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Spruce Street Harbor Park

The summertime, hammock-filled haven returns with full strength

Spruce Street Harbor Park

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


Opens May 6, 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 summer.

Presented by Univest Corporation 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

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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top 15 things to do at spruce street harbor park

The Food

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.

Expect an array of eats from Garces Group – more than ever before – and a plethora of food stands from top area eateries. Check back for more information on participating vendors as its released.

The Layout

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.

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, find three floating barges, which house the Oasis, home to a a pop-up restaurant and bar serving up delicious bites from Garces Group.

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.

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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 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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