3 Awesome Waterfront Activities on the Delaware River in Philadelphia

Philadelphia is a multi-faceted city. The city is rich in history with sites such as the Betsy Ross House, Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. Philadelphia also boasts excellent shopping, restaurants with gourmet chefs, top of the line hotels, and more. In addition, the following three new summer outdoor waterfront activities designate Philadelphia as an awesome vacation destination.

Outdoor Roller Skating Rink:  The young at heart will enjoy a newly constructed outdoor roller skating rink along the waterfront with a beach theme. Visitors will be thrilled with the professional construction of the flooring for skating ease. The skating rink opened on Memorial Day and is scheduled to be open through the end of September. A lighted canopy provides illumination at night for the skating rink. Skaters may wish to dine at the conveniently located, remodeled restaurant with a boathouse theme.

Race Street Pier:  The Race Street Pier offers a quiet tranquil reprieve from a busy day of shopping and visiting tourist attractions. The two level pier is built with Trex, a durable, sustainable material created from recycled plastic and wood. There are plenty of benches located along the pier overlooking the Benjamin Franklin Bridge for watching boats pass and contemplating. Free yoga classes are offered seven days a week on the pier. The pier is picnic friendly and well lit for night time safety.

Spruce Street Harbor Park:  Spruce Street Harbor Park has been named one of the best urban beaches in the world by The Huffington Post. The park is located at Penn’s Landing along the waterfront of the Delaware River and may be reached by automobile, bicycle, foot or public transportation. A summer festival, that made its’ debut in 2014, has reopened for a second year from Memorial Day through the end of September at the harbor. There is no admission charge for the festival. Visitors will enjoy a beer garden and lounging hammocks. Chess and Jenga games are stationed near the Columbus Monument. Arcade games and refreshments are located along the boardwalk constructed from recycled shipping containers. Three floating barges, located at the harbor, are home to the Oasis Restaurant for the summer. The restaurant serves up an awesome variety of specialties by the Garces Group. The boardwalk, festival and barges are well lit for night activities and beautifully illuminate the waterfront.

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