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Walk artfully with new, informative trail that highlights Harrisburg’s murals, attractions

Murals along N. 3rd Street in Harrisburg

Over the past few years, dozens of beautiful murals have gone up throughout Harrisburg, and now there’s an easy, informative way to enjoy them.

On Monday, Visit Hershey & Harrisburg (VHH) announced “Murals & More—A Walk of Art,” audio-guided tours of two suggested routes that highlight murals, monuments and art.

For the tours, VHH has developed a mobile passport that users can add to their phone’s home screen. Visitors can sign up for the passport here.

“When you walk through Harrisburg, examples of artistic creativity and collaboration are everywhere,” said VHH President & CEO Mary Smith. “We loved the idea of creating suggested routes that allow visitors to not only see a variety of artwork within a few hours, but also learn about the artists and inspiration for the work through audio clips on the passport.”

The free passport features location information about each stop, along with audio overviews of the artwork, monuments and museums. At each stop, passport users are encouraged to use the check-in feature. After 14 check-ins, they’ll earn an art-themed prize.

Smith praised the work of Sprocket Mural Works, a nonprofit working to enhance communities through art and the organization behind many of the murals featured on the Walk of Art.

“Throughout the process, we worked with Sprocket to identify ways that VHH could incorporate a number of existing murals into a series of walkable routes that would also highlight local art havens like the Susquehanna Art Museum, Nyeusi Gallery and the PA Capitol building,” said Smith. “Sprocket’s done incredible work to leverage both local and nationally sought-after artists to create these sensational public works of art, and we are thrilled to be able to offer a program that helps to raise awareness about murals and other artwork and monuments throughout Harrisburg.”

“Murals & More” is the latest addition to a collection of VHH Trails and Experiences designed to package certain themes within the region’s many tourism assets in a way that makes it easy for visitors and local residents to enjoy. Other trails and experiences include:

  • Brew Barons Beer Trail
  • Chocolate & More Sweet Treat Trail
  • Adventure Trail
  • The Black Travel Experience

“Murals & More” may be primarily centered on free, public art, but it’s designed to have a positive overall effect and economic impact for Harrisburg.

“Every project VHH develops is a piece of the overall tourism puzzle in the Hershey Harrisburg region,” Smith said. “By encouraging people to take part in a walking tour, they’ll be passing restaurants, attractions and other small businesses that can also benefit from extra foot traffic in the city.”

Click here for more information on Murals & More–A Walk of Art.

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