Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Saturday in the Park

(Photo credits: DRWC/Matt Stanley)
Returning for a second summer season, Spruce Street Harbor Park at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia (Columbus Blvd. and Spruce St., 215-922-2386) is open now through September 27, seven days a week. The park is free and open to the public, with pay-as-you-go gluten-free food, drinks and games.

What you can do at Spruce Street Harbor Park:
  • Swing in a colorful hammock with a canopy of lights
  • Play free giant games like chess, connect four and Jenga
  • Bocce, shuffleboard and ping-pong all at the water's edge
  • Hang out in the newly designed arcade 
  • Listen to music and watch circus performers throughout the weekend
  • Cool off in one of the fountains
  • Sail a remote-controlled sail boat
  • Rent a kayak, canoe or swan boat through the Paddle Penn's Landing program
  • Take a scenic RiverLink Ferry ride to visit destinations on both sides of the river
What you can see at Spruce Street Harbor Park:
  • Barges with beautiful seating and nets suspended over the water
  • Floating gardens covered in native plants
  • A new planted meadow with perennials donated by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, thoughtfully repurposing the materials from  Sol LeWitt’s award-winning temporary installation Lines in Four Directions in Flowers 
  • A full boardwalk with arcades and concessions
  • Tons of hammocks
  • Nightly light shows
  • Monthly music shows

What you can eat at Spruce Street Harbor Park: (thanks to reader Heather H. for the tip!)
  • Sample fare from Jose Garces restaurant concepts Village Burger (gluten-free buns), Froman's (gluten-free hot dog buns) and Distrito Taco Truck (tacos) [allergen information]
  • Try an Ice Cream Sundae at the S.S. Franklin Fountain, a cargo container modified to resemble a battleship [allergen information]
  • Enjoy water ice at the boardwalk concession stand
  • A rotating list of summer cocktails
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