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Philadelphia’s Pop Up Parks

May 1, 2019

Philadelphia is Pop-up City in Summer

Philadelphia’s variety and abundance of green spaces come alive from spring to fall with seasonal beer gardens and attractions that turn parks, streets and other lots into entertainment zones.

Spruce Street Harbor Park

Spruce Street Harbor Park is a one-of-a-kind urban oasis located in Penn’s Landing along the Delaware River waterfront. This seasonal, family-friendly park offers countless ways to unwind during the summer.

This pop-up park has over 50 hammocks hung throughout the park plus it even has 2 hammock lounges so you’ll find plenty of places to relax here. You’ll find loads of your favorite games along the boardwalk like shuffleboard, beanbag toss, and life-sized chess so find a partner and join in on a game. After playing games, you’ll want to grab a bite to eat at one of the famous food vendors such as Garces Group, or the SS Franklin Fountain and Sugar Shack. If you are looking for beer or cocktails, then check out the floating beer garden serving craft beer and cocktails. On weekends, you can hop aboard the Cruiser Olympia at Independence Seaport Museum and enjoy a beverage at the Admiral’s Tavern. You may even get to join in on a song or two with the crew.

The park takes on a magical vibe in the evening thanks to hundreds of multicolor LED lights strung above. Enjoy the attractions in the park through September 30, 2019.

Oval+ On the Parkway

The Oval photo by A. Yee

The Oval+, or what’s also called the “Park on the Parkway” provides eight acres of public space along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for outdoor fun for all-ages from Wednesdays through Sundays. The Oval+ has a seasonal beer garden that serves up cold beers and wine under a canopy of trees and festive lanterns. Plus, there is a rotating roster of food trucks so you’ll want to come hungry. During the day you can enjoy mini golf, outdoor yoga and a buzzing schedule of fun, family-friendly events from July 19 – August 18, 2019.

Parks on Tap

Photo by A. Yee for Parks on Tap.

Be on the lookout for Parks on Tap is a traveling beer garden, so check their website for the latest location. In addition to craft beers, this family-friendly park party features wine, snacks, and non-alcoholic drinks—plus comfy chairs and hammocks and games like Jenga and corn hole. So visitors and locals alike will be able to sit back and relax in this park. The program rotates between 23 locations around the city, including FDR Park in South Philadelphia and Strawberry Mansion Bridge. A portion of the proceeds benefits the city’s parks. Parks on Tap is open through September 29, 2019.

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s

Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Pop-Up Gardens take over 36th and Filbert streets in uCity Square and the corner of 15th and South streets in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood. Expect botanical-themed cocktails and a rotating selection of food from local restaurants. Through October 31, 2019.

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

Summerfest photo by M. Stanley for Delaware River Waterfront Corporation.

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest is Philadelphia’s premier outdoor skating rink. Along with skating, the park offers games, rides, and mini golf. Entrance to the park is free, and the rides and attractions are pay-as-you-go.

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