Named in honor of William Penn’s historic landing in Philadelphia in 1682,
hosts events, attractions and entertainment all year long.
The area along the Delaware River waterfront is home to year-round attractions like Independence Seaport Museum; stunning open spaces like Cherry Street Pier and Race Street Pier; and restaurants like the Moshulu.
Perhaps most notably, Penn’s Landing is home to some of the city’s most popular seasonal parks, including Spruce Street Harbor Park and Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest and Summerfest.
Plus, throughout the year, happenings and events like farmers markets, concerts, art exhibitions and more take place throughout the spaces at Penn’s Landing.
Tying everything together: stellar views of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, the Delaware River and the Camden waterfront across the river in New Jersey.
Once a series of dilapidated piers and underutilized public spaces, Philadelphia’s Delaware River waterfront has undergone a number of thrilling developments in the 21st century on its way to becoming one of the most exciting spots in the city for residents and visitors.
This reclaimed space — which runs the length of
along the waterfront — always has something fun going on, including festivals, concerts, beer gardens, yoga, roller-skating and ice-skating.
Set on the shores of the Delaware River Waterfront, Penn’s Landing offers a seemingly endless array of ways to enjoy Philadelphia’s riverfront.
Race Street Pier
features two levels for recreation, a multi-tiered seating area for watching the tide roll in, free seasonal yoga and — of course — absolutely transcendent views of the Delaware River and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.
Located just next door,
Cherry Street Pier
— opened in 2018 — is an indoor-outdoor mixed-use public space, home to artist studios, a marketplace, and alfresco food and beverage purveyors, including
All year long, the
Independence Seaport Museum
provides an interactive and educational glimpse into Philadelphia’s rich seafaring heritage. Permanent exhibits like the Workshop on the Water and the warships Olympia and Becuna bring the past and present to life. Visitors looking to get their sea legs can rent paddle boats, swan boats and kayaks.
Housed within a historic former pumping station beneath the Benjamin Franklin Bridge,
’ 300-seat theatre hosts concerts, theater performances and special events. Exposed brick walls, high ceilings and large windows preserve the original character of the building and provide the backdrop for a wide range of performances.
In the summer,
Spruce Street Harbor Park
draws thousands of residents and visitors with features like a beer garden, food stands, colorful hammocks and carnival-style games. The urban oasis also hosts fun-filled festivals and alfresco concerts of all musical genres.
A few steps away,
Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest
delights guests with roller skating, a boathouse-style lodge and carnival rides.
In the colder months, the site transforms into
, with an Olympic-sized ice skating rink, outdoor fire pits, delectable bites and holiday lights.
On the shores of the Delaware River, the
Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing
is the only waterfront hotel in the city. The property boasts an indoor swimming pool, on-site dining at Keating’s Rope & Anchor Bar + Kitchen, a fitness room and more. Pro tip: Bring a lock to add to the
Philadelphia Hope Fence
, which runs along the exterior of the hotel.
An anchored historic ship houses one of the city’s most unusual dining experiences.
’s seafood-centric menu includes options like tuna tartare, lobster bisque and Spanish octopus, along with crowdpleasers like filet mignon and roasted chicken, while the bar serves sushi, small bites and shareable plates. Visitors can also chill at the outdoor bar at the
, serving up small plates, chilled seafood and more.
More on the Waterfront
The Delaware River — which flows south past Bucks, Philadelphia and Delaware counties on its way to Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean — offers lots of waterfront fun beyond Penn’s Landing as well.
That includes can’t-miss riverside attractions (
); drinking and dining with a river view (
); and things to do in the countryside, including gorgeous
Washington Crossing State Park
professional soccer games and more.
Click the button below for our guide to things to do on the Delaware River waterfront in Philadelphia and the Countryside.