Thursday May 24
Spend your Memorial Day Weekend in Philadelphia for five days of waterfront festivities, ship tours, and sailing excursions on the Delaware River as tall ships from U.S. and international ports dock at Independence Seaport Museum and Penn’s Landing.

Don’t miss the opportunity to view these majestic ships and create your own sailing adventure — on land, on deck, or on water.

Details and information will be available in the coming weeks, but you can begin planning your Memorial Day Weekend in Philadelphia.

Schedule of Events (times subject to change):
Thursday, May 24
Afternoon (times TBD) – Parade of Sail: Tall ships arrive into port

Friday, May 25 — Monday, May 28
11 am — 7 pm – Waterfront Festival
Noon — 7 pm – Ship Tours
Day & Twilight – Sail Aways on the Delaware River

Find more information in the coming weeks at

Head to Ticketfly to book your Ship Tours and Sail Away Cruises now. Tickets are timed to minimize wait times and maximize your experience, so be sure to plot your course in advance. As an added bonus, admission to both the Waterfront Festival and Independence Seaport Museum is included with each Tour or Cruise ticket purchase, allowing you to view these majestic tall ships on land, on deck, and on water.

Timed Ship Tours & Early Entry Ship Tours:
Climb aboard for self-guided tours of one or more tall ships. Ship tours are available Friday, May 25 through Monday, May 28. A tip from the crew: allow an average of 30 minutes per ship visit and an hour between each timed ticket to ensure smooth festival sailing.

For the seasoned sailor, purchase limited edition Early Entry tickets to beat the crowds and tour tall ships with fewer people and more time to explore between 11 am and noon prior to general boarding. Your Early Entry ticket also includes non-timed entry on all touring ships for the rest of the day.

Get Ship Tour Tickets Here:

Sail Away Cruises:
All hands on deck for an immersive 90-minute Day Sail or 120-minute Twilight Sail on select tall ships Friday through Monday. Twilight Sails include a complimentary glass of wine and snacks. Parade of Sail tickets (Thursday, May 24 only) include an exclusive three-hour experience on the water with views of the arriving ships and the special opportunity to participate in the Parade.

Get Sail Away Cruise Tickets Here: 
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SEPTA Bus Routes 21 & 42 stop at The Great Plaza at Penn's Landing and Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest at the Chestnut Street turnaround. Routes 17, 33, & 48 stop at Front and Market Streets. Route 12 stops directly at Spruce Street Harbor Park Presented by Univest/Valley Green Bank at Columbus Blvd and Dock Street. Route 25 runs along Columbus Blvd. 

Take the SEPTA Market-Frankford Elevated Line (the Blue line) to the Second Street Stop. From there, head East over the Market Street Bridge. The Blue Cross RiverRink and Great Plaza at Penn's Landing will be straight ahead. 
The Philly Phlash is the quick, inexpensive, easy connection to key destinations throughout Center City, Philadelphia. Hop on and off at 20 stops for easy and convenient access to the city's most popular sites, including Penn’s Landing, the Philadelphia Zoo, Please Touch Museum, Eastern State Penitentiary and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.  Click here for the full list of stops or visit for tickets and more info. Runs seasonally. 
The RiverLink Ferry stops at Columbus Blvd and Walnut Street, next to the Independence Seaport Museum and next to the Adventure Aquarium in Camden. The RiverLink Ferry runs on a regular schedule May 22 - Labor Day, seven days a week with expanded service during peak times and festivals. Please check the website for more information. Runs seasonally.
Bike parking is located along the waterfront with a large corral located at Spruce Street Harbor Park Presented by Univest/Valley Green Bank. 
Philly's bike share program, Indego, has four easy-access stations within walking distance. These include: The Race Street Pier (190 N Christopher Columbus Blvd), 2nd and Market (215 Market St.), Welcome Park NPS (191 S. 2nd St.), and Foglietta Plaza 3 Dock St.
Take I-95 South to Exit 20 (Columbus Boulevard/ Washington Avenue). Exit to left, stay in left lane, and make a left at the end of the ramp onto Columbus Boulevard. The Residences at Dockside will be on your right. Remain straight for approximately ½ mile. Enter Great Plaza parking lot on right at Walnut Street or Market Street (Blue Cross RiverRink). 

Take I-95 North to Exit 20 (Columbus Boulevard/Washington Avenue/Penn’s Landing). At the end of the ramp, make a left onto Columbus Boulevard.  Remain straight for approximately 1 mile. Enter Great Plaza parking lot on right at Walnut Street or Market Street (Blue Cross RiverRink). 

From Ben Franklin Bridge Stay in the right lane. At the end of the bridge, make a quick right on the 5th Street Exit. Follow 5th Street to Spring Garden Street, and make a right. Follow Spring Garden Street 5 blocks to Columbus Boulevard. Continue another ¼ mile and the Great Plaza will be on your left. Enter on left at Market Street (Penn’s Landing) or Walnut Street.

Take 76 East to the Central Philadelphia Exit (676 East/Vine Street Expressway Exit). Follow  676 East to 95 South (Chester/ Philadelphia Int’l Airport). Follow 95 South to Exit 20 (Columbus Boulevard/Washington Avenue). Follow directions from the north.


Columbus Blvd and Market St.

Open 24 hrs 
Contact: 215-928-8807 or 267-228-1974

Buses, limos, and oversized vehicles: $40
Columbus Blvd and Walnut St.
Open 24 hrs 
Contact: 215-928-8807 or 267-228-1974
Buses, limos, and oversized vehicles: $40