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25 Awesome Things to Do Along
Philadelphia’s Waterfront

A tour of everything the Delaware River waterfront has to offer

From parks and 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 attractions along the Delaware River Waterfront.

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La Peg

A mouthwatering meal in the shadow of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge

Diners at this brasserie, located inside the FringeArts building, enjoy contemporary American dishes from chef Peter Woolsey and waterfront views. The industrial-chic design pays homage to the building’s original purpose as a pumping station.
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BB&T Pavilion

A major concert venue right across the river

Just a ferry ride away, the BB&T Pavilion on the Camden, New Jersey waterfront offers a laid-back atmosphere and a picturesque outdoor amphitheater setting — perfect for Green Day and Jimmy Buffett concerts. After dark, the lawn-dwellers enjoy a breathtaking view of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.
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Delaware River Trail

Cycle along the Delaware

Opened in 2013, the Delaware River Trail connects riders to Philadelphia’s waterfront, where they can take in views of the Ben Franklin Bridge and New Jersey in the distance.
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The Navy Yard

Eco-friendly design, acres of open space and not-to-miss restaurants

From a commitment to encourage green building construction to a focus on building a nationally recognized center of excellence in renewable power and energy research, education and commercialization, The Navy Yard sits at Philadelphia’s leading edge of sustainability. The impressive complex includes more than 20 acres of open park space, a one-mile riverfront jogging and biking path and a number of restaurants, including Chef Marc Vetri's Lo Spiedo.
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Dave & Buster's

Arcade games and more for kids-at-heart

A gigantic playground for adults, Dave and Buster’s entertains with rows of pool tables, skeeball and video and carnival games aplenty. A restaurant and multiple bars add to the fun, keeping visitors occupied for hours.
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Neighborhoods Nearby to Check Out

Four of the city's hotspots

The following neighborhoods are within walking distance of the Delaware River waterfront and are definitely worth exploring:
  • 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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