12 Things You Should Go Do At Spruce Street Harbor Park Right Now
Philly’s coolest waterfront park probably ever
Closed for the season
All good things must come to an end, and Spruce Street Harbor Park — the new park that popped up on the Delaware River Waterfront this summer — closed for the season on September 28, 2014.
The good news: It’s likely that the park — which was so popular that its kickoff season was extended a full month — will return next year.
That’s awesome for the city, as the park was one of the coolest Philadelphia had ever seen, with a boardwalk with arcade games, a hammock lawn, a bocce court, a floating restaurant, a beer garden and so much more. And Philadelphia wasn’t not alone in loving the new pop-up park on the waterfront – The Huffington Post named it one of the best urban beaches in the world(!!) and Travel + Leisure named it one of the coolest floating restaurants in the world.
Until the park returns, peruse our top 12 awesome things to do at Spruce Street Harbor Park and think warm thoughts until summer.
1. Relax in a Hammock.
More than 50 colorful hammocks have been strung between the trees in Spruce Street Harbor Park — and laying in one is the perfect way to spend a summer afternoon. (Photo by M. Stanley for DRWC)
Seriously, the hammocks stretch across the entire lawn area. And they’re awesome. (Photo by M. Stanley for DRWC)
2. Play a game of Bocce.
Yes, Spruce Street Harbor Park has a bocce court. Actually, it has two bocce courts and they’re right on the bank overlooking the river. Can’t be beat. (Photo by D. Bovitt for Delaware River Waterfront Corporation)
3. Or a game of shuffleboard.
Oh year, there’s also a shuffleboard court. Also right on the bank overlooking the waterfront. (Photo by Douglas Bovitt for Delaware River Waterfront Corporation)
4. Or maybe a game of giant chess.
The giant game of chess is popular with both kids and adults. (Photo by Douglas Bovitt for Delaware River Waterfront Corporation)
Life-size chess is just fun.
Checkmate. (Photo by Douglas Bovitt for Delaware River Waterfront Corporation)
5. Get out on the river on a kayak or paddle boat.
You know you want to. Kayaks and paddle boats are available for rental for 30-minute trips. (Photo courtesy Delaware River Waterfront Corporation)
6. Take a load off and raise a toast to summer.
Did we mention the park has a restaurant and beer garden that sells beer? It does. It’s open seven days a week. (Photo by M. Stanley for DRWC)
And be sure to bring your friends.
The restaurant is called the Blue Anchor and it boasts a wide selection of local craft beers from places like Yards and Victory. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)
7. Have a delicious burger from Jose Garces’ Blue Anchor.
Did we mention the restaurant is run by Iron Chef Jose Garces? It is. Look out for his award-winning burgers and other delicious snacks, like the short rib french fries above. (Photo by D. Bovitt for Delaware River Waterfront Corporation)
And then enjoy it from the deck of the floating restaurant.
Oh yea, the restaurant is on a floating barge right on the river. It’s pretty epic. (Photo by M. Stanley for DRWC)
Seriously. The restaurant is floating on the river.
Spruce Street Harbor Park really upped the ante this summer when they added a floating restaurant to the pop-up park. Operated by the Garces Group, the restaurant is the perfect addition to the Delaware River Waterfront. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)
8. Get your picture taken on the #visitphilly chair
The oversized Adirondack chair is located on the Harbor Park’s boardwalk and the perfect photo op for your visit. Be sure to share your photos with hashtag #visitphilly. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)
9. Catch a sunset from the floating barge.
While the sun sets to the west, the magic hour lighting cast over the waterfront makes for some pretty spectacular views. And photo ops… Remember, hashtag #visitphilly. (Photo by M. Stanley for DRWC)
10. Stroll the boardwalk along the banks of the river.
The boardwalk boast concessions like hot dogs, popcorn and funnel cakes as well as arcade games like skee ball. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)
While taking in ships like the Olympia, the boardwalk’s backdrop.
Dusk is an awesome time to visit Spruce Street Harbor Park. (Photo courtesy DRWC)
11. Make it a date night.
If you hang out at the park once the sun goes down, you’ll be treated to a pretty awesome light show in the trees above. Makes for a pretty solid date night. (Photo by M. Stanley for DRWC)
12. Marvel at the park’s beauty come nightfall.
Wait until you see the park at nighttime. It’s breathtaking. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)
Seriously, the park is ridiculously beautiful at night.
The park is open until 1 a.m. seven days a week. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)
Go now. Spruce Street Harbor Park is open through Sunday, September 28.
The pop-up park is only open through Sunday, September 28 so go now and return often. You’re going to love it. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)