I only have one complaint about the Spruce Street Harbor Park pop-up that opened this week at Penn’s Landing: It won’t last forever.
The Delaware River Waterfront has paired up with some of Philly’s most creative (Groundswell, Jose Garces) to turn boring Penn’s Landing into a place in which one actually wants to spend time. And while you might have heard about the beer and live music and sangria, Harbor Park is actually awesome for kids.
What to expect: This would be a great morning destination, because you can hang, then have lunch. It opens at 11 a.m., which gives you some time to ooh-and-aah at all the amazing landscaping, run through the misting trees, swing in a hammock and play some games. And there are a lot of games: bocce, shuffleboard, bean bag toss, oversized versions of Jenga and chess and Connect Four, tetherball, and then some boardwalk games in shipping containers like skeeball and air hockey. On Saturdays, Art Star hosts a mini version of their Craft Bazar where booths sell some of the super cute crafty things they sell throughout the year.
What to eat: Head out to the floating dock, which has suspended nets you lounge on, and chairs on sand. The food is from Garces — burgers, fries, a salad and desserts like ice cream sandwiches and root beer floats, plus craft beer and cocktails. (If your kid isn’t into short rib fries, there are other concessions like Nathan’s hot dogs.) Note, the Garces food and bar opens at 11 a.m. on weekends, but not till 4 p.m. during the week.
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