Spruce Street Harbor Park
The hammock-filled haven on the Delaware River
Opens May 7, 2016
Lauded as one of the best urban beaches in America, Spruce Street Harbor Park returns for its third year. The beloved pop-up park will continue to invite visitors to lounge on its signature hammocks, enjoy food on its floating restaurant, cool off with drafts from the beer garden and hang out and play games – ping pong, shuffleboard and more – along its waterfront boardwalk.
More dining options will be available than ever before with a few extra additions from Garces Group and new team-ups with other Philadelphia restaurants (more details coming soon). Visitors can look forward to colorful LED lights hanging from treetops as they did last year to illuminate the park at night and a packed entertainment schedule throughout the season.
Presented by Univest Corporation and Valley Green Bank, the waterfront oasis is FREE and open to the public every day through September.
Top 15 Things to Do at Spruce Street Harbor Park
The temporary village on Penn’s Landing makes for an essential Philadelphia summertime — and now springtime! — attraction with its floating restaurant, beer garden, hammocks, boardwalk, colorful LED lights, entertainment schedule and delicious food program.
All of its brilliance from last year has been carried into 2016. In case you have yet to visit, we invite you to peruse our 2015 list of all the awesome things to do at Spruce Street Harbor Park.
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Spruce Street Harbor Park on the Delaware River Waterfront features an array of excellent options for eating and drinking, including some new collaborations this year with a variety of top local restaurants. Returning for 2016 are the floating barges with walk-up food and drink service from shipping containers — so, yes, the floating beer garden will return. Port FedNuts, the Penn’s Landing location of Federal Donuts that debuted the super, super popular fried chicken sandwich last summer, will also return for 2016.
Franklin Fountain will also bring back its creamy, ice-cold frozen treats at the S.S. Franklin Fountain — think of the popular waffle ice cream sandwich, milkshakes and scoops of classic ice cream.
To every drink fan’s delight, beer, wine and spirits will also be flowing at the park, and The Lazy Hammock, SSHP’s exclusive Yards brew, will be available throughout the summer. There will once again be numerous bars throughout the space, which makes this space a full-fledged beer garden.
This year, chef Kevin Sbraga will open The Little Fat Ham on the waterfront with an emphasis on Southern-inspired food that can be easily devoured at the waterfront park – read: sans table. Menu items include a hot fish sandwich, pulled pork sandwich, beef brisket sandwich, corn on the cob, sweet tea and lemonade.
Garces Group will return to the park with Village Burger, Distrito Taco and some new concepts including Papas Fritas, a restaurant serving fries topped with everything from queso to braised short rib, and Froman’s, a boardwalk stop serving summertime staples like hot dogs, burgers and tomato salad.
Chickie’s and Pete’s heads North from its South Philly headquarters for a special location of its restaurant. This summer, enjoy Chickie’s crab fries, crab pretzels, cheesesteaks and more while taking in views of the Delaware.
It’s not by chance that Spruce Street Harbor Park drew more than 750,000 visitors last year.
The extremely-popular hammock garden offers what may be the best Philly opportunity to lounge among trees and urban green-space. Once the sun sets, the park lights up with hundreds of multi-colored LED lights, creating a breathtaking evening landscape. The seasonal village returns this summer with an expanded footprint— more hammocks, more bars, more food options, more seating, more tables and tons of colorful LED lights.
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. This year, Spruce Street Harbor Park will debut a new waterfront hammock lounge that will be available for private rentals throughout the summer. The space can accommodate about 20 people and promises plenty of hammocks, chairs, tables, umbrellas and games.
Out on the water, find three floating barges, which house the Oasis, home to a pop-up restaurant and bar serving up delicious bites from Garces Group.
On Saturdays throughout the spring and summer, the Art Star Pop-Up Shop will return to the grounds of Spruce Street Harbor Park with handmade goods — clothing, jewelry, home wares and more — from a rotating roster of local vendors. On Sundays, R5 Production’s Punk Rock Flea Market will bring one-of-a-kind items to Spruce Street for an alfresco shopping market.
Throughout the week, on the water fun will also return to the Delaware River park with paddleboard yoga, boat rental and more.
Craft beer fans will descend upon Spruce Street Harbor Park from June 3 through 12 for Philly Beer Week when the riverfront park will serve as the official beer garden for the week-long event.
Blue Cross RiverRink SummerFest
Last year, Philadelphia received 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 features a brand-new roller rink, a boathouse-styled Lodge, a play area for kids, food and drink options and summer events throughout the season.
Stay tuned for information about its opening in 2016. In the meantime, we invite you to further build your anticipation by clicking the button below to read more about Summerfest.
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 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.
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