Penn’s Landing reveals scenic views of the Delaware River and the Ben Franklin Bridge from its 37-acre site. It is along the waterfront area of the Philadelphia PA along the Delaware River.
The landing has the Delaware River to the east, Front Street west, Washington Avenue south and Spring Garden Street north. The landing is named after William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania who docked near the landing site in 1682.
The primary concrete area in the landing, ‘The Great Plaza’ is used as a venue for festivals and outdoor concerts. Within Penn’s landing is Independence Seaport Museum, Moshulu historic ship restaurant and Blue Cross RiverRink. Several historic ships are moored at Penn’s Landing.
Independence Seaport Museum is dedicated to maritime history of Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley. The museum was founded in 1961 by J. Welles Henderson with numerous exhibits on three floors. Exhibits focus on the Port of Philadelphia, slave trade, trade, immigration, and shipbuilding. There are maritime artifacts, interactive displays, deep-sea submersibles, and ship models.
The World War II-era submarine USS Becuna, and Spanish-American War-era cruiser USS Olympia are moored nearby as part of Independence Seaport Museum. The barquentine Gazela tugboat Jupiter is moored there by the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild.
USS Olympia is a historic cruiser class vessel serving the US Navy from commissioning in 1895 until 1922. It received fame as the flagship of Commodore George Dewey at the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish American War in 1898. It was used as a training ship for naval cadets until World War I.
Following World War I USS Olympia participated in the 1919 Allied intervention of the Russian Civil War. The ship was decommissioned in December 1922 and restored to original condition in 1957 to be used as a museum ship for the Independence Seaport Museum.
USS Becuna was a US Navy Balao-class submarine (SS/AGSS-319). It was launched after manufacture by Electric Boat Company of Croton, Connecticut in January 1944. It was named the becuna, after a pike like European fish.
USS Becuna completed five pacific war tours during war service and credited with sinking two Japanese tankers. The Becuna received four battle stars for its World War II service, and decommissioned in November 1969. It was placed on permanent display in Penn’s Landing alongside the USS Olympia.
Daily 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM,
Sunday 10:00 AM – noon
Adults $10 with reduced rates for seniors and children
211 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia
Philadelphia is a 5-1/4 hour drive of 340 miles from Rochester NY. First drive east on I-90 Thruway to Syracuse, then US 81 south past the New York border into Pennsylvania. Continue to Scranton then US 476 into Philadelphia.
One museum visitor had the following response.
I was totally surprised at how great this place was.