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Out with Sara: Friday Date Night

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Jazz on the Veranda at The Hotel Hershey

You worked a long week — extra tasking when summer’s warmth and sunshine are beckoning and you’re stuck behind a computer monitor. Starting Friday, you can relax, unwind and celebrate the weekend.

Why not make it a date night?

You can even start early. The State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St., Harrisburg (, offers a free “Lunch and Learn” program every Friday. Admission is free between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. every Friday this summer. Select free tours by docents are also available at 12:15 p.m. and 1 p.m.

Top off your midday learning experience across the street with a sandwich at Old Town Delicatessen, 512 N. Third St. (, and grab an iced coffee from Caffeine Connection, 500 N. Third St. (717-234-4101). This is a great chance to expand your horizons and appreciate the city all while enjoying quality time with someone special.

Have the whole day at your disposal? After the museum, you can whisk your date to a double tour of Harrisburg, first by land and second by sea. Well, by river.

Harrisburg Bike Taxi and the Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat have created a special “Surf & Turf” tour package, perfect for a daytime date. After a 30-minute bike taxi tour of downtown Harrisburg, you are carted to City Island for a 45-minute sightseeing cruise aboard The Pride. Read more …

After work, head to the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts, 812 Market St., Harrisburg, which features a couples’ special every Friday evening through July 6. The special includes admission for two to the science center, the “Leonardo Da Vinci: Machines in Motion” exhibit and tickets to any IMAX documentary currently playing for $40, a savings of $10.50. Read more …

Later in the evening, take your date to a night of music and dancing at Jazz on the Veranda at The Hotel Hershey, 100 Hotel Road. Running every Friday in the summer, the outdoor porch at the Hotel is packed with locals and hotel guests enjoying live music (from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.), drinks and snacks. Read more …

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