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20+ Things to Do at Spruce Street Harbor Park and Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest in Summer 2017

Philly’s coolest waterfront parks offer amazing food and drinks, hammocks, beer gardens and more

Lauded as one of the best urban beaches in America, Spruce Street Harbor Park is a great place to celebrate summer on the Delaware River waterfront, offering tree-slung hammocks, magical lights, oversize games, floating gardens, amazing food and refreshing drinks through October 1, 2017.

Doubling the waterfront fun, Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest — only a five-minute walk north from Spruce Street Harbor Park — invites you to enjoy its outdoor roller rink, boathouse-styled lodge and fun food and drink options through September 4, 2017. Plus, new for 2017, The Midway at Summerfest brings a quasi-amusement park — complete with carnival rides and games — to the Delaware River.

Both parks are can’t-miss summer experiences in Philadelphia that welcome the entire family to 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 for summer 2017.

Spruce Street Harbor Park and Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest offer amazing experiences on the Delaware River waterfront.

summerfest ferris wheel

Two of the coolest spots in Philly this summer (including Spruce Street Harbor Park, above) are right on the Delaware River in Philadelphia’s Historic District. (Photo by M. Stanley for Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC))

Start at Spruce Street Harbor Park and get the lay of the land.


 

Snag one of 50(!) colorful hammocks and chill out for a bit.

Spruce Street Harbor Park

Twenty-five new colorful hammocks have been added to the park for the 2017 season, doubling the total number of the (very) popular hammocks. (Photo by M. Stanley for DRWC)

The hammocks stretch across the entire park.

Spruce Street Harbor Park

Day or night, snag one of the many available hammocks and relax al fresco. (M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

You can even hang out directly over the water.

hammocks over the water at spruce street harbor park

It’s a super relaxing way to spend time by the river. (Photo by M. Stanley for DRWC)

Head five minutes north of Spruce Street Harbor Park to the awesome Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest.

summerfest in philadelphia

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest offers summertime-inspired food and drinks, arcade games, carnival rides, outdoor roller skating, al fresco bowling and more. (Photo by M. Stanley for DRWC)

Lace up your skates and take a few laps around the city’s first outdoor roller-skating rink.

roller skating at blue cross riverrink summerfest

The rink is open daily for roller skating, and roller skate and in-line skate rental are available, too. Guests who have their own skates are welcome to bring them for use on the rink. (Photo by M. Stanley for DRWC)

Check out The Midway, a brand-new, carnival-style space at Summerfest.

Midway

Yes, a huge 60-foot Ferris wheel, a full-size carousel and boardwalk-inspired games are all a part of Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest at Penn’s Landing this season. (Photo by M. Stanley for DRWC)

Enjoy The Pharaoh’s Fury (through July 28, 2017) and a 60-foot-tall Ferris wheel (August 1 – September 4, 2017).

midway at summerfest

Take a ride on a swinging ship known as The Pharaoh’s Fury (through July 23, 2017) or on the 60-foot-tall Ferris wheel (returning August 1 – September 4, 2017). (Photo by M. Stanley for DRWC)

There’s also an awesome carousel.

carousel at midway

Colorful lights and sounds fill the The Midway grounds, which hosts five boardwalk-style games and multiple rides, including a sweet carousel. (Photo by M. Stanley for DRWC)

And did we mention Summerfest has a mini-golf course and outdoor bowling?

outdoor mini golf

A nine-hole mini-golf course, designed by a local artist using recycled materials, is located right next to the roller skating rink. Outdoor bowling is also available. (Photo by M. Stanley for DRWC)

Time to eat! There are a ton of options at both Spruce Street Harbor Park and at Summerfest.

boardwalk at spruce street harbor park

There are delicious meals and snacks to be had at both Summerfest and at Spruce Street Harbor Park (above). (Photo by M. Stanley for DRWC)

Snag some tacos from Jose Garces’ Distrito, which occupies the floating barge at Spruce Street Harbor Park this summer.

Serving up seaside fare and classic Mexican eats, Jose Garces’ Distrito takes over the Spruce Street Harbor Park floating barge this year.

