About a week ago, one of my close friends from Lancaster was interested in a visit to the Philadelphia area. I was really excited to see her, and the first place that I thought of that she would really enjoy is the Spruce Street Harbor Park which is located on Penn’s Landing on the Delaware Waterfront.
The park literally has everything, from food trucks, music, walking paths, fountains, museums, restrooms, and ample seating with hammocks to relax on. Sometimes they also have flea markets, concerts, and other outdoor activities as well, so you will want to check their calendar before you go.
In the past years, we personally have gone to various food festivals there, and one time they had a really neat historic boat festival where you could actually walk on them and a historian would tell you about its past. We are history geeks, so this was right up our ally! The whole atmosphere is absolutely gorgeous, and there are even colorful lights on the trees which makes this city area very retreat like.
Since Philadelphia is located right by the Delaware River, it has a strong connection to the sea, and many goods have been transported this way through the years into Pennsylvania. If you are interested in learning more about this, I highly recommend The Independence Seaport Museum which will go more in depth into this history. The USS Olympia is also part of the Seaport Museum, and originally served in World War 1. Another historical submarine, the Becuna, is also on the premises and served in World War 2.
There are so many food options at Penn’s Landing, and we did end up eating there for lunch. The food trucks are awesome and some spots that I recommend are French Toast Bites, Dre’s Water Ice and Ice Cream, and of course Philly Taco. Also, there is an amazing pizza shop right off the Waterfront called The Angelo Pizza which is absolutely delicious. They are located at 229 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106. When we went we ordered The Charlie Bananas, and it was so good! I highly recommend them and their pizza definitely hit the spot after a day of adventures in the city.
Spruce Street Harbor Park is such a fun way to learn about the history of the city, eat a variety of foods, relax, and enjoy fun outdoor activities for the whole family. It is a great place for a day trip, and whether you are from the city, or traveling to it, this location has everything. Let me know in the comments if you have also traveled to Penn’s Landing, and what you thought of the area as well! Make sure you click that subscribe button, and have a wonderful day!
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-For Additional Reading
If you are traveling to the Pennsylvania region, and are interested in learning about its history, a really amazing resource is the book “Pennsylvania A History of the Commonwealth” by which is edited by Randall M. Miller and William Pencak. It is so informative, and reviews the history of our state, in addition to the geography, architecture, archaeology, art history, and even stories of folklore and folklife that are specific to this area.
I personally recommend this book if you are planning a trip to Pennsylvania, or even if you are just interested in learning about the state in general. If you would like to check it out, click on the link below!