Top 5 Things To Do at Penn’s Landing
Let’s take a trip to Philadelphia and visit the Delaware River Waterfront at Penn’s Landing. This area is perfect for families and creating unforgettable memories. Plan a full weekend getaway — there are a lot of activities you won’t want to miss.
Built into the shell of a century-old municipal pier is the Cherry Street Pier. Open year-round, visit this pier to enjoy watching local artists at work. The artists create everything from sculptures and paintings to music and even textile art. Check out the event calendar for special events. I recommend going to one of their firework displays for a great show.
Share your story at Philadelphia’s very own Hope Fence. The fence is a 250-foot stretch along the Delaware River on the exterior of the Hilton Philadelphia Penn’s Landing. This work of art was inspired by the Pont Des Arts bridge in Paris and was a gift from Dan and Sarah Keating to the city of Philadelphia. You can purchase a lock from the shop in the Hotel’s lobby for $10. Then, write your name(s) on the lock, and lock in your story with your loved ones on the fence.
Fun in the Sun
Take a stroll down the traditional wooden boardwalk and visit Spruce Street Harbor Park. This park is filled with hammocks, pop up food stands from local eateries, games, and views of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and old fighter ships. Grab a bite to eat at Chickie’s & Pete’s, and then head to The Oasis for a craft beer or two! Afterward, soak up the sun while you learn to play chess in the park. The chess pieces are life-size, which makes them perfect for fun photo ops.
Where to Eat in Philadelphia
Enjoy lunch on the river at the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing. Raise a toast at Keating’s Rope and Anchor Bar + Kitchen. Keating’s serves contemporary American cuisine, focusing on sustainable seafood and handcrafted cocktails. One of the best dishes served is the famous firecracker shrimp tacos with grilled jumbo shrimp and a sweet Thai cilantro glaze. It is out of this world! It’s even better when paired with an ice-cold, locally-made Yards Latitude 39 Degrees Pale Ale. Enjoy the view watching yachts sail down the Delaware River.
Would you like to have dinner on one of the oldest ships still afloat? Then you must visit the Moshulu. Docked on Penn’s Landing, the Moshulu has lots of history. It was built in the early 1900s by William Hamilton in Glasgow, Scotland and featured in the well-known movies Rocky and The Godfather Part II. In the present day, it is a fine restaurant with delicious dishes. Everyone deserves to splurge for an amazing dinner with the ones you love!
Next on the list is the Blue Cross River Rink. During the summer months from May to September be sure to stop by Summerfest for outdoor roller skating. After summer, the rink is converted into an ice-skating rink called Winterfest. Friends and families can partake in a fun afternoon of skating around the rink.
The next time you are in Philadelphia, make sure to stop by the Delaware River Waterfront. You will create many memories with your family and friends while exploring all the hot spots and local sights.
Know Before You Go
- Tasting a Philly Cheesesteak is a must! Local rival restaurants Geno’s Steaks and Pat’s King of Steaks are some of the best in the city.
- For art enthusiasts, the Mural Mile Walking Tour covers over 3,600 murals. Other museums offer Free Art Sundays on the first Sunday of each month.
- Immerse yourself in the history of the birth of the United States at Independence Hall.