Or chow down on food from Federal Donuts, which continues to crush it with its Port FedNuts outpost at Spruce Street Harbor Park.

Port FedNuts brings fried chicken sandwiches and a bag of mini cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar donuts to the boardwalk at Spruce Street Harbor Park.

At Summerfest, enjoy delicious eats from Chickie’s and Pete’s Waterfront Crabshack.

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 items like fried shrimp, hard shell crabs, steamers and a seafood feast for two.

Finish off a fun meal with delicious ice cream from Franklin Fountain, located at both Spruce Street Harbor Park and Summerfest.

On a hot summer day, it’s hard to beat an ice cream treat from Franklin Fountain.

Wash it all down with a drink at either park.

Beer, wine and spirits flow at both parks, and for 2017, there’s an even larger draft beer selection at Spruce Street Harbor Park thanks to the addition of new draft lines. (C. Smyth for Visit Philadelphia)

Game time! Let the kids run wild playing oversized games like Connect Four.

kids playing games at spruce street harbor park

And chess.

kids playing giant chess at spruce street harbor park

Keep the kids entertained with big fun games. (Photos by M. Stanley for DRWC)

There’s also bean bag toss.

cornhole at spruce street harbor park

And bocce.

bocce at spruce street harbor park

Yes, Spruce Street Harbor Park has a bocce court, right on the bank overlooking the river. (Photos by M. Stanley for DRWC)

Plus, check out real carnival games (with prizes!) at Summerfest.

Spruce Street Harbor Park

There are five games available at Summerfest, including Water Race, Balloon Bust and more. (Photo by M. Stanley for DRWC)

Feeling adventurous? Rent a paddle boat or a kayak at the Penn’s Landing Marina.

Paddleboats

Kayaks as well as foot-pedaled boats are available for public rental in the Penn’s Landing Marina. (Photo by M. Stanley for DRWC)

Or take paddle board yoga classes.

yoga paddleboard spruce street harbor park

Yoga and fitness organization Aqua Vida brings floating yoga, meditation and fitness classes to the Delaware River near Spruce Street Harbor Park. (Photo courtesy Aqua Vida)

Alternatively, let everyone cool off by playing in the fountains at Spruce Street Harbor Park.

kids playing in fountain at spruce street harbor park

The fountains at the park are the perfect way to beat the summer heat! (Photo by M. Stanley for DRWC)

Seriously, it’s adorable.

child in water at spruce street harbor park

See? (Photo by M. Stanley for Delaware River Waterfront Corporation)

After a full day, take it easy and just stroll around the parks.

boardwalk at spruce street harbor park

There’s so much to do that you could spend a full day at either park. (M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

Then catch a sunset from the floating barge.

pruce street harbor park

While the sun sets to the west, the magic-hour lighting that’s cast over the waterfront makes for some pretty spectacular views. (Photo by M. Stanley for DRWC)

Marvel at the Spruce Street Harbor Park’s beauty come nightfall.

Spruce Street Harbor Park

The park at nighttime is breathtaking. (Photo by M. Stanley for DRWC)

Both parks are beautiful at night.

night at spruce street harbor park

Both parks are open until 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday and on Sunday, and until 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. (Photo by M. Stanley for DRWC)

Don’t miss special events, including free Waterfront Sessions on Thursdays at Spruce Street Harbor Park.

live music at spruce street harbor park

The park’s Waterfront Sessions Live Music Series unfolds every Thursday night at Spruce Street Harbor Park through August 31, 2017. (Photo by M. Stanley for DRWC)

And spend some time perusing at pop-up markets every Saturday and Sunday.

shopping at spruce street harbor park

Returning this year is Art Star’s curated Saturday pop-up market at Spruce Street Harbor Park and R5 Productions’ Sunday Punk Rock Flea Market pop up. (Photo by M. Stanley for DRWC)

Before you go, have your picture taken on the #visitphilly chair!

The perfect photo-op for your visit, #visitphilly chairs can be found at both Spruce Street Harbor Park and Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest. Be sure to share your photos with hashtag #visitphilly.




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