Spruce Street Harbor Park is an oasis from the hecticness of city life, located at the Marina at Penn’s Landing. Spruce Street Harbor Park, commonly referred to as SSHP, allows for Philadelphians to experience a boardwalk atmosphere without leaving the city! Presenting itself as a feel-good, relaxing space for locals and visitors alike.
Offering vibrantly colored hammocks to relax, a cantilevered net lounge where loungers are suspended over the Marina, and various other seating to enjoy the views of the Marina or the floating gardens.
Amplifying the boardwalk feel, Spruce Street Harbor Park equips the area with free games for all to enjoy. Some of which include: ping pong, shuffleboard, Life size Chess, Connect Four and a variety of other games. SSHP is a place to unwind and enjoy the Summer. Beginning this Thursday, June 1st, SSHP presents Waterfront Sessions — free live music every Thursday for the remainder of the Summer. Musicians play from 6:30 to 9:30 pm.
Opening up Waterfront Sessions are two local bands: STRAW HATS and The Retinas. STRAW HATS rummaged through Philadelphia’s streets finding instruments that comprise a complete drum set, bass and guitar. With newfound instruments, these three young vigilantes turned in their lives of crime fighting for melody filled futures my making music!
The Retinas are self-defined as “garagepunkfastslowmoodyblueredsoulnostalgia”. Finding influences through Flying Fish, Victory, PBR, Jameson, to name a few, The Retinas offer a punk-indie sounds.
If the night still seems incomplete despite STRAW HATS and The Retinas’s killer performances, check out The Franklin Fountain for a sweet ending to another successful Thursday night spent at SSHP. The Franklin Fountain serves delicious ice cream, soft serve ice cream and milkshakes out of two locations at SSHP: S.S. Fountain Fountain or Franklin Sugar Shack.