Penn's Landing is the Philadelphia equivalent of Baltimore's Inner Harbor, on a smaller scale. It runs along the west bank of ... More
Penn's Landing is the Philadelphia equivalent of Baltimore's Inner Harbor, on a smaller scale. It runs along the west bank of the Delaware River between Vine and South Streets. There's a berth for yachts band pleasure boats, daily tour boats and visiting tall ships. On the Great Plaza there are weekly street festivals and summer outdoor concerts. The Seaport Museum traces the history of one of the country's oldest ports. Take a ferry to the Aquarium across the Delaware River. At night, the view makes for a romantic walk, with the lights of the river and the sky accented by the dancing lights along the Ben Franklin Bridge. Just north and south of the landing are a series of nightclubs and restaurants on piers, including a Dave & Busters arcade and the Chart House restaurant. There's even an economical Comfort Inn. In winter, the Blue Cross Ice Rink is open from November through April.
Penn's landing was such a dirty nasty place that I'd rather spend my time picking up litter in a dump. I and my family saw trash floating on all levels of the river and the stench coming from either the river or the surroundings was unbearable. One only needs to go into Camden to find a more horrid place although it does not quite make us feel any better at either place know this was the birth place of our nation.
Penns Landing is one of the places left in this world where you can take your family, learn a lot about history, and not spend loads of money.
They have a submarine, a ferry, a ship, and much outdoor information and free programs. Take your kids and enjoy history at the right price.
I attended the Unity Day celebration on August 23rd. I must say it was nothing like the Unity Days in times past. It was just a gathering of fast foods and some local venues and mostly radio public relations.
In my opinion, Penn's Landing is losing its glamour from when it first opened. The maintenance is less than adequate. There are cracks in the cement, the water features are not sanitary, there are spots of grease or dirt all over the landing; and most of all, the bathroom facilities are just awful. I went to the ladies room and there is such a stench that I had to hold my breath. The doors could not be latched and the floor was dirty. Also, there was no decent paper towel holders. Just disgraceful. It just looks so unpresentable to a tourist. How can we let this happen to the city.
I used to live in the suburbs of Philadelphia and I would love to visit the city. It is not like it used to be. Please bring the city back to its grandeur of years ago. I am really embarrassed to bring someone into the city now.
Take care of this city at once. Please do not ignore this issue. Thank you.
Our family enjoyed the view from Penn's Landing watching the boats pass by, the incredible Ben Franklin bridge, the other toursit. It was a fun filled afternoon. The only draw back would be the $15.00 charge to park there. I thought that was a bit pricy.
I enjoyed Penn's Landing for the atmosphere, the Duck boats, and the ability to park right near the river.
The cost of parking was a little high, but if you wanted center city, you could easily walk in from the parking deck into whatever you wanted to see.
It is a shame that Philadelphia does not do more with the Delaware river waterfront. Penns Landing was dirty, filthy would be more appropriate with debris and trash everywhere, including the river. This is the same at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Parking is expensive starting at 10 bucks for a half hour, and 9 buckes to walk on the submarine. You compare this to Baltimores inner harbor and there is no comparison at all. Philadelphia, a great city, especially the historic district, the fine dining, but it lacks cleanliness. Be prepared for that.
A great place for a view of the Delaware River while taking a afternoon walk. You can visit Penn's Landing for free. You can also stop by and eat at one of the many restaurants. In winter, you can go to the ice skating rink. In summer, you can take the ferry from Penn's Landing to Camden to see such attractions as the Adventure Aquarium. Penn's Landing is easily accessible using public transportation or from one of the many affording parking facilities close by. I highly recommend visiting this attraction.
Penn's Landing provides visitors with a great view of the Delaware River, the Benjamin Franklin suspension bridge and New Jersey on the other side of the river. The Independence Seaport Museum is worth a visit while you are there, as admission includes the USS Olympia and the submarine USS Becuna. The USS Becuna gave me an insightful glimpse into how crammed the living condition in a submarine was. Hats off to the sailors who have to live here for months. If possible, go there on Sundays 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., as admission to the museum and the ships is free during these hours.
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