25 Things to Do at Spruce Street Harbor Park and Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest in Summer 2016
Philly’s coolest waterfront parks offer roller skating, hammock lounging, beer gardens and more
Lauded as one of the best urban beaches in America, Spruce Street Harbor Park has returned for its third year, bringing tons of hammocks for lounging, more food than ever to enjoy and an abundance of ways to celebrate the summer on the Delaware River Waterfront. Presented by Univest and Valley Green Bank, the outdoor oasis is FREE and open to the public every day through September.
Doubling the waterfront fun you can have this year, Philadelphia’s only outdoor roller skating rink, Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, is also back for the warm-weather season, once again inviting you to enjoy its roller rink, boathouse-styled lodge, food and drink options and more.
Both parks are can’t-miss summer experiences in Philadelphia that welcome the entire family to come out and spend the day outdoors.
Read on to learn more about all of the awesome things you can do at Spruce Street Harbor Park and RiverRink Summerfest this year.
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Where to start at Spruce Street Harbor Park? Relax in a hammock.
Dozens of 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. (M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)
The hammocks stretch across the entire lawn.
And for 2016, there’s more than ever before. (M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)
You can even rent a private waterfront hammock lounge.
Spruce Street Harbor Park debuts a new waterfront hammock lounge for 2016 that’s available for private rentals. The space can accommodate about 20 people and promises plenty of hammocks, chairs, tables, umbrellas and games.
After relaxing, play a game of Bocce.
Yes, Spruce Street Harbor Park has a bocce court, right on the bank overlooking the river. Can’t be beat. (Photo courtesy D. Bovitt for DRWC)
Or a game of giant chess.
The giant game of chess is popular with both kids and adults. (Photo courtesy D. Bovitt for DRWC)
Life-size chess is straight-up fun.
Checkmate. (Photo courtesy D. Bovitt for DRWC)
They’ve got shuffleboard, too.
Get down with some old-school fun at the shuffleboard court. (Photo courtesy D. Bovitt for DRWC)
Or head out on a kayak or paddle boat ride.
Kayaks, tandem kayaks, canoes and foot-pedal swan boats are available for public rental in the Penn’s Landing Marina. (Photo courtesy DRWC)
Spend some time on the beautiful Delaware River.
It’s a ton of fun. (Photo courtesy M. Stanley for DRWC)
Don’t miss the equally awesome Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest.
The area that housed this past winter’s Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest has transformed into a warm-weather edition with a roller rink, a boathouse-styled lodge, a play area for kids, food and drink options and summer events throughout the season. (Photo courtesy DRWC)
Lace up your skates and take a few laps around the rink.
The rink features new skates, a hockey-grade flooring system and a leafy island in the center to offer up some shade. (M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)
Not into skating? Summerfest has lots more to do.
Summerfest offers a family-friendly hangout with a wraparound porch, an arcade space and a boathouse-themed lodge serving summertime fare from local restaurants. (M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)
Did we mention Summerfest’s nine-hole mini-golf course?!
A new, nine-hole mini-golf course designed by a local artist using recycled materials is located right next to the roller skating rink. Mini-golf costs just $5 per person for each game.
Hungry? Head to Chickie’s and Pete’s Waterfront Crabshack at the Summerfest lodge.
The brand-new Chickie’s and Pete’s Waterfront Crabshack serves many of the restaurant’s staples you know and love — crab fries, wings, cheesesteaks and more — in addition to seafood-centric menu items.
Thirsty? Chickie’s and Pete’s offers craft beers and tasty cocktails.
Quench your thirst with the Sly Fox Pinched Tail IPA, an exclusive collaboration brew between Chickie’s and Pete’s Waterfront Crabshack and Sly Fox Brewing Company. (M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)
Or head back to Spruce Street Harbor Park for a drink at one of the park’s multiple beer gardens.
Spruce Street Harbor Park offers multiple places to grab a drink, including a floating (yes floating!) beer garden. (Photo courtesy M. Stanley for DRWC)
Enjoying a beer on the water is just awesome.
The Lazy Hammock, the park’s exclusive Yards brew, is available throughout the summer. (M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)
Spruce Street Harbor Park also has some new food options this year.
Garces Group brings more food options than ever before to Spruce Street Harbor Park this year. (M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)
Those options include southern soul food from a Philly-rooted “Top Chef”!
Celebrity chef Kevin Sbraga offers The Little Fat Ham this year, with an emphasis on Southern-inspired food including hot fish sandwiches, pulled pork sandwiches, beef brisket, corn on the cob, sweet tea and more.
Jose Garces’ Distrito will occupy the floating barge this summer.
Serving up seaside fare and classic Mexican eats, Jose Garces’ Distrito takes over the Spruce Street Harbor Park floating barge this year.(M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)
That’s right…the main restaurant seats you on a floating barge!
Have you ever enjoyed a meal from a restaurant floating on a river? If not, here’s your chance. (Photo courtesy M. Stanley for DRWC)
Ice cream from Franklin Fountain and fried chicken sandwiches from Port FedNuts also return this yera.
On a hot summer day, it’s hard to beat an ice cream cone from Franklin Fountain, enjoyed overlooking the waterfront.
Catch some live music — for free!
The park’s Waterfront Sessions Live Music Series runs every Thursday night through August 25, 2016.
Get your picture taken on the #visitphilly chair.
The oversized Adirondack chair – the perfect photo-op for your visit – overlooks the marina next to the Franklin Fountain Sugar Shack. Be sure to share your photos with hashtag #visitphilly. (M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)
Catch a sunset from the floating barge.
While the sun sets to the west, the magic-hour lighting that’s cast over the waterfront makes for some pretty spectacular views. (Photo courtesy M. Stanley for DRWC)
Stroll the boardwalk along the banks of the river.
The boardwalk boasts concessions like hot dogs, popcorn and funnel cakes as well as lawn games and other fun activities. (Photo courtesy M. Stanley for DRWC)
Turn a night out at Spruce Street Harbor Park or Summerfest into a date night.
After the sun goes down, Spruce Street Harbor Park treats you to a pretty awesome light show in the trees above, creating a solid date night experience. (Photo by M. Stanley for DRWC)
Marvel at the Spruce Street Harbor Park’s beauty come nightfall.
The park at nighttime is best described as breathtaking. (M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)
Seriously, the park is beautiful at night.
The park is open until 1 a.m. seven days a week. (M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)
See you there!
Between Spruce Street Harbor Park and Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, it’s going to be an amazing summer on the Delaware River Waterfront. See you there! (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)