It’s back! Spruce St. Harbor Park, one of our very favorite Philadelphia summer pop-ups has opened for the summer! It is – hands down – my very favorite place to take the family on a Friday or Saturday night.
Ready to loosen that tie, Mike?
Mike and I can have a drink, the kids can…well.
shoes: Tieks in Unmellow Yellow
And after dinner? Franklin Fountain (arguably Philly’s best ice cream) has a food truck right on the boardwalk.
Don’t miss the ice-cream sandwich: the ice-cream is served between two fluffy and warm(!!) homemade waffles. I DIE.
There’s also hammocks to swing in, games to be played (they have a giant lego building set and bean bag toss games), fountains to cool off in, and seriously good people watching. It’s one of those magical places where kids and adults alike never want the night to end.
What To Know Before You Go
1. Go early to get seats on the water
To get the prime spots (the nets over the water, beach chairs with river view….or even a hammock in the park) you’ll want to get there a bit early, or be prepared to wait. Friday at 5, Saturday at 3 seems to work out *most* of the time. (no promises!)
2. Kid-Friendly dining requires some strategy on your part.
Compared to last year, Spruce Harbor Park has changed the food scene pretty drastically. Instead of burgers and fries inside the barge, it’s now cold thai noodles and Bao Buns. Which is great for date night, but my kids were starving. The only kid-friendly dining option was Froman’s on the Boardwalk – gourmet hot dogs, pretzels, fries and chicken fingers. It makes dining a little pricier than last year, and since Froman’s has the only kid-friendly fare around, they had sold out of chicken fingers by 6:30 (hopefully they’re stocking more). But the really annoying part is that you have to leave the barge to get the food. Luckily, they allow you to walk back into the barge with food, but I was held up at the gate – holding a tray of food for four people – for almost 5 minutes waiting to get back in.
So. Next time, I think Mike and I will split up – one person angles for seats, one person gets in line at the outdoor food truck. We’ll see.
3. Don’t miss Franklin Fountain’s ice-cream sandwich.
I already talked about this but WARM, SOFT WAFFLES. I mean seriously.
4. Cold people, bring a sweater.
If you’re on the water, it’s cold at night. At least for ME. It’s crazy – in the hammock garden I’ll be sweating, but once we get those seats on the water….brrrr. (Mike totally disagrees but whatever.)
Despite the tricky eating situation and the crowds (I mean this IS a big city, after all), Spruce Harbor Park remains one of our top picks for summer fun in Philadelphia.