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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
Info on Entry Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest is FREE and open to the public. Roller skating is a ticketed activity with tickets that can be purchased in advance online or at the rink. $3 to skate $10 roller skate or roller blade rental All Independence Blue Cross Cardholders receive FREE skating admission. New to Summerfest this Season Chickie's and Pete's Waterfront Crabshack The 200-seat air-conditioned space features picnic tables, with paper table covering, crab pots, and beach-themed décor. This exciting new dining destination brings the authentic crab and seafood feast experience to the Philadelphia waterfront. Artful Golfer Mini-Golf Course A 9-hole mini-golf course located adjacent to the rink between the Waterfront Crabshack and Franklin Fountain. Each of the 9 mini-golf holes is being designed by a local artist who are donating their time and recycled materials to create this wonderful addition to Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest.
Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest
Winter Warming Cottages firepits!! Great food and beverages by Garces Group and Franklin Fountain The Lodge AT BLUE CROSS RIVERRINK WINTERFEST
- Cavanaugh's River Deck
- Chart House
Cherry Street Pier
Food and beverage offerings in the first phase will be offered in flexible spaces such as converted shipping containers and/or food trucks with picnic benches and movable tables and chairs. In later phases, these may be converted into a full-scale restaurant and bar. The Garage will be the programmatic heart of the pier. The First Phase will feature 14 rentable office/studio spaces in converted shipping containers, ranging in size from 160 to 480 square feet. Spaces will have flexible lease terms, increasing opportunities for participation. DRWC will solicit expressions of interest from artists and others interested in renting space in the Pier. Updates will be provided on the website, and interested parties can subscribe to a database to stay informed. A rotating selection of available market spaces will be available to rent for an afternoon, day, weekend, or longer period. Approximately 10,800 square feet of open floor plan will be available for large format art installations and performances. Tenants will have preferential access to market and exhibition spaces as well. Visitors will travel along the Pier’s central spine, through artist studios, market stalls, and art installations, and arrive at a space that is the first of its kind in Philadelphia: a public park which is the anchor of a new type of civic institution. By peeling the roof back, and leaving historic steel truces and stone masonry exposed, the Garden will not only be an open air park that offers visitors a distinctive perspective on the Delaware River, but it will also serve as a space to revel in this dramatic historic structure. With traditional park elements like benches, railings, planting beds, and trees, the Garden will certainly be a gathering space for all. DRWC envisions this gathering space as an activator for continued transformation of the Delaware River waterfront. The Pier’s potential as a collective space has been established with the hosting of the Fabric Workshop and Museum’s latest collaboration with renowned artist Ann Hamilton on her exhibition, habitus. Hamilton’s large-scale installation brought over 11,500 visitors to the waterfront during its five-week run, followed shortly thereafter by an exhibition of Jordan Griska’s multifaceted sculpture, Wreck, presented by Philadelphia Contemporary. DRWC is the developer of this project and is responsible for the concept for the space which they assembled a team of expert consultants to refine and execute. The team includes Groundswell Design Group, Interface Studio Architects, W.J. Castle Engineers and D3 Development. Construction will be managed by Scungio-Borst. DRWC anticipates construction to begin later this summer and opening the space to the public in the late spring or early summer of 2018. [object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]
- Coast Guard/First Navy Yard/Immigration port
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)
- Columbus Monument
- Dave and Busters
- Delaware River Trail
- Festival Pier
- Fillmore Philadelphia
- FringeArts Headquarters
- Gloria Dei (Old Swedes') Church
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
- 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, museums and more. Penn's Landing Marina is only steps away from Spruce Street Harbor Park Presented by Univest/Valley Green Bank, 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 and the RiverLink Water Taxis 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 Questions? Please call the Marina Office at (215) 928-8803. If we are not available, please leave a message and we will promptly return your call.
- Penn's Landing Market Street Parking Lot
- Penn's Landing Park
- Penn's Landing Walnut Street Parking Lot
- Penn Treaty Park
- Pier 24 Parking Lot
About Pier 68 Pier 68 was designed in response to DRWC’s long-term programmatic goals for the area and shaped by the community’s desires, which were shared in multiple public meetings beginning in February 2014. 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. Pier 68 was designed by Studio Bryan Hanes following public meetings hosted by DRWC. Other members of the design team include Digsau, Azavea, Anchor Consultants, Stantec, and TEND Landscape, Inc. Scungio-Borst provided construction management services. The park was built over a period of seven months by Bittenbender Construction and Hydro Marine Construction, both women-owned companies with a total construction budget of about $1.8 million. It is a model for how a non-profit can work with multiple private and public funding sources to finance public space. DRWC has multiple organizations to thank, including: Department of Conservation and Natural Resources ($500,000) William Penn Foundation ($450,000) City of Philadelphia ($325,000) Department of Community and Economic Development ($250,000) Walmart ($200,000) Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions for Communities Grant through the National Fish and Wildlife Service ($75,000) Importance of Waterfront Development & Pier 68 Pier 68 and Washington Avenue Pier serve as bookends to the southern portion of the Delaware River Trail. A recent land acquisition means that DRWC is one step away from building out the trail to its full specifications, including separate bike and pedestrian facilities, beautiful landscaping, and distinctive furnishings and lighting. Natural Lands Trust, the region’s oldest and largest land conservation organization, has played a critical role in helping to negotiate and acquire these parcels, and will continue to work with DRWC to acquire the final parcel and eventually create interpretive design and programmatic elements to enhance the entire southern section of the Waterfront. The final trail will not only connect the two parks in the south, but it will eventually span much of the Central Delaware River Waterfront, allowing residents to travel north-south along the Delaware River. The trail will connect with the East Coast Greenway and the Spring Garden Greenway, making it an integral part of The Circuit. Pier 68 also serves a community that has traditionally been cut off from the waterfront and creates a safe place for waterfront recreation. More coverage: On the Waterfront: Pier 68 Preview from Plan Philly Decked out on Pier 68 from Hidden City Philly's New Waterfront Park Pier 68 Opens Today from philly.com
- Pulaski Park
- 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 Riverfront Trail
- Southern Wetlands Park
- Spirit of Philadelphia
- Spring Garden Connector
Spruce Street Harbor Park
Hammocks and Fountains Over 50 colorful handmade hammocks are strung throughout the park to create a relaxing place to spend summer days and nights. New this year: TWO Hammock Lounges that can be reserved, featuring premium outdoor seating, standing hammocks, and scenic waterfront views for up to 20 people. Cool off with a quick splash in the fountains found throughout the park. 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. Boardwalk Arcade and Lawn Games Waterfront bocce, ping pong, and shuffleboard courts Bean bag toss, life sized chess and Connect Four, giant Jenga, and tetherball (all free!) Shipping containers along the boardwalk house Basket Fever skeeball, air hockey, claw crane games, Ms. Pacman, and two racing games.
- SugarHouse Casino
- Tugboat Jupiter
- Vietnam Memorial
- Vine Street Parking Lot
Washington Avenue Pier
Panoramic Views of the River at Washington Avenue Pier Washington Avenue Pier, formerly named Pier 53, is the newest greenspace that the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation has created on the Central Delaware. The pier park includes: Public access to the end of the pier with panoramic views of the river Amenities for passive recreation Places to touch the water Innovative ecological improvements which will provide environmental and habitat benefits A public art piece with spiral staircase called "Land Buoy," created by nationally-renowned Philadelphia artist Jody Pinto. [object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object] [object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object] [object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object] [object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]
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.
- Yards Brewery