Exploring Philadelphia’s Waterfront
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 and Historic Philadelphia, 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
The New Race Street Pier
Relaxing waterfront respite in the heart of the city
Washington Avenue Pier
Eco-friendly public space along the Delaware River Waterfront
Spruce Street Harbor Park
Now extended through Sep 28: An awesome pop-up summertime haven on the Delaware River Waterfront
Independence Seaport Museum
An interactive museum exploring Philadelphia’s maritime heritage
PECO Multicultural Series
at Penn’s Landing
Lively festivals that celebrate the city’s diversity all summer long
Penn Treaty Park
Historic spot of peace along the Delaware River
Yards Brewing Company
Craft beer brewed right here in Philadelphia
SugarHouse Casino Philadelphia
Fun and games on the Delaware River
Perfect summer dining and nightlife on the Delaware River Waterfront
Permanent home for progressive performing arts on the Delaware River Waterfront
Spirit of Philadelphia
Cruise the Delaware River in style
Hyatt Regency Philadelphia
at Penn’s Landing
The only hotel located at Penn’s Landing in Center City Philadelphia
Enjoy a breathtaking view of the Philadelphia skyline with your meal
Holiday Inn Express
Fully-remodeled, family-friendly lodgings near the Historic District
Keating’s River Grill
Waterfront dining at the Hyatt Regency Penn’s Landing
Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel
Located within short walking distance of the Historic District
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.