Spruce Street Harbor Park
Lauded as one of the best urban beaches in America, Spruce Street Harbor Park has served as a Delaware River Waterfront oasis since the summer of 2014.
The beloved seasonal park offers visitors the chance to lounge on colorful hammocks, enjoy Philly-inspired eats on floating barges, cool off with craft brews in the beer garden and play games – bocce, shuffleboard and more – along a waterfront boardwalk.
Presented by Univest Corporation, the seasonal waterfront park is free and open to the public in the spring through fall.
The Spruce Street Harbor Park 2018 season runs from Friday, May 11 through Sunday, September 30.
Developed by the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation, the free seasonal park on Penn’s Landing makes for an essential warm-weather attraction with its floating restaurant, beer garden, hammocks, boardwalk, colorful LED lights and entertainment schedule.
Dozens of colorful hammocks offer shady spots to kick back and relax.
Day or night, Spruce Street Harbor Park offers excellent options for outdoor recreation.
Though kicking back in a hammock or lounging by the water is reason enough to visit, the park also has an arcade, bocce court, shuffleboard and giant Jenga, as well as boat rentals — think kayaks and swan boats.
Once the sun sets, the park lights up with hundreds of multi-colored LEDs strung through trees, creating a brilliant evening spectacle.
Each year, enhancements make the park-going experience even better than its previous iteration, with new ways to enjoy the warm weather against the backdrop of the Delaware River Waterfront.
Lauded as one of the best urban beaches in America, Spruce Street Harbor Park has served as a Philadelphia waterfront oasis since the summer of 2014.
— Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia
Eats and drinks abound at Spruce Street Harbor Park, largely served from cool converted shipping containers that line the boardwalk.
Some of the city’s most celebrated chefs and restaurants have set up outposts at this warm-weather attraction, including Jose Garces and Michael Solomonov, making the dining options quintessentially Philly.
Menus have included classic Boardwalk-inspired fare like burgers and funnel cake, as well as locally hatched goods like Federal Donuts’ fried chicken sandwiches and Chickie’s and Pete’s crab fries, cheesesteaks and more.
For dessert, Franklin Fountain always brings its frozen treats (ice cream, custard, milkshakes, floats and more!) to the waterfront.
Beer, wine and spirits also flow at the park with a rotating draft beer selection, seasonal cocktails and more.
The Franklin Fountain sets up an outpost in a shipping container for the season at Spruce Street Harbor Park.
— Photo by Matt Stanley for DRWC
Not only is Spruce Street Harbor Park home to food, drinks, games and space to lounge, but it also welcomes special events throughout its season.
A wide array of happenings take place at Spruce Street Harbor Park each year, including pop-up art markets, outdoor movie screenings and live music.
The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation can provide even more information on Spruce Street Harbor Park and its schedule.
All of the Delaware River Waterfront and Penn’s Landing is accessible via public transportation, bike and by foot.
To arrive by foot, head to 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 Penn’s Landing. By car, look for parking lots located at Lombard Circle, Walnut and Market Streets at Columbus Boulevard. We highly recommend that visitors arrive on foot, by bike (try Indego!) or by public transportation via SEPTA.
The beloved pop-up park invites visitors to lounge on its colorful hammocks.
— Photo by Visit Philadelphia
Book the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package for stays through September 3, 2018 and get FREE hotel parking as well as free tickets to the Museum of the American Revolution, free tickets for a ride on the Ferris wheel and roller skating at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, a $25 CHeU Noodle restaurants gift card, free mini-golf and a carousel ride at Franklin Square, free passes to ride the PHLASH Downtown Loop and a $10 Lyft credit.
A hub of family-friendly activity throughout the year