Arguably one of Philly’s most easily-accessed attractions, the Delaware River waterfront on both sides of Penn’s Landing is always a hotbed of activity. This even also holds true during the winter. While most would believe that winds whipping off the river would keep foot traffic to a minimum, the waterfront has embraced opportunities to draw in visitors via the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest. This annual event puts ice skating front and center, but it also offers plenty of other entertainment options for the less-coordinated among us. Cherry Street Pier, which is the latest riverfront addition that opened to the public in early October, is yet another way to get out on the water without actually having to step foot on a boat. To round out an upcoming visit to either of these sites, there’s no reason not to head south and grab the best cheesesteak in Philly for lunch or dinner. In this article, we’ll fill you in on upcoming riverfront attractions before you get filled up at Geno’s.
According to the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC), Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest officially opens on November 23. “The park and rink will be open every day, including all holidays, through March 3rd, 2019,” the DRWC adds. What’s so great about Winterfest? For those who’ve never been, it’s truly a way to escape the trappings of congested traffic and appreciate a fun, lively and festive atmosphere. While the waterfront corporation has yet to officially release information about this year’s offering, a press release from the 2017-2018 season touts “ice skating, s’mores by the fire pits, cozy food and drink specials at The Lodge, and landscaping that will transport visitors to a sparkling winter wonderland” among the attractions. For visitors looking for something a little more substantial than s’mores, the best cheesesteak in Philly is at Geno’s and it is just a 15-minute drive from Winterfest!
Cherry Street Pier is the newest riverfront attraction and it’s being billed as a “mixed-use public space” that was “built into the shell of a century-old municipal pier.” Moreover, the DRWC says the pier is “a year-round creative incubator, marketplace, performance venue, and social space for all of Philadelphia to enjoy.” Those who took time out to check out the pier when it opened in October 2018 saw a space that was home to local artists, merchants, non-profits and other individuals well-worth checking out. What’s more, the pier is open year-round so glass doors have been installed to keep things warmer this winter and cool during the summer. Add it all up and you’ve got one of the city’s newest attractions that is just begging for a visit. After an afternoon exploring the pier’s art installations and garden, why not swing by Geno’s for the best cheesesteak in Philly? It’s the perfect way to cap off an eventful and exciting day spent exploring the riverfront.