All About the Waterfront

space-and-company-waterfrontBY JOE RIVERA (
Memorial Day marked the unofficial start of summer, and ,if you stayed in Philadelphia like I did, you may have enjoyed some of the great activities the city has to offer. Many Philly residents traditionally flock\ down the shore for some fun in the sand, but many others like the city summer fun. This year the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation, which manages Pennslanding, has given us a bigger and better waterfront with the second year of the Spruce Street Harbor Park. Located at Columbus Ave and Spruce Street, SSHP offers visitors an array of food stands including Jose Garces Chifa, Port Fednuts (Federal Doghnuts), Boardwalk Concessions, Distrito Food Truck and S.S. Franklin Fountain to cool you down. The harbor would not be complete without draft beers available at various locations, and new this year you can walk around the harbor with your beer on hand.
There is not a lack of things to do at SSHP with free giant games like connect four, chess and jenga. At the waters edge you can find bocce ball and Ping, shuffle board and ping pong. Colorful hammocks are sprinkled throughout, as well as adirondack chairs, which are perfect to people watch.
If all that wasn’t enough, Blue Cross River Rink has opened up with Summerfest. Roller-skating along the water is sure to be a new Philly tradition and The Lodge, which was a huge hit in the winter, is now transformed into a boathouse theme restaurant and venue. For those weekends when the shore is not a reality, know that Philadelphia has your back when it comes to keeping you entertained this summer.

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