Spruce Street Harbor Park
The hammock-filled haven on the Delaware River
Through September 25, 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 invites 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 are available this year than ever before with a few extra additions from Garces Group and new team-ups with other Philadelphia restaurants.
Along with a ton of beverage and food options, visitors can enjoy the vibrant, colorful LED lighting that hangs from the treetops to illuminate the park at night and a packed schedule of entertainment set to unfold 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 25.
Top 25 Things to Do at Spruce Street Harbor Park
The temporary village on Penn’s Landing makes for an essential seasonal 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, its third year of bringing awesomeness to the Delaware River waterfront. In case you have yet to visit, we invite you to peruse our list of all the awesome things to do at Spruce Street Harbor Park.
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Spruce Street Harbor Park features an array of excellent options for eating and drinking, including some new collaborations this year with a variety of top local restaurants. Grab a bite to eat from one of the boardwalk vendors or visit the restaurant on the floating barge, where a beer garden and Garces Group’s Distrito serves up tacos of all kinds.
Port FedNuts, the Penn’s Landing location of Federal Donuts, is back with its super popular fried chicken sandwich from last summer, and Franklin Fountain brings its creamy, ice-cold frozen treats — think waffle ice cream sandwiches, milkshakes and more — to keep you cool on extra hot days.
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. Numerous bars are set up throughout the space, which makes this space one gigantic beer garden.
Chef Kevin Sbraga debuted The Little Fat Ham on the waterfront this year, with Southern-inspired food like hot fish sandwiches, pulled pork sandwiches, beef brisket sandwiches, corn on the cob, sweet tea and lemonade currently offered on its menu.
In addition to Distrito Taco, Garces Group’s Village Burger occupies the boardwalk, along with a new concept, Papas Fritas, a restaurant serving fries topped with everything from queso to braised short rib. Froman’s, another boardwalk stop, serves up summertime staples like hot dogs, burgers and tomato salad.
And bringing classic waterside favorites to the area, Chickie’s and Pete’s serves up its famous crab fries, crab pretzels, cheesesteaks and more.
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. And this year, there are more hammocks, more bars, more food options and more seating and tables than ever before.
Near the Columbus Monument, find oversized games like Jenga and chess and seating for visitors to watch. 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 also debuted a new waterfront hammock lounge that is available for private rentals throughout the summer. The space accommodates up to 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 (Distrito) and bar serving up delicious bites from Garces Group.
On Saturdays throughout the spring and summer, the Art Star Pop-Up Shop hits the grounds of Spruce Street Harbor Park with handmade goods — clothing, jewelry, homewares and more — from a rotating roster of local vendors. On Sundays, R5 Production’s Punk Rock Flea Market brings one-of-a-kind items to Spruce Street for an alfresco shopping market.
Throughout the week, paddleboard yoga, boat rentals and other waterfront fun can be enjoyed.
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.
15 Things to Do on Penn’s Landing This Summer
Being right on Penn’s Landing, Spruce Street Harbor Park is surrounded with other fun activities to keep your busy all season-long. From yoga to live music and more, check out all of the things you can do this summer in the area.
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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