Photography: Race Street Pier and Cherry Street Pier, Philadelphia, PA 7/30/22

Caption: In this picture, you can see a PATCO train crossing the Ben Franklin Bridge.
Caption: Cherry Street Pier Beer Garden. Honestly, it’s a gorgeous space — and a highlight of the trip in my book.
Caption: Bell-Nogues Studio’s Weaver’s Knot: Sheet Bend. I specifically tried to get as much reflection in the installation as possible on a very bright, sunny afternoon.
Caption: This Philadelphia Fire Department Marine Division boat specifically showed off for some kids, who were sitting next to me. The kids were thrilled. And the firemen were happy to make kids smile.

Race Street Pier, which is located along the Delaware River at the intersection of Race Street and Columbus Blvd. opened in 2011 as the first park completed by the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation. The design of the pier nods to its original function as bi-level shipping pier originally built in 1896.

Because of its location just south of the Ben Franklin Bridge, Race Street Pier offers some gorgeous views of the Delaware River, the Ben Franklin and the Center City skyline. And unsurprisingly, it’s a part of Instagrammable