Urban Beach Bumming at Spruce Street Harbor Park

Last week my friend Michele and I spontaneously decided to check out Spruce Street Harbor Park. We had both heard of the pop-up park that was right on the river and sported a number of hammocks to lounge on. We both live in West Philly so we just hopped on the trolley, took the El to 2nd St and then walked down to Spruce. While walking we realized that this summer is the first time everyone in our friend group reached the legal drinking age, and thus, we have more options for exploring Philadelphia. There were so many cute bars along the walk to the park, and the park itself had an awesome local beer garden!

The park itself was small, but pleasant and impressive. There were lights strung through the canopy of the trees and dozens of hammocks. There was a beautiful floating garden, beach chairs, delicious-smelling food vendors, and free outdoor games. My personal favorite was a life sized chessboard–Michele and I double teamed on the cutest little kid who whopped both of our butts. We had a few drinks and enjoyed a free outdoor concert–there are free concerts at the park and at the skating rink every Thursday! The two bands that played were Song Dogs and John the Conqueror. Check out some of their music here and here.

However, the main attraction for Michele and I were the hammocks, and let me tell you, it was not in the stars for us to lounge about in the park under all those beautiful lights that day. We staked out the entire park, making rounds to swoop in on a hammock when a couple departed, but every time we moved from one area, someone else moved and grabbed a hammock we were spying on. It was so frustrating. Once, a little kid, probably around 6 years old, watched us wait for a couple to leave and looked us dead in the face as she hurried right in front of us to sit in the hammock and claim it. We laughed it off, but Michele and I literally spent at least 3 hours in the park with no luck in securing a hammock. Ah well….next time. All in all, it was a very enjoyable experience and I will definitely be returning to the park sometime soon.

Here are some pictures of the gorgeous park!

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