Philadelphia has a variety of parks, green spaces, and beer gardens during the warm months of the year. These outdoor experiences are one of our favorite parts about Philly in the summer. Spruce Street Harbor Park combines all of the best elements of these outdoor spaces. It’s one of our favorite places to go for a fun evening outdoors with the family. Their multi-colored hammocks, floating gardens, colored lights hanging from the trees, and delicious food and drinks make for an idyllic summer setting. Some of the reasons why our Philadelphia adoption agents love Spruce Street Harbor Park include:
Some of the best restaurants in the city have set up shop with casual stands in Spruce Street Harbor Park. We love enjoying outdoor dinners at the variety of establishments found here. We frequently return to the following stands:
Jose Garces has four different casual food options on the Barge and the boardwalk:
- Harborside Pizza
- Distrito Taco
- Village Burger
Garces is known as one of the best restaurateurs in Philadelphia, and these stands offer delicious and moderately-priced casual food.
Federal Donuts offers a variety of both classic and funky new donut flavors, along with some incredibly tasty fried chicken. We try not to go here too often for the sake of our waistlines, but it’s one of our favorites on the boardwalk.
There’s no better way to cap off a delicious summer meal outdoors than with a cone or bowl of ice cream. Franklin Fountain is one our favorite ice cream shops in Philly, and we were thrilled to discover that they have a location at Spruce Street Harbor Park.
The Oasis is one of the most picturesque areas of this beautiful park and summer garden. It features three landscaped barges, a net lounge, and floating gardens. You can lounge right over top of the water in one of their nets, which include debris liners to catch your keys, change, and cell phone if they fall out of your pockets. The beautiful floating gardens are made from non-toxic post-consumer plastic and help to clean the marina’s water.
The Boardwalk here is just as busy and entertaining as the one you’d find in Atlantic City. Swings and hammocks line the boardwalk, and you can enjoy some competitive fun by playing games like bocce ball, ping pong, and shuffleboard. If you walk all the way south, you’ll find some shipping containers that have been converted into an arcade, with games like Basket Fever, skeeball, air hockey, Ms. Pacman, and more.