A hub of family-friendly activity throughout the year
The Delaware River Waterfront, just a short walk from Old City and Historic Philadelphia, hosts family-friendly attractions and events all year long.
Spruce Street Harbor Park
An immensely popular pop-up on the Delaware River Waterfront, Spruce Street Harbor Park has proven its worth and is being extended through September 28. The summer oasis at Penn’s Landing Marina at Columbus Boulevard and Spruce Street features a beer garden, restaurant and more and has been named one of the world’s best urban beaches.
The waterfront’s new jewel boasts all of the essential elements for a summertime revery — ample outdoor seating, local beer offerings and higher-end grab-and-go food available from a cargo container — and will be free and open to the public every day from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.
The pop-up spot also features a hammock garden, boardwalk, urban beach, fountains and a series of floating barges with lily pad water gardens.
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Screenings Under the Stars
Every Thursday night in July and August, a different film will be screened outdoors on a big screen at Penn’s Landing. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoy a great summer treat!
Sit back and cozy up to blockbuster movies or well-loved classics on the big screen right on the banks of the Delaware River.
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PECO Multicultural Summer Festival Series
You don’t have to go overseas for a taste of all the world cultures that make Philadelphia such a diverse and interesting city. Just head over to Penn’s Landing for its PECO Multicultural Summer Festival Series, a succession of outdoor festivals that celebrate cultural traditions from across the globe.
What could be better than enjoying some amazing salsa performances on the banks of the Delaware River? Or how about savoring authentic dishes from the Caribbean, Ireland or Mexico? The PECO Multicultural Series features free events at Penn’s Landing throughout the summer.
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Summer Concert Series
The Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing is home to free, alfresco concerts on Friday nights, and certain Saturdays, all summer long. From jazz to gospel to R&B, the Summer Concert Series has something for every music lover.
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The All-New Festival Pier
The atmospheric Festival Pier hosts concerts and performances during the warmer months, including the extremely popular Roots Picnic in June. The venue has a completely new look after renovations by Groundswell Design Group, the folks behind the design at Morgan’s Pier, the Fringe Arts building, Waterfront Winterfest at Penn’s Landing and more.
The new Festival Pier brings the beach to Penn’s Landing as it promises a boardwalk, a sandy beach and beachy plants. Also, look forward to an on-site food truck featuring bites from chef Michael Schulson of the upcoming Independence Beer Garden.
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The Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing
The Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing is one of the city’s premier locations for outdoor concerts, festival, and private rentals. The site offers panoramic views of the Philadelphia skyline, the Delaware River, and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge as well as a unique waterfront ambiance.
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A 12-minute scenic river tour gives you the opportunity to see sensational views of waterfront highlights and the City of Philadelphia’s spectacular skyline, all while floating down the impressive Delaware River. The Ferry operates Saturdays and Sundays in May and September, and seven days a week between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
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Independence Seaport Museum
With historic vessels to board, a ship’s hull to rivet, and cargo to unload with miniature cranes, Philadelphia’s maritime museum conveys what the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers have meant to the city over the years. Along with displays that chronicle the city’s contributions to naval and commercial maritime history, there are exhibits about what makes boats float, the China trade and local small craft.
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Blue Cross RiverRink
Enjoy a rejuvenating outdoor adventure at the Blue Cross RiverRink, an Olympic-sized ice rink at Penn’s Landing where you can view both the Delaware River and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. Don’t worry if it’s a little brisk — the RiverRink features a heated pavilion with a snack bar and game room to keep you warm.
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New Year’s Eve Fireworks
The thrill and excitement of fireworks entertain crowds year after year, and the Delaware River Waterfront is a perfect backdrop for holiday fireworks shows, with prime viewing spots from both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Penn’s Landing hosts some of the city’s biggest fireworks displays to ring in both the New Year and the 4th of July.
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Waterfront Winterfest at Penn’s Landing
In late 2013 and early 2014, Penn’s Landing celebrated 20 years of ice skating at the Blue Cross RiverRink with Waterfront Winterfest, a pop-up holiday winter garden and waterfront village.
The area surrounding the Blue Cross RiverRink was transformed with a bar and restaurant, pop-up garden-style landscaping, a light and video show, and a retail shopping experience.
Look for more info on the 2014-2015 edition of Winterfest in fall 2014.
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In the neighborhood
201 S. Columbus Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19106
- Penn’s View Hotel
- Holiday Inn Express
- Best Western Independence Park Hotel
- The Morris House Hotel
- Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District
- Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel
- Hotel Monaco Philadelphia
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Museums & Attractions
525 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
- Saint George’s Methodist Church
- Independence After Hours
- Constitution Day
- Merchant’s Exchange
- Once Upon a Nation
- American Philosophical Society Museum
- Arden Theatre Company
- 2016 Fringe Festival
- Independence Visitor Center
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Restaurants & Dining
136 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19106
- Sassafras Bar
- Independence After Hours
- Positano Coast
- Barra Restaurant
- The Continental Restaurant and Martini Bar
- Campo’s Deli
- Nick’s Roast Beef Bar & Grille
- Bierstube German Tavern
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