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Penn's Landing

Penn's Landing
Penn's Landing

© Ben Demey

Named after Pennsylvania's founder William Penn, the Penn's Landing area is a bustling waterfront region of the city that is best enjoyed during the warm weather seasons. Framed to the East and West by the Delaware River and Front Street respectively, the ten blocks between Spring Garden and Washington Avenue are ideal for strolling, catching a cool breeze off the water, and admiring the flow of boat traffic.

Penn's Landing is lined by cobble stoned sidewalks, assorted statues and monuments, the Independence Seaport Museum, an outdoor music venue, and a Dave & Buster's restaurant and game room. The central entrance to the arena lies at the intersection of Chestnut Street and Christopher Columbus Boulevard, which provides pricey public parking and is heaped with historical maritime attractions, such as Moshulu, a massive barge constructed in 1904 by William Hamilton, now home to a floating restaurant and the award-winning Bongo Bar.

Nestled just beneath the Benjamin Franklin Bridge sits Festival Pier, a dock-like concert venue, where one can relax during humid summer months while attending various music festivals or cultural events. In the fall during the Philadelphia Phillie's World Series playoff games in 2008, away games were projected at this venue on giant outdoor screens, and locals could huddle around to watch for free. A few blocks away, at Market Street and Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia's only public outdoor ice skating site, the Blue Cross RiverRink, is open during the winter season. RiverLink ferries are also available here to provide transportation across the Delaware River to the Camden NJ Waterfront, home to the Adventure Aquarium.

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