Top 15 Things To Do At Spruce Street Harbor Park and Summerfest in 2015
Philly’s coolest waterfront park probably ever adds a roller-skating rink, more food for 2015
Good things come to those who wait. Last year’s blockbuster summer attraction on the Delaware River Waterfront, Spruce Street Harbor Park, is making its grand return on Memorial Day weekend.
The second year of the beloved pop-up park features more hammocks for lounging, more food to enjoy and more ways to celebrate the summer on the waterfront.
Presented by Univest and Valley Green Bank, the summer oasis is FREE and open to the public every day through September.
That’s awesome news, as the 2014 version of 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.
For 2015, Spruce Street Harbor Park is back and it’s bigger than ever. Add to that Philadelphia’s only outdoor roller skating rink in Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, and you have the perfect outdoor combination for an incredible summer.
Read on for all the great things you’ll be doing at Spruce Street Harbor Park and RiverRink Summerfest this year.
Enjoy the return of Spruce Street Harbor Park a full month early for 2015.
With an opening date of May 22, 2015, that means you’ll have a whole extra month this year to enjoy the awesomeness that is Spruce Street Harbor Park.
The park is one of the greatest new additions to Philadelphia in years. Watch this video and see for yourself:
Where to start? The best place: 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 for 2015, they’ve been added to every accessible area to allow for summer lounging along the waterfront. (Photo by M. Stanley for DRWC)
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)
Or a game of shuffleboard.
Oh yeah, there’s also a shuffleboard court right on the bank overlooking the waterfront. (Photo by Douglas Bovitt for Delaware River Waterfront Corporation)
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)
Get out on the river on a kayak or paddle boat.
Kayaks, tandem kayaks, canoes and foot-pedal swan boats as well as radio and wind-powered vessels will be available for public rental in the Penn’s Landing Marina. (Photo courtesy Delaware River Waterfront Corporation)
Or head a short walk north of Spruce Street Harbor Park and check out the brand new Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest.
For the first time this year, 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)
Even if you’re not roller skating, the Summerfest space will be a great place to hang out for people of all ages.
Surrounding the rink, the Summerfest space will become a family-friendly hangout with natural landscaping outside, a wraparound porch, an arcade space and a boathouse-themed Lodge serving summertime-appropriate food and drink from the Garces Group and other Philadelphia restaurants. (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)
Thirsty? Back at Spruce Street Harbor Park, sip on a delicious brew at the Visit Philly Beer Garden Series this summer.
The Visit Philly Beer Garden Series will be at Spruce Street Harbor Park every Friday from 5-8 p.m. from May 22 to July 10 (skipping July 3). Be there! (Photo by Matt Stanley for DRWC)
Or just take a load off and raise a toast to summer.
The park will have three(!) bars this summer — one open regularly and two more open on Fridays and weekend. (Photo by M. Stanley for DRWC)
And be sure to bring your friends.
Yards Brewing Company and Spruce Street Harbor Park have collaborated on a Lazy Hammock IPA, a Belgian-style pale ale that will be perfect for enjoying while relaxing. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)
Hungry? Grab a bite to eat at one of a number of new awesome spots on the boardwalk.
For 2015, attendees can snack on ice cream and desserts from the S.S. Franklin Fountain, donuts and fried chicken sandwiches from Port FedNuts and grilled summer staples from Froman’s. (Photo by M. Stanley for Delaware River Waterfront Corporation)
A different Jose Garces restaurant will occupy the floating barge this summer.
The floating barges with walk-up food service from shipping containers return for 2015, but with expanded offerings from Garces in the form Chifa, offering Peruvian and Chinese fusion. (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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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 beautiful at night.
The park is open until 1 a.m. seven days a week. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)
Spruce Street Harbor Park and Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest open May 22. Get excited.
It’s going to be an amazing summer on the Delaware River Waterfront. See you there! (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)