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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: Photo courtesy of Matt Stanley for DRWC



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 available for riverside recreation. The upper terrace, dubbed the grand sky promenade, rises 12-feet-high 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.

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 a perfect picnic spot 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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Race Street Pier is not just a daytime destination, as the pier features an extensive lighting setup, 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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