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Spruce Street Harbor Park

Summertime haven, presented by Univest/Valley Green Bank, returns

Spruce Street Harbor Park

Spruce Street Harbor Park is an outdoor summer oasis at Penn's Landing. Credit: Matt Stanley for the DRWC


Opens Spring 2016

Note: The information below is from 2015. Stay tuned for more information about this year’s event as it becomes available.

Now in its second year, 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.

Top 15 Things to Do at Spruce Street Harbor Park in 2015

Spruce Street Harbor Park’s second year is bigger than ever, with more food, more games, more drinks and Philadelphia’s only outdoor roller skating rink a short walk away.

Click the button below to peruse our list of all the awesome things to do at Spruce Street Harbor Park this year.

top 15 things to do at spruce street harbor park in 2015

The 10 Most Delicious Things To Eat At SSHP

This summer, Spruce Street Harbor Park on Delaware River Waterfront once again features an array of excellent options for eating and drinking thanks to new collaborations with some top local restaurants.

To help you narrow the field, we’ve compiled the 10 best things to eat at SSHP this summer. Click the button below if you’re hungry.

what to eat at SSHP

The Layout

The key features that led Spruce Street Harbor Park to be named one of the best urban beaches in the world by The Huffington Post will be back and better than ever in 2015.

The extremely-popular hammock garden has been expanded, offering more opportunities to lounge among the trees. Once the sun sets, the park lights up with hundreds of multi-colored LED lights, creating a breathtaking evening landscape.

Additional seating is available around the Columbus Monument along with oversized games like Jenga and chess. Converted shipping containers along the waterfront are used to create the park’s Boardwalk area featuring photo spots, arcade games and refreshments.

Out on the water, three floating barges will house the Oasis featuring a pop-up restaurant and bar featuring delicious bites from the Garces Group.


Grab a bite to eat ON the water aboard the floating barges at Spruce Street Harbor Park operated by the Garces Group. This year, Garces is bringing back the beloved Peruvian/Chinese fusion cuisine of Chifa for a fantastic walk-up dining experience. A perfect place for a summer happy hour, the floating dining destination features colorful waterfront seating, a lily pad floating water garden and a net lounge that extends out over the river.

Along the Boardwalk, you can satisfy sweet cravings with decadent ice cream creations from the S.S. Franklin Fountain, get mini donuts and the sought after fried chicken sandwich from Port FedNuts by Federal Donuts and enjoy grilled summer staples from Froman’s.

Wash down all that delicious food with a craft beer like the Lazy Hammock IPA made in collaboration with Philly’s own Yards Brewing Company.

Blue Cross RiverRink SummerFest

Philadelphia is getting its first-ever outdoor roller rink on the Delaware River with the inaugural Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest.

Located just steps from Spruce Street Harbor Park, the warm-weather sibling to the popular Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, Summerfest will feature a brand-new roller rink, a boathouse-styled Lodge, a play area for kids, food and drink options and summer events throughout the season.

Opening Memorial Day weekend (May 22), Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest will be free and open to the public daily through the end of September. Read more about Summerfest by clicking the button below.

Learn more about summerfest

Top Things To Do At Penn’s Landing For 2015

Spruce Street Harbor Park is also conveniently located next to favorite attractions on the Penn’s Landing Marina including the Paddle Penn’s Landing program, the Moshulu, the Independence Seaport Museum, the Olympia and Becuna, the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing, the Chart House and the Spirit of Philadelphia and the Spirit Elite.

Parkgoers are also within walking distance to the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, where they can enjoy free summer concerts, special events and skate a few laps on the all-new Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest.

For our full guide on how to spend the summer at Penn’s Landing for 2015, click the button below.

top things to do at penn’s landing this summer

Getting There

Like all of the waterfront attractions, Spruce Street Harbor Park is super accessible via public transportation, bike and by foot.

This year, there’s more parking for bicyclists pedaling to the waterfront park. If you don’t own a bike, consider renting a ride from Indego, the city’s new bike sharing program. Rentals start at just $4 for a half hour and bikes can be picked up or dropped off at any of the 70 stations launching throughout the city (including a station across the street from Spruce Street Harbor Park at Foglietta Plaza).

To arrive by foot, cross Columbus Boulevard at Spruce Street (just past the Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial) and you’ve arrived.

By SEPTA, take the Market-Frankford Line to 2nd Street, or numerous SEPTA buses stop at or near the Spruce Street Harbor Park and Penn’s Landing, as well as the Philly PHLASH this summer.

By car, look for parking lots located at Lombard Circle, Walnut and Market Streets at Columbus Boulevard.

For more information, click on the button below.

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