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Race Street Pier

Relaxing waterfront respite in the heart of the city

Race Street Pier

Located in the shadow of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, the Pier features two-levels for riverside recreation — and for watching the tide roll in. Credit: Matt Stanley for DRWC

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Hours

Open 7 a.m. until 11 p.m.

The Experience

Yet another of Philadelphia’s amazing outdoor spaces, the Race Street Pier on the Delaware River Waterfront is a relaxing respite in the heart of the city.

Located in the shadow of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, the Pier features two-levels for riverside recreation. The upper terrace, dubbed the grand sky promenade, rises 12-feet towards the bridge and is paved with Trex, a sustainable, synthetic decking material made out of reclaimed plastic and wood. The promenade is connected to the lower terrace by a multi-tiered seating area, perfect for watching the tide roll in.

Coincidentally, at high tide the river comes just 4.5 feet from the lower level of the pier, bringing you right up to the water’s edge.

The Race Street Pier is picnic-friendly with a spacious lawn featuring multiple types of grasses and perennials along with more than three-dozen trees cultivated in New Jersey for the World Trade Center Memorial at Ground Zero in New York City.

The pier is the first part of a multi-phase revitalization of the Central Delaware Waterfront. Click here to learn more.

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Free Yoga at Race Street Pier

Dates: April 2 – October 30, 2016
Calling all yoga-curious individuals and already established downward dog enthusiasts: Free guided yoga returns to Race Street Pier this year.

Every Monday through Thursday, classes will take place at both 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., and at 7 a.m. on Friday mornings. On the weekends, yoga will be be held at 9:30 a.m.

New this year, participants are also invited take part in Twilight Yoga classes that coincide with the full moon. Twilight Yoga classes will take place at 8:30 p.m. on May 21, June 20, July 19, August 18, September 16 and October 16.

Note: All classes are bring your own mat, towel and water bottle. Stay up-to-date on weather cancellations and special events here.

Don’t Miss

The Race Street Pier is not just a daytime destination, as the pier features extensive lighting including fully lighted rails and over 200 LED Solar Light Blocks embedded into the paving.

Outsider Tip

All visitors are provided with free, 4G WiMAX internet access courtesy of Clear.

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