Named in honor of William Penn’s historic landing in Philadelphia in 1682, Penn’s Landing hosts events, classes, attractions and entertainment all year long.
Perhaps most notably, this area is home to seasonal parks including Spruce Street Harbor Park and Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, as well as tons of happenings at the Great Plaza.
The area spans Front Street to the Delaware River from Spring Garden Street to Washington Avenue.
Set on the shores of the Delaware River Waterfront, Penn’s Landing offers a seemingly endless array of ways to enjoy Philadelphia’s riverfront.
In the warmer months, the Great Plaza hosts multicultural gatherings, Race Street Pier sets the scene for BYO-mat free yoga classes with sweeping views, and some of the music industry’s hottest stars perform live.
The RiverLink Ferry takes visitors on a 12-minute tour of the section of the Delaware River that bounds Philadelphia from the east.
When the temperatures drop, the riverside spot features ice skating, a ski-style chalet and more.
All year long, the Independence Seaport Museum provides an interactive and educational glimpse into Philadelphia’s rich seafaring heritage.
Permanent exhibits like the Workshop on the Water and the warships Olympia and Becuna bring the past and present to life.
Penn’s Landing, just a short walk from Old City and Historic Philadelphia, hosts family-centric attractions and events throughout the year.
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Some of the city’s most talked-about seasonal attractions pop up at Penn’s Landing.
In the summer, Spruce Street Harbor Park draws thousands of residents and visitors with features like a beer garden, restaurants and food stands, floating lily pad lounges, colorful hammocks and carnival-style games.
The urban oasis also hosts movie screenings, fun-filled festivals and alfresco concerts of all musical genres. Visitors looking to get their sea legs can rent paddle boats, swan boats and kayaks.
A few steps away, Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest delights guests with roller skating, a boathouse-style lodge and outdoor entertainment.
In the colder months, the site transforms into Winterfest, with an Olympic-sized ice skating rink, outdoor fire pits, delectable bites and holiday lights.
Each June, the blockbuster Roots Picnic at Penn’s Landing boasts a killer lineup of today’s top musical talent, all hosted by Philly’s hometown legends The Roots.
Summer and fall bring events like the PECO Multicultural Festival Series, which celebrates the many cultures ever-present in Philadelphia; entertainment at the Great Plaza and Festival Pier; and outdoor movie screenings along the banks of the Delaware.
Spruce Street Harbor Park draws thousands of residents and visitors with a beer garden, restaurants and food stands.
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An interactive museum exploring Philadelphia’s maritime heritage