reily St. offers an array of foreign and indie cinema. Another cool spot with a lobby of tables and chairs to bring your laptop or even play one of many board games that they provide. Yes, there is coffee and snacks as well.

    An option for a boat ride on the Susquehanna River is the bike taxi that will ride you along the water front. Great view and you can stop for photos.

    If visiting a Capitol Building is your thing, this is the place for architecture and American Renaissance art. History buffs will want to visit the State Museum of Pennsylvania equipped with a planetarium. IMAX fans with an interest in science and performing arts can head for the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts.

    Crowne Plaza Harrisburg Hershey has a perfect central location in the downtown area. Rooms are spacious with amenities that include a Fitness Center, indoor pool, and business center where you can check your email at no cost. Rooms are spacious and the beds are comfy. Hotel’s restaurant is called 2wentyThre3 with a dinner menu that I would describe as being “American Cuisine”.

    By Merle Exit

    Getting There:

    To explore attractions, events, and more to do in Harrisburg area visit the Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau at www.visithersheyharrisburg.org.

    Photo Credits: Merle Exit