Aerial view of the Susquehanna River with the Harrisburg skyline in the background.

Harrisburg residents enjoy life on the Susquehanna River and several other great spots for outdoor recreation.

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania has the best of both worlds: an intimate metropolitan city with a small-town feel. Almost all of Harrisburg’s western border meets up with Susquehanna River, giving locals the opportunity to enjoy outdoor activities year-round. One of the most beloved recreation areas here is Riverfront Park, poised on the riverbanks right by Harvey Taylor Bridge.

Known for its yearly events and festivals, it is also popular with hikers, bikers, and nature lovers. Another well-known landmark is the National Civil War Museum, the country’s only museum that features both the Confederate and Union sides of the story. There are many other exciting adventures to be had in Harrisburg, like grabbing delicious treats at the Broad Street Market, checking out galleries at the Millworks, or leisurely cruising on the Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat.

Since Harrisburg is the state capital, active adults that retire here can benefit from being so close to all of the action.  Harrisburg International Airport is easier to navigate than some of the country’s larger ones, and driving into the city is easy via Interstates 81 and 84. The main health care system in this area is Pinnacle, which provides a full range of hospitals and specialty care centers. With everything it has to offer, Harrisburg area is a sure-win for active adult homebuyers. Here are some of the top 55+ communities in this region.

The Pond at Fulling Mill - Middletown

High $200s

Interior view of a kitchen island overlooking stainless steel appliances.

Residents of The Pond at Fulling Mill can take advantage of modern kitchens.

The hamlet of Middletown is about 20 minutes southeast of Harrisburg and is home to The Pond at Fulling Mill, a active adult neighborhood. This community offers 83 attached homes, including four quads, 55 townhomes, and six duplexes. These affordable homes have first-floor master suites, two-car garages, and full basements.

The 16-acre property also has a modern clubhouse, an exercise room, and nature trails. Middletown is very close to the Harrisburg Airport and Penn State Harrisburg, and its center of town has many grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants, and several borough parks

Traditions of America at Silver Spring - Mechanicsburg

Low $300s - Low $700s

Aerial view of the outdoor pool and patio at Traditions of America at Silver Spring.

Homeowners here enjoy a variety of amenities that provide an active lifestyle. 

Mechanicsburg is just across the Susquehanna from Harrisburg. It is also the location of the 55+ neighborhood Traditions of America at Silver Spring. With 517 new and resale attached and single-family homes, this expansive newer development has a floor plan to fit every lifestyle.

There are 13 floor plans spanning both single-family and attached, They range from 1,237 to 2,314 square feet and have two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and two-car garages. Upgrades may include porches, patios, and attractive master suites.

The vibrant community offers amenities such as a clubhouse with a banquet room, a catering kitchen, a theater, a café, a fitness center, and an indoor whirlpool and sauna. Outdoors, there is a heated pool, a community garden, and trails for walking and biking. One of the closest shopping malls, Capital City, is about 10 minutes away and in-town shopping centers include Silver Spring Commons and Windsor Park.

Creek View - Carlisle

Mid $100s - Mid $200s

Aerial view of Carlisle, PA with a partly cloudy sky.

Residents of Creek View enjoy a rural and private setting outside the city.

Creek View is a bit farther west of Harrisburg, tucked into a private, rural setting in Carlisle. This community offers 305 new and resale single-family homes are ranch-style, with over 20 different floor plans. They range from 1,202 to 1,750 square feet and include two to three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and attached one- or two-car garages. Options include dens and porches. Homeowners can also choose a maintenance package for their landscaping and snow removal, with different pricing options available.

The private clubhouse has a multipurpose room, a spacious patio, and gas grills. There is also a walking trail, a fishing pond, and available RV parking. Carlisle is known for its extensive military history, with landmarks like the U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center and the Molly Pitcher statue. It is also close to the Appalachian Trail, a great area to enjoy hiking, biking, and other outdoor pursuits.

Carmella - Mechanicsburg

High $200s - Mid $300s

Covered bridge spanning the Yellow Breeches at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, PA

Mechanicsburg homeowners enjoy living in a scenic region close to Harrisburg.

Carmella is a smaller 55+ neighborhood also on the young side, with 190 new and resale attached duplex and triplex carriage homes in a peaceful, wooded setting. These homes range from 1,513 to 2,566 square feet with two to three bedrooms, two to two-and-a-half bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. All of the models feature first-floor master suites, and options include dens, patios, and lofts. 

A homeowners' association fee covers maintenance costs and other items. Residents can spend quality time at the outdoor pool and patio during the warmer months. The clubhouse also has its own library, exercise room, and a kitchen area. There are also several highly rated golf courses in town, including Rich Golf and Armitage Golf Club. Carmella is also just minutes away from the downtown area, which has a Wegman’s, Kohls, Best Buy, Walmart, and dozens of restaurants.