25 Awesome Things to Do Along
A tour of everything the Delaware River waterfront has to offer
From parks to museums and piers to restaurants, there are tons of attractions and events all year long at the Delaware River waterfront.
Located just a short walk from Old City, Society Hill and Philadelphia’s Historic District, the waterfront has tons to offer, including one of the coolest pop-up parks in the city (Spruce Street Harbor Park), some of the best outdoor venues for concerts, festivals and more (Festival Pier, the Great Plaza) and amazing views of Benjamin Franklin Bridge and the Delaware River.
Read on for our list of must-see and must-do things along the Delaware River Waterfront.
A hub of family-friendly activity throughout the year
Race Street Pier
Relaxing waterfront respite in the heart of the city
Spruce Street Harbor Park
The hammock-filled haven on the Delaware River
Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest and Winterfest
Roller skate in the summer and ice skate in the winter
Independence Seaport Museum
An interactive museum exploring Philadelphia’s maritime heritage
Perfect al fresco dining and nightlife on the Delaware River Waterfront
Yards Brewing Company
The brewery that helped ignite a craft beer revolution in Philadelphia
Marquee concerts right on the water
Penn Treaty Park
Historic spot of peace along the Delaware River
Permanent home for progressive performing arts on the Delaware River Waterfront
See the skyline from the Delaware River
The ocean’s secrets revealed at Camden’s riverfront aquarium
Battleship New Jersey
Admiral “Bull” Halsey’s flagship and the nation’s most decorated battleship
Washington Avenue Pier
Eco-friendly public space along the Delaware River Waterfront
The Navy Yard
SugarHouse Casino Philadelphia
Fun and games on the Delaware River
Spirit of Philadelphia
Cruise the Delaware River in style
Gloria Dei [Old Swedes’] Church
Oldest church in Pennsylvania is a link to early Swedish settlers
PECO Multicultural Series at Penn's Landing
Lively festivals that celebrate the city’s diversity all summer long
Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing
The only hotel located at Penn’s Landing in Center City Philadelphia
Neighborhoods Nearby to Check Out
Four of the city's hotspots
- Fishtown: Cool is the rule in Fishtown, which has emerged as Philly’s truest harbor of artistic, culinary and musical action.
- Northern Liberties: Boosted by a progressive, artist-heavy flock from Old City in the early 1990s, Northern Liberties has now become a quirky network of bars, restaurants and boutiques.
- Old City: Located next to Independence Mall, where the country’s Founding Fathers declared liberty and built a free nation, Old City still boasts charming cobblestone streets and plenty of 18th-century charm — along with an independent streak that’s evident in everything from its owner-operated shops to its edgy art scene.
- Society Hill: One of Philadelphia’s most sought-after neighborhoods, Society Hill boasts a comfortable combination of restaurants, historic attractions and shops that meet the needs of residents and visitors alike.
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