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There are always more new things to see and do at Adventure Aquarium, where families can explore, discover and play 365 days of the year. Adventure Aquarium has the largest collection of sharks on the East Coast and is conveniently located on the Delaware River, just minutes from Philadelphia. Come face to face with penguins, turtles, hippos and the only Great Hammerhead Shark on exhibit in the country! Experience free daily shows and up-close animal experiences all included in your Adventure Aquarium admission. Visit now to experience Dinosaurs of the Deep where guests will be immersed in the deep sea world of prehistoric marine reptiles delivered through innovative projection as well as living collection of creatures who managed to survive extinction. This limited time exhibit is your chance to discover and learn more about these amazing animals with an immersive, larger-than-life experience that will bring you face-to-face with more than 20 monsters of the deep. Along the way, visitors will witness life-sized species, ancient fossils, a coral reef teeming with prehistoric animals, interactive activities, and more, all included with General Admission. (Photo from the Adventure Aquarium) Parking Adventure Aquarium has parking lots located adjacent to the aquarium. [object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]
Battleship New Jersey
The Battleship New Jersey is America's most decorated Battleship. Learn what life was like as a sailor on the ship by strolling across forecastle, climbing the original ladders up to the bridge, stretching out on the bunks where the sailors slept and by climbing into the 16” gun turret. The "BB62" was built at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, and launched in 1942. She was brought back to Philadelphia in 1999, and was restored, opened and established as an educational museum and a tribute to the brave sailors who served on her during her long and distinguished career. The Battleship New Jersey opened as a Museum and Memorial in October 2001. Parking Parking is available in the Waterfront Garage located on Delaware Avenue. It's just a short trip from the Garage to the Battleship New Jersey. [object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]
Parking $25 and $20 lots per car. Lots are located at and near the facility. Public Transportation As an alternative to driving, you may want to take the Riverlink Ferry or NJ Transit's Riverline to the Camden Waterfront. [object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object] Policies General Rules Outside Food and Beverage Not Allowed For some shows, Low back beach chairs (9" or less) are allowed. For most shows, one sealed bottle of water is permitted ( one liter or less). Camera Policy: Personal cameras are allowed in the venue. Flash photography, video and removable lens cameras are not permitted without venue approval. Children Rules Concerts: Children under 2 years are free if they sit on a parent's lap. Family shows: all children over 1 year old need a ticket.
Ben Franklin Bridge
One of the nation's great bridges, and once the longest suspension bridge in the world, the Benjamin Franklin Bridge was designed by acclaimed architect and engineer Paul Cret (who also designed the Benjamin Franklin Parkway). The bridge was constructed in 1926 as the first span linking Philadelphia and Camden and today stands as an elegant centerpiece for the Central Delaware. Its dynamic lighting system was designed by the firm Venturi Scott-Brown in 1986 in commemoration of the bicentennial of the U.S. constitution. The bridge allows for crossings by car, transit by PATCO high-speed rail on a separate rail right-of-way, as well as a popular pedestrian and bike way. The bridge is managed by the Delaware River Port Authority.
- Ben Franklin Yacht
Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest
Chickie's and Pete's Waterfront Crabshack Franklin Fountain Confectionery Cabin
- Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest
- Chart House
Cherry Street Pier
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Columbia Avenue Connector
A collaborative effort by DRWC, New Kensington CDC, PennDOT and the Philadelphia Water Department has led to exciting plans for Columbia Avenue in Fishtown, a key connector street to Penn Treaty Park. As part of the Girard Avenue Interchange Rebuild (GIR), PennDOT will implement new streetscaping including lighting, street trees and rain gardens, and incorporate public art into the overpass rebuild. The public art includes sculptures of a wolf, turkey and turtles in honor of the Lenni Lenape Native American tribe. The art was designed by artist Donald Lipski and will be cast locally. (Image rendering by Studio Bryan Hanes/Donald Lipski)
- Dave and Busters
- Delaware River Trail
- Festival Pier
- Fillmore Philadelphia
- FringeArts Headquarters
Great Plaza at Penn's Landing
Great Plaza at Penn's Landing Features Panoramic views of the Philadelphia skyline, the Delaware River, and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge Unique waterfront ambiance for events that is unrivaled in the Philadelphia region Five tiered levels of various sizes that can accommodate equipment such as stages, tents, seating, and food concession areas Large public parking areas are conveniently located adjacent to the event space Two public restrooms located on-site Private backstage area with dressing rooms, a small on-site office area, and a private parking area. The Great Plaza parking areas can also be used as additional event space.
Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing
Enjoy the beautiful waterfront of Philadelphia at the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing. Our hotel features excellent dining outlets, stylish event venues, spacious and comfortable accommodations, all coupled with impeccable service. Here are just a few of the ways you can enjoy your stay: Relax in one of our spacious guest rooms or suites featuring scenic views of the city and the waterfront. Explore the best of Philadelphia attractions including, the Liberty Bell Center, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Valley Forge and so much more. Revitalize yourself with a visit to our hotel pool and take in panoramic views of the Delaware River and Philadelphia Skyline. Indulge your palette at one of our dining outlets where you’ll feast on deliciously crafted culinary options. Host your next meeting or special event in one of our flexible event venues and let our expert staff help to create your vision. We offer easy access to the best of Philadelphia while being surrounded by panoramic views of the city. Our waterfront hotel is the perfect place to stay to experience all Philadelphia has to offer. Whether it’s business or pleasure, make your reservations at the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing.
- Holiday Inn Express
- Independence Seaport Museum
- Irish/Scottish memorial
- Korean War Memorial
- La Peg
- Market Street Dog Run
Market Street Parking Lot
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- Morgan's Pier
Penn's Landing Marina
DOCK AT PENN'S LANDING MARINA The Penn's Landing Marina is located between Lombard Circle and Dock Street at 301 S. Columbus Boulevard, in the heart of the Philadelphia Waterfront. Docked at the Marina, you will be in walking distance of Center City, the Historic District, South Street, tons of restaurants, theaters, museum and more. Penn's Landing Marina is only steps away from Spruce Street Harbor Park Sustained by Univest, a pop-up park and beer garden which features food, drinks, entertainment and a game room for visitors of all ages. The Marina is mere blocks from popular entertainment venue, the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, and Blue Cross RiverRink. The Marina houses the Moshulu restaurant and sits adjacent to the Independence Seaport Museum, the Hilton Philadelphia Penn's Landing and the Chart House restaurant. The Marina is Perfect for: Boat visits Canoe, kayak and swan boat rentals as part of the Paddle Penn's Landing Program Scenic water tours on the Spirit of Philadelphia, Patriot Harbor Lines, SailTime Philadelphia and the RiverLink Ferry Recent Improvements Include: Dredging to accommodate boats up to 6 ½ feet depth New floating finger docks 34 slips Accommodations for boats ranging from 19 to 150 feet. New Water Lines Electricity for 30, 50 and 100 amps Free Wi-Fi internet access ADA Accessibility 24-hour roving security on site If the Penn's Landing Marina is full, please visit us at the Pier 5 Marina.
- Penn's Landing Park
- Penn Treaty Park
- Pier 24 Parking Lot
- Pier 5 Marina
Design elements include: An Entrance Deck with whimsical painted poles and repurposed maritime bollards to create a distinctive gateway for the pier. Located just off the future trail extension, this space serves as a resting spot for those using the trail and as a place where shopping center visitors can quickly experience the Pier Park. A Tree Canopy that begins to conceal the parking lot and traffic to the west. These trees serve as a threshold, marking that visitors have crossed into a new environment. Along the southern edge of the pier, visitors will find a number of picnic tables which can be used for casual meals or table-top games. The Aquatic Cut, 4.5’ deep cut into the pier surface allows water to filter up through the lower wood deck to reveal the semidiurnal tidal activity of the Delaware River. Filled with native, aquatic plants, this space will be a focal point for educators and curious visitors, creating a microcosm of the Delaware River’s pre-industrial ecology. The end of the pier features an Angled Lawn for lounging and sun-bathing. With proximity to the water and restored concrete paving, the Water-Side Walk and the open Pier Terminus supports a variety of events and activities such as recreational fishing or gathering to watch holiday fireworks. Custom-designed wave-shaped benches create a unique and distinctive park element that visitors will remember long after they’ve left.
