Apr 15

Independence Seaport Museum Celebrates Summer Fun on the Delaware River

Independence Seaport Museum, the Philadelphia region’s leading waterways institute, welcomes summer with a lineup of exciting programming and activities for visitors of all ages. The Museum is bringing back Paddle Penn’s Landing, the award-winning Seaport Summer Camp and Kayak Excursions. Admiral’s Tavern, the 21+ pop-up beer garden aboard Cruiser Olympia, will also open for its third season.

The fun will kick off with the opening of Paddle Penn’s Landing on May 3rd and continue through the last weekend of Admiral’s Tavern on September 29th. Corresponding photos are available via Dropbox.

Paddle Penn’s Landing

Opening May 3

Paddle your way around the Penn’s Landing basin in a kayak, rowboat, swan, dragon, flamingo, or rubber duck boat for the perfect outdoor recreational activity. Located near Spruce Street Harbor Park and the Hilton Penn’s Landing, Paddle Penn’s Landing is a unique afternoon adventure with family and friends or a memorable date with your sweetheart on the Delaware River. To find out more about hours and ticket prices, visit phillyseaport.org/paddle.

Admiral’s Tavern

Opening May 10

Kick back on summer nights with stunning views of the Ben Franklin Bridge and a cold drink in hand, all while aboard the oldest steel warship afloat in the world and the most historic ship in Philadelphia. The Admiral’s Tavern beer garden is popping up again on Cruiser Olympia at Independence Seaport Museum, so gather your crew for drinks, snacks, fun, and games.

The beer garden is open every Friday and Saturday from May 10 through the end of September. Admission is 21+. To learn more about Admiral’s Tavern, visit phillyseaport.org/admiralstavern.

Kayak Excursions

May 19 – September 28 (Select Dates)

Join Independence Seaport Museum for exciting kayaking adventures on the Delaware River and beyond. Excursions are a unique way to spend a Saturday or a new alternative to happy hour. Take in the city from a different perspective — on the water — with these fun recreational outings to Graffiti Pier, Three Sisters Shipwreck and Petty’s Island. For more information on tour sites and dates, visit http://www.phillyseaport.org/kayaking. The Walnut2Walnut River Challenge will also take place this year on September 21.

 Submarine Becuna’s 75th Birthday Bash

May 23 – May 27

Dust off your party hats and noisemakers, it’s time to celebrate Submarine Becuna’s 75th birthday all Memorial Day Weekend long. Help Independence Seaport Museum make sure “Becky” has the best birthday yet by visiting the Museum to sign a birthday card, have some birthday cake and much more!  Special programming and birthday deals will be offered throughout the weekend.  Guests visiting on Saturday, May 25th can enjoy a special ceremony to honor Submarine Becuna. For more information on the birthday festivities, visit http://phillyseaport.org/becuna75.

Extended Hours for National Historic Landmark Ships

Starting May 23

Get great views of the Delaware River and first-hand experience of what life was like aboard Independence Seaport Museum’s two National Historic Landmark ships, Cruiser Olympia and Submarine Becuna, with late night hours.  From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the ships will be open from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays (with last boarding at 6:15 p.m.).  To learn more about Cruiser Olympia and Submarine Becuna, visit http://phillyseaport.org/olympia and http://phillyseaport.org/becuna.  For pricing and hours of operation, visit http://phillyseaport.org/visit.

 Waterfront Explorers Teen Camp

June 17 – 21; June 24 – June 28

The Waterfront Explorers Teen Camp is a perfect fit for older children interested in spending their summer on the water. Exclusively for campers ages 13-16, teens will learn water safety essentials, navigation skills and how to work as a team in this two-week experience. To learn more and register, visit http://www.phillyseaport.org/summercamp.

Seaport Summer Camps

June 24 – August 16

Learn all about history, science and how to row or kayak on the Delaware River at the award-winning Seaport Summer Camp. Perfect for ages 6-12, weekly camp features full days of activities and exploration on the water. Every week is a new discovery at the Museum, including hands-on activities and an in-depth look into the science and history behind the Philadelphia region’s waterways. To learn more about the different camp options and to sign up, visit http://www.phillyseaport.org/summercamp.

 Wawa Welcome America Free Museum Day

July 1

Join Independence Seaport Museum, in partnership with Wawa Welcome America, for a free museum day on July 1.  Visitors will be able to explore the Museum’s building, including the two newest exhibits, River Alive! and The British Mistake.  To learn more visit https://welcomeamerica.com/. 

Note: While the Museum’s building is free, there is an $8.00 per person charge to visit our National Historic Landmark ships, Cruiser Olympia and Submarine Becuna.  Additionally, to paddle on Paddle Penn’s Landing there is an $8.00 per person fee per 30 minutes.


About Independence Seaport Museum

Independence Seaport Museum deepens the understanding, appreciation, and experience of the Philadelphia region’s waterways through history, science, and art, plus experiences on the water.  Along with National Historic Landmark ships Cruiser Olympia and Submarine Becuna, the Museum is home to a boatbuilding workshop, Citizen Science Lab, and a MakerSpace.  Guests can also explore the river with small boat rentals, on-water programming, and one of the largest maritime art and artifact collections in North America.  Independence Seaport Museum is the premier, year-round destination on the Penn’s Landing waterfront. Visit daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and see our full schedule of programs and events at phillyseaport.org.

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