A hub of family-friendly activity throughout the year
Spruce Street Harbor Park
An immensely popular pop-up on the Delaware River Waterfront, Spruce Street Harbor Park has been lauded as one of the world’s best urban beaches. Returning annually, the summer oasis at Penn’s Landing Marina at Columbus Boulevard and Spruce Street features a beer garden, restaurant, outdoor games and a ton of hammocks welcoming you to chill out alfresco.
The pop-up spot also features a boardwalk, fountains and a series of floating barges with lily pad water gardens.
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Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest
Open daily through early September, the Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest creates an outdoor entertainment haven, encompassing a roller rink, a boathouse-styled lodge, a play area for kids, food and drink options and events throughout the season. Lace up your skates and head out for some fun before unwinding with a drink and delicious bite to eat after working up an appetite.
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 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 atmospheric Festival Pier hosts concerts and performances during the warmer months, including the extremely popular Roots Picnic in June.
The outdoor venue brings beach-live vibes to Penn’s Landing with a boardwalk, a sandy beach and beachy plants. Food trucks offer bites to eat and a beer garden offers a spot to relax with a draft in hand.
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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, festivals 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 Philadelphia’s spectacular skyline, all while floating down the impressive Delaware River. The Ferry operates on weekends beginning in May and extending through the start of September.
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Top 15 Things to Do at Penn’s Landing This Summer
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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 exhibitions about what makes boats float, the China trade and local small craft.
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Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest
Enjoy a rejuvenating outdoor adventure at the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, 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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201 S. Columbus Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19106
- Best Western Plus: Independence Park Hotel
- The Franklin Hotel
at Independence Park
- Holiday Inn Express
- Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel
- Hotel Monaco Philadelphia
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- Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District
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Museums & Attractions
101 Columbus Boulevard
The Great Plaza at Penn's Landing
Philadelphia, PA 19106
- Battleship New Jersey
- PECO Multicultural Series
at Penn’s Landing
- Race Street Pier
- Caribbean Festival
- Adventure Aquarium
- Tides of Freedom
African Presence on the Delaware River
- XPoNential Music Festival
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