- Race Street Connector
Race Street Pier
Relax and unwind at Race Street Pier on the Delaware River Waterfront The park provides soaring views of the Ben Franklin Bridge and the wide expanse of the river. Sit on the terraced promenade and watch runners and trains pass by overhead, listen to Duck Boats splash into the water, and gaze out as the barges float slowly past. The Pier is picnic-friendly, with a spacious lawn and manicured plantings, providing a vegetated park suspended over the river. On some nights, stay and watch musicians, outdoor movies, or one of the summer fireworks displays. History of Race Street Pier The new Race Street Pier opened on May 12, 2011 as the first new public space of its kind to be realized as part of DRWC’s ambitious new Master Plan for the Central Delaware River Waterfront. Formerly Municipal Pier 11, the pier was renamed as the Race Street Pier to further reinforce its relationship to the City and reinstate its historic name. Construction of the original Race Street Pier began in 1896 including a large building built on two levels to serve different functions; the lower level for shipping and the upper level for recreation. As a nod to its past, the physical design of the new pier is split into two levels – an upper level with a grand sky promenade and a lower level for passive recreation and social gathering. A dramatic ramp rises twelve feet into the air along the north face of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, dramatizing the sense of arriving in the space of the river through a forced one-point perspective and allowing for rare views back to the City. A sun-filled lower terrace supports a multi-purpose lawn, planting beds and seating. The two levels are linked by a generous seating terrace that wraps around the end of the pier and amplifies the sense of magic associated with being on the edge. Race Street Pier is an integral part of a series of open space improvements proposed every half mile along the central Delaware as part of the new Master Plan for the Central Delaware. Funding for new park has been provided by The City of Philadelphia, The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, William Penn Foundation, The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (Coastal Zone Management) and a challenge grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts. FACTS ABOUT THE PIER The 37 large caliper Swamp White Oak (Quercus bicolor) trees were cultivated for four years at a nursery in Millstone, N.J for the World Trade Center Memorial at Ground Zero in New York City. Almost 10,250 individual 4 inch plots of shade tolerant grasses and perennials were planted in weathered steel planters to increase diversity and add texture, color and seasonal interest. The park’s setting under the Ben Franklin Bridge is spectacular at night; therefore the park was designed to be enjoyed in the evening as well as during the day with extensive lighting including 200 LED Solar Light Blocks embedded into the paving The paving on the upper level ramp is Trex, a sustainable synthetic decking material made out of reclaimed plastic and wood, representing one of the largest public installations of Trex decking in the country. The perimeter railing leans at a 65 degree angle towards the pier, further accentuating the forced one-point perspective of the ramp rising along the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. Lights are incorporated into railing on the lower level. Tiered seating terraces link the upper and lower levels and create a destination at the end of the pier for viewing, gathering, and contemplation. Two wharf-drops on the lower level originally used to unload cargo for shipping were retrofitted and integrated into the new park. They are covered with transparent metal grating and a portion of one has been left open for users to experience the river in an unusual and authentic way. Over 2,015 cubic yards of geofoam were used to form the sky promenade on the upper level. The Delaware River is tidal, fluctuating an average of six feet in elevation a day. At mean high water level, the lower level of the pier will be approximately 4.5 feet above the river, making the Race Street Pier one of rare places where you can get close to the water. The Race Street Pier is also a tidal register, where you can find out the forecast for high and low tides for the City of Philadelphia.
Attractions Adventure Aquarium Battleship NJ BB&T Pavilion (formerly Susquehanna Bank Center) Independence Seaport Museum Spruce Street Harbor Park presented by Univest/Valley Green Bank Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest and more! Concert and Special Event Service Ferry service for concerts and special events runs approximately 2 hours prior to the event, throughout, and up to ½ hour after the event ends. The ferry will not leave people who are waiting in line at the dock after the concert to ride the ferry. Concert and Special Event pricing applies. Scenic Weekend River Tours on the WaterLink Shuttles Enjoy a trip along the Delaware River in one of three 22 passenger water shuttles on weekends from May 28 until September 4, including holidays. Click here for more information.
