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Delaware River Waterfront

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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.

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PECO Multicultural Series
at Penn’s Landing

PECO Multicultural Series at Penn

Lively festivals that celebrate the city’s diversity all summer long

You don’t have to go overseas for a taste of all the world cultures that make Philadelphia such a diverse and interesting city. Just head over to Penn’s Landing for its PECO Multicultural Series, a succession of outdoor festivals that celebrate cultural traditions from across the globe. What could be better than enjoying some amazing salsa performances on the banks of the Delaware River? Or how about savoring authentic dishes from the Caribbean, Ireland or Mexico?
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Yards Brewing Company

Yards Brewing Company

Craft beer brewed right here in Philadelphia

Owner Tom Kehoe helped ignite a craft beer revolution in Philadelphia, and, as his 2014 designation as Philly Beer Scene magazine’s Humanitarian of the Year shows, he remains notably committed to sustainability and community. Visitors to Yards’ tasting room can tour the brewery on weekends and sample its mostly English-inspired ales while shooting pool or nibbling light fare from the kitchen or the ever-changing assortment of food trucks outside.
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SugarHouse Casino Philadelphia

SugarHouse Casino

Fun and games on the Delaware River

SugarHouse Casino, the first casino in the City of Philadelphia, is a premier gaming and entertainment destination right on the waterfront open 24/7. The casino appeals to hometown gamers and visitors from out of town who are looking for some excitement, offering a complimentary mix of table games, slots, restaurants and VIP Lounge — all under one roof.
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FringeArts

FringeArts

Permanent home for progressive performing arts on the Delaware River Waterfront

FringeArts' permanent home for the arts on the Delaware River Waterfront offers a 232-seat theater (with retractable seating) for hosting concerts, theater performances and special events throughout the year. Exposed brick walls, high ceilings and large windows provide the backdrop for a wide range of performances hosted by FringeArts as well as La Peg, a new restaurant which offers a casual French dining experience in the FringeArts space.
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Spirit of Philadelphia

Spirit of Philadelphia

Cruise the Delaware River in style

For three decades, the Spirit of Philadelphia has provided a unique combination of dining, dancing, entertainment and incredible skyline views on the Delaware River. Operating year-round from Penn’s Landing, Spirit of Philadelphia offers lunch, dinner, moonlight and special cruises. While aboard the Spirit of Philadelphia, enjoy contemporary food stations and unparalleled views of Philadelphia’s skyline set to a lively soundtrack of Top 40 hits and old school favorites.
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Hyatt Regency Philadelphia
at Penn’s Landing

Hyatt Regency Penn

The only hotel located at Penn’s Landing in Center City Philadelphia

The Hyatt Regency at Penn’s Landing is a great place to stay during your visit to Philadelphia. Its location is unique: It’s the only hotel located directly on the Delaware River Waterfront at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia’s downtown. Such a strategic location provides you with easy access to Historic Philadelphia’s excellent sightseeing, tours, museums, shopping, dining and nightlife — all within a short walk.
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Holiday Inn Express
Penn’s Landing

Holiday Inn Express

Fully-remodeled, family-friendly lodgings near the Historic District

The Holiday Inn Express® Penn’s Landing offers visitors comfort and convenience within walking distance of Philadelphia’s historic attractions. All 184 guest rooms in the 10-story building feature views of the Delaware River or Center City skyline, and the hotel is conveniently located within walking distance of the Liberty Bell Center, Independence Hall, Elfreth’s Alley, Betsy Ross House, Penn’s Landing and the swaths of restaurants and nightlife options in the Old City neighborhood.
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Keating’s River Grill

Keatings River Grill

Waterfront dining at the Hyatt Regency Penn’s Landing

For a waterfront dining experience, look no further than Keating’s River Grill at the Hyatt Regency Penn’s Landing. With a large terrace overlooking the Delaware River, Keating’s offers spectacular views to go with its menu of American favorites including seafood, steaks, burgers and more. Grab a cocktail and watch the sunset or host a private event in the spacious restaurant and lounge.
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Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel

The Sheraton Society Hill in Historic Philadelphia

Located within short walking distance of the Historic District

Cobblestone streets and historic landmarks greet guests upon arrival at the Sheraton Society Hill in the heart of Philadelphia’s oldest and most charming neighborhood. The Liberty Bell, Independence Mall and the National Constitution Center are within easy walking distance, as are eclectic boutiques, art galleries and trendy restaurants.
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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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