Eleven magnificent wooden ships cruise into Philadelphia to drop anchor along Penn’s Landing for Sail Philadelphia, a five-day-long festival celebrating tall ships, sailing and Philadelphia’s maritime history.
This event — the only of its kind on the East coast — offers fun for the whole family on land, on deck and on water.
Brought to Philadelphia by the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation and the Independence Seaport Museum, along with maritime heritage organization Tall Ships America and presenting sponsor Bank of America, Sail Philadelphia is expected to attract more than 180,000 attendees for exciting deck tours, sailing excursions on select historic vessels and a lively festival along Penn’s Landing.
The festival kicks off with the Parade of Sail, a pageant-like ceremony where the ships — hailing from ports all over the globe — show off what makes them special on the water before pulling into dock at Penn’s Landing.
Attendees can enjoy ticketed tours and sailing excursions on select tall ships, live music and entertainment at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, festival fare from local vendors, refreshing drinks at three different beer gardens, hands-on activities at the Independence Seaport Museum and so much more.
— Photo courtesy M. Stanley for DRWC
Festival-only tickets allow guests to see the ships from land while enjoying festival and waterfront programming starting at 11 a.m. until the festival closes at 7 p.m. Single-day tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, military and children ages three to 12 and free for children under two.
Ship tour tickets allow guests to hop aboard one or more of the docked tall ships to take self-guided tours in addition to same-day festival admission. These single-day, timed tour tickets aim to minimize wait time and cost $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and military, $7 for children ages three to 12 and free for children under two. Tours start at noon and continue at half-hour intervals throughout the day, ending at 7 p.m.
Early entry tickets are available for guests who want to beat the crowds and tour the ships from 11 a.m. until noon. These tickets cost $65 for adults, $55 for seniors and military, $50 for children ages three to 12 and free for children under two.
Sail away cruise tickets include a day or twilight sailing excursion on one of five tall ships along with same-day festival admission. Ninety-minute day sail tickets cost $90 per person and 2-hour twilight sail tickets — which include complimentary wine and snacks — cost $125 per person.
For $150 per person, guests can sail out on the water for a three-hour cruise during the Parade of Sail to see stunning views of the tall ships as they arrive.
All tickets include same-day admission to the Independence Seaport Museum and can be purchased online.
Penn’s Landing is easily accessible by car and public transportation.
A handful of SEPTA bus routes stop at Penn’s Landing and the venue is only a short walk from the 2nd Street station on the Market-Frankford subway line. Refer to septa.org for up-to-date routes and timetables.
Visitors can also utilize the popular Philadelphia PHLASH shuttle service to get to Sail Philadelphia. The transit loop stops at major attractions all around the city, including Penn’s Landing.
Limited parking is available at lots around Penn’s Landing and in the parking garage at the nearby Hilton Penn’s Landing. The RiverLink Ferry is another option for visitors who want to drive and park on the Camden side of the river, then ferry over to Penn’s Landing.
Taxi and ride-sharing services can get visitors to Penn’s Landing easily as well. Check here for more useful information about navigating to Sail Philadelphia.
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