5 Reasons to Visit Spruce Street Harbor Park

One of the city’s most popular warm-weather hangouts is returning!

Spruce Street Harbor Park opens its figurative gates May 11. Penn’s Landing’s outdoor playground for adults (and maybe some kids!), 1.5 miles from your 1500 Locust apartment, features endless opportunities for summer fun. The pop-up park has gotten bigger and better each year, and has become a national model for urban parks.

What makes Spruce Street Harbor Park so exciting? Here are a few reasons to check it out:

Relaxation: More than 50 hammocks are strung from trees around the park, making it a perfect spot to kick back and relax from your hectic schedule. You can bring along a book and some headphones and settle in beneath the trees for some shady afternoon reading. If the hammocks are all filled up, bring a blanket and stretch out on the grass.

Date Night: If you’re looking for a unique new spot for a date, Spruce Street Harbor Park is a perfect choice. With lights twinkling in the trees and music piping throughout the park, the area offers a great backdrop for a night with your sweetheart. You can grab food, drinks and sit by the river for a romantic evening.

Riverside Views: The park is situated right on the banks of the Delaware River and organizers take full advantage of the location. Large net seats are strung over the river at the on-site bar and restaurant, so visitors can enjoy their food and drinks with a view. Swan boats and other water activities are also a great way to benefit from the river breezes on a hot day.

Summer Exercise: Walking from your 1500 Locust apartment to Spruce Street Harbor Park can add some built-in exercise to your trip. Once there, you can take a jog through the park and along the river if you want some new views to energize your outdoor workouts.

Brews and Bites: The park is home to a range of food and beverage vendors, including famed local restauranteur Jose Garces. The boardwalk area will have you feeling like you’re at the Jersey Shore, with its hot dogs, funnel cake and ice cream, or you can grab some more serious snacks from Distrito and Village Burger. Three bars serve more than 15 local beers, as well as cocktails and wine, which you can enjoy in the beer garden, which is consistently named the best in the city.


Spruce Street Harbor Park

301 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd.

Philadelphia, PA 19106