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Harrisburg - One of the Best Places to Call Home on the East Coast

Attractions10/10
Community7/10
Nightlife6/10
Dining6/10
Shopping7/10
When living in Bowling Green I was very amazed by many things there. Every place has its ups and downs but this place has a lot of ups! The attractions in Bowling Green had to be some of the best. One of my all-time favorites was the underground boat ride. It is called the lost river cave and valley. The underground cave is so neat that it was featured in the Ripley's Believe It Or Not book. Another cool attraction is the Aviation Heritage Park. This park is there to represent all the past aviators that have lost their lives. One last really cool attraction is the Bowling Green Hot Rods baseball stadium. This is a very affordable family attraction that all with absolutely love. Those are not all the attractions, just a few big ones. The community there holds quite a few events that are very nice. For the most part the area is very community oriented. When it comes to dining there is a little something for everybody. I was very pleased with all the dining options available to me. Also, all of the restaurants are 100% smoke free! There was not a whole lot of nightlife except for a few sports bars. I personally don't need a whole lot of nightlife but if your one of those people who do, you might have to take a drive. When it comes to shopping there is a pretty decent amount of shops. They have a nice mall along with a few outlet stores. There are also some neat little country stores, anybody can enjoy. Overall when it comes to living in Bowling Green, it is rather enjoyable. I would recommend living here to almost anybody who doesn't mind a little country. If you are in the area and have time, I would defiantly stop by for a visit!
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AreaVibes ContributorPosted on Jun 26, 2012
Safe city to live and raise family

Attractions8/10
Community8/10
Nightlife4/10
Dining5/10
Shopping5/10
I've lived in Harrisburg for several years now. I came here from a much larger city so it took a little adjusting at first, but I eventually I fell in love with this place. Harrisburg is a lovely smaller city, with a downtown area that covers a few blocs and has a city feel to it, yet just a few minutes drive from downtown are some very nice, quiet, and upscale neighborhoods of single family homes with plenty of yard space for those who like a suburban feel, yet can be minutes from the city. Overall, the city and its surroundings are very drivable, there is practically no traffic, and most to all of the neighborhoods are very affordable and safe. There are plenty of good schools. There are enough parks and recreation areas. There are some large playgrounds for kids. The city is very green and has plenty of nature trails and outdoor activities. There also seems to be one of everything in entertainment: small area of bars and nightlife, several museums, a symphony orchestra, plenty of gyms and shopping, etc. Perhaps Harrisburg is a not a place for those seeking a booming metropolitan area with tons to do and vibrant night life, the price for which is usually cramped living, higher costs and higher crime rates. But for those seeking a nice, not too remote, place to raise a family, Harrisburg is a great fit. One area Harrisburg could do better with is food. This city is by no means a food mecca, neither for restaurants, nor for grocery stores. It would be nice to have more food variety, more multicultural food options, and just better places to go out to eat or shop. Another lagging area in Harrisburg is public transportation, anywhere outside few blocs of inner city one can't get around without owning a vehicle.
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xe Posted on Apr 18, 2012
Harrisburg, PA - The Best Weekend Gataway

Attractions10/10
Community8/10
Nightlife8/10
Dining10/10
Shopping9/10
I love Harrisburg! No, really, I love Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. While choosing a weekend getaway Harrisburg came up on my list of cities close by. Considering that I have never been, I decided to give it a go. Upon arriving in Harrisburg I instantly fell in love with this capital city with a small town feel to it. If you are a history buff such as me, you cannot go wrong with visiting this city. I paid homage to the National Civil War Museum and was in awe of their collection. I did run into a few problems with directions on my way to the museum, took me a while to find it after initially seeing a street sign directing me to the museum. However, it was worth it, touring the museum was an emotional experience. During my stay in Harrisburg, I stayed at the Union Canal House, which is an Inn combined with a fantastic restaurant that offers a tranquil and romantic dining experience. The Inn is located on S. Hanover Street, and has a colonial feel to it. There is a secret tunnel located under The Union Canal House giving it a charm that is hard to come by in our modern world.
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AreaVibes ContributorPosted on May 26, 2010
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