Philadelphia's Seasonal Parks

Spruce Street Harbor Park on the Delaware River waterfront.

Philadelphia has great parks. On any given day, city residents or visitors can be found eating lunch in Rittenhouse Square in the heart of Center City, playing baseball in Fairmount Park, or taking in the views along the Schuylkill River recreational trails. Philadelphia’s variety and abundance of green spaces are treasured by locals and guests and while the parks are enjoyed all year round, once the weather starts to warm up, things really get special. Pop up parks, and outdoor seasonal recreational options create a buzz in the city as the winter melts away.

  • Spruce Street Harbor Park
    • Spruce Street Harbor Park, located in the Marina at Penn’s Landing, is an urban beach on the Delaware River, and has become one of the most popular summer destinations for residents and visitors alike. The waterfront views are stellar, and floating gardens, and bright beautiful lights add to the magical, summer feel that the park creates. And what urban beach would be complete without hammocks? There is no better way to relax on a summer day in the city than on one of Spruce Street Harbor park’s over 50 handmade, bright colored hammocks, many suspended over the waters of the Delaware.  SSHP has a variety of food options, from offerings of local Philadelphia restaurants to more traditional boardwalk foods such as hot dogs, ice cream and funnel cakes. The park also hosts one of most talked-about beer gardens in the city, serving more than 15 local beers and a variety of cocktails and wine. 
  • Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest
    • The Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest is back for its fourth season as 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.
  • The Oval
    • Located in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Oval is eight acres of public space located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Each year, the space is transformed into an urban oasis with interactive games, special events, live music, movie nights, performances and workshops, as well as a rotating line-up of food trucks and a beautiful beer garden. Opens July 20, 2018.



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