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Philadelphia riverfront: Three ideas for Mother's Day

Philadelphia Hyatt, Mushulu and Dockside landmarks
Philadelphia Hyatt, Mushulu and Dockside landmarks
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Whether the preference is to shop, picnic or cruise, the Delaware River sets the stage for a great Mother’s Day treat for the treated and the gift giver. Here are three ideas that may be individually considered or combined for an exceptionally fun Mother’s Day weekend.

Waterfront fun

The 11th Annual Spring Art Star Craft Bazaar will be held once again at The Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing Saturday and Sunday from 11am until 6pm. Organized and juried by the Art Start Gallery & Boutique, is sure to please the most unusual tastes with over 100 local and national artists chosen to share their unique and often quirky ware. Live music is brought by and balances the atmosphere along the Delaware River for a fun energized Mother’s Day. Of course, there is always a wonderful assortment of food from local Philly vendors to tempt her pallet and yours. If people watching is preferred, as well as, enjoying your own specially selected picnic grub, check out the new Race Street Pier. The terraced promenade offers impressive views of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and Delaware River. This is also quite luscious with the newly landscaped lawn and plantings as you sit suspended over the Delaware River. Relax, this Mother’s Day, as you watch the hustle and bustle of runners, boats and people. You may so thoroughly enjoy this new view to decide to return the following Friday when the official Picnic in the Park evening event is set to be held.
Perhaps, on the river is the way to go. If so, be sure to plan ahead and make your reservation for a cruise aboard the Spirit of Philadelphia. Mother’s Day options include a two-hour brunch or mid-afternoon cruise and a three-hour dinner boat tour. Regardless of the time, each mom will receive a flower and all are treated to buffet, music, and of course, fabulous cityscape views. Claim is this option offers access to the largest outdoor deck in town. The Delaware River and waterfront provide the opportunity for an exceptional Mother’s Day treat that will live long in memory and all the pictures you take. So enjoy this treat as you treat her well.