- Sheraton Society Hill
- South Street Pedestrian Bridge Parking Lot
- Southern Wetlands Park
- Spirit of Philadelphia
Spring Garden Connector
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Spruce Street Harbor Park Sustained by Univest
Hammocks Over 50 colorful handmade hammocks are strung throughout the park to create a relaxing place to spend summer days and nights. TWO Hammock Lounges that can be reserved, featuring premium outdoor seating, standing hammocks, and scenic waterfront views for up to 20 people. The Oasis Located in the Marina at Penn’s Landing, the Oasis consists of three landscaped barges, a net lounge, and floating gardens. The barges feature an ADA-compliant boardwalk, beautiful raw metal railings, and tons of seating. The cantilevered net lounge, inspired by Caribbean resorts, is a place where visitors can relax while suspended 4 feet above the water. Don’t worry, debris liners are in place to catch keys, change and cell phones! The floating gardens are constructed from a durable, non-toxic post-consumer plastic, and used around the country for wetland restoration. Not only are they aesthetically beautiful, but they are also serve to clean the water in the marina. the boardwalk The Boardwalk at Spruce Street Harbor Park is lined with swings, hammocks, bocce courts, ping pong, suffleboard, and hammock lounges. At the Southern end of the boardwalk, shipping containers have been converted into an arcade with Basket Fever skeeball, air hockey, claw crane games, Ms. Pacman, and two racing games. lights, lights, lights The park is lit throughout the night with its own unique series of hanging lights that slowly change color and sparkle. They turn the park into a magical destination at night. food and beverages The park caters to the whole family. Vendors include: Garces Group serving up a wide variety of food at Harborside Pizza, Froman's, Village Burger and Distrito Chickie's and Pete's outpost selling its popular Crabfries and cheesteaks The SS Franklin Fountain and Sugar Shack serving premium ice cream, sundaes, and shaved ice Frozen Delights offering up classic boardwalk foods like hot dogs and funnel cakes Spruce Street Harbor Park has also won awards for being Philly's best beer garden, with three bars serving a over fifteen local beers, draft cocktails and wine.
- SugarHouse Casino
- Tugboat Jupiter
- Vietnam Memorial
- Vine Street Parking Lot
Walnut Street Parking Lot
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Washington Avenue Pier
Panoramic Views of the River at Washington Avenue Pier Washington Avenue Pier, formerly named Pier 53, is one of the newest greenspaces that the DRWC has created on the Central Delaware. The design of the park honors its evolving role on the waterfront from shipbuilding center to port-of-entry to naturalized finger pier, providing the following features to visitors: Panoramic views of the Delaware River, Center City and the Benjamin Franklin and Walt Whitman bridges An on-grade path allowing visitors to reach the tip of the pier and touch the water An elevated boardwalk allowing visitors to pass over wetland habitat below “Land Buoy,” a striking 55’ spire by artist Jody Pinto that allows visitors to climb a 16’ spiral staircase to a platform that allows for views up and down the river. The Land Buoy also emits a soft blue light, acting as a beacon and an invitation, and recalling the pier’s history as Philadelphia’s immigration station. Ecological enhancements including intertidal and riparian plantings, and innovative stabilization methods Sensitivity to the historical context by repurposing some of the materials of the site (both natural and man-made) into new park elements, including furnishings and a gateway marker at the intersection of Columbus Boulevard and Washington Avenue announcing the entry point to the park. Interpretive signage relating the site’s history as the nation’s first navy yard and an immigration station where over 1 million entered the US.
Wood Street Steps
The Wood Street Steps are the last remnant of a series of public staircases mandated by William Penn to ensure public access to the waterfront through a compromise with landowners in 1694. The steps are a symbol of the tremendous city planning history in Philadelphia, as well as a reminder that the Delaware River's bank once reached Water St. at this location.