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Penn’s Landing – Philadelphia’s Hub for Year-Round Recreation

Since William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania, docked here in 1682, Penn’s Landing has been a location of ongoing historical significance and waterfront fellowship for Philadelphia’s residents and visitors.

Located in Center City along the Delaware River, this tree-lined riverfront recreation park offers family-friendly attractions and events all year long.

Here’s a short list of what to see and do at Penn’s Landing…

Penn’s Landing on the Waterfront

In the summer months, music lovers flock to Penn’s landing from all over the city every Friday night (and some Saturdays) to enjoy the free Summer Concert Series at the Great Plaza. In July and August, Philadelphians are treated ro free Screenings Under the Stars every Thursday night, when folks bring their blankets and chairs out to view a different film each week on the giant outdoor film screen. And throughout the summer, visitors can attend any one of many various festivals and celebrations taking place here.

During the winter months, come and play on the Olympic-sized Blue Cross RiverRink in view of the Delaware River and Benjamin Franklin Bridge. And to ring in the new year, Penn’s Landing hosts and annual celebration with Philadelphia’s largest fireworks display.

And don’t worry; there’s plenty more to do here in between the festivals, celebrations and annual events at Penn’s Landing. Here are some of the ‘permanent fixtures’ available for year-round fun and entertainment:

Festival Pier

One of the great waterfront concert venues of Philadelphia, the Festival Pier can accommodate some 8,000 visitors with both a large outdoor stage and a tented concert venue on the Delaware River in view of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.

The Great Plaza

Hosting outdoor concerts and festivals throughout the year, this location offers stunning panoramic views of the Delaware River, Benjamin Franklin Bridge and the beautiful Philadelphia skyline. The 5-level facility provides a large venue for year-round recreational events.

Independence Seaport Museum

A unique attraction where visitors can learn about Philadelphia’s heritage through gallery exhibits of art, artifacts and archival materials, interactive programming (on land and sea) and explorative River Tours. The World War II-era submarine USS Becuna and the Spanish-American War-era cruiser USS Olympia (C-6) are both moored here.

Other historic ships docked at Penn’s Landing include the barque Moshulu, (now a floating restaurant), the barquentine Gazela, and the tugboat Jupiter. Visitors can also ride the Freedom Ferry from Penn’s Landing out to view the battleship New Jersey.

International Sculpture Garden

Two acres of art and culture, featuring such displays as an obelisk which celebrates 500 years since Columbus’s arrival in America, a 16-ton, 8-foot -circumference monolithic stone Costa Rican Sphere, Canadian totem pole, Indian cow sculpture and bronze statue of William Penn.

RiverLink Ferry

Boarding in front of the Independence Seaport Museum at Penn’s Landing’s Great Plaza, this pleasant 12-minute ferry ride carries passengers across the Delaware River to Wiggins Park ferry terminal for access to locations on the Camden Waterfront.

Workshop on the Water

This facility, provided by the Independence Seaport Museum, is a fully operational boat building shop used for display and teaching purposes. Visitors can interact with boat builders as they work on various projects, and take hands-on classes from expert craftsmen.

There’s so much to see and do at Penn’s Landing on the Delaware Waterfront, you simply can’t do it all in one day. Come on out as often as you like to experience recreation, events, celebration, education, history, food & drink… and all manner of year-round fun!

Philadelphia Transportation to Penn’s Landing

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We are very familiar with all the traffic patterns and most reliable routes for traveling to our city’s various locations, and invite visitors to consider our car or limousine services when touring any of Philadelphia’s historic and recreational event sites. Even if you don’t have any immediate plans for touring the city, you can get an easy online rate quote with no obligation whatsoever, just to see how affordable it can be to experience the beauty of Philadelphia and the Delaware River waterfront – without having to do all the driving.

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