Penn’s Landing, with its dazzling views of the Delaware River and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, is one of Philly’s go-to summer hot spots for food, drinks, and play. A sprawling park with colorful lights and hammocks, spectacular cuisine, and roller skating, it has all the makings of your favorite hangout.



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For something new and fresh to do, head to the roller rink for some retro, old-time fun. The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation repurposes the popular Winterfest ice-skating destination in the warmer months into the aptly-named Summerfest, an outdoor riverfront destination. The ice-skating rink transforms into a roller skating one with a hockey-grade flooring system, and the cozy Winter Lodge becomes a beach-themed, crab shack hangout with food and bar service.


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Guests can grab classic summer eats like crabs, shrimp, and steamers, then go relax in the lounge chairs at the urban beach area overlooking the water. Sweet treats from the candy shop—like ice cream, cotton candy, popcorn and fudge—bring old school charm, and the arcade and new mini golf course provide fun for the whole family. Of course, don’t forget to lace up and try your moves on the rink—admission is only $3, and skate rentals are $10. Head to Summerfest, which opens on May 27th, for an afternoon or evening of skating, eating, and relaxing on the Delaware riverfront.



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Just a five-minute walk from the rink at Summerfest, Spruce Street Harbor Park is Philly’s not-so-hidden summer treasure. Free and open to the public, the park boasts a variety of areas and activities that come together as a bustling temporary village. Restaurants float on barges, a beer garden keeps drafts flowing, live entertainment provides the sounds, and thousands of LED lights create a kaleidoscope of colors across trees, umbrellas, and flowers. Visitors can relax in dozens of hammocks, stroll the boardwalk, or try their hand at bocce or shuffleboard.


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Besides the relaxing atmosphere, the food is the highlight of Spruce Street Harbor Park. Garces Group hosts a pop-up restaurant called “Chifa” that dishes out delectable Chinese-Peruvian options, like Asian-style barbecue spare ribs and pork belly bao buns. The S.S. Franklin Fountain, a cargo container outfitted to look like a battleship, serves up a mean ice cream waffle sandwich. Also, the fried chicken sandwich  at the Federal Donuts location, which was highlighted as one of our best sandwiches in Philly, returns again this year. Be sure to check out the many fantastic culinary options, grab a beer, and find a spot to unwind.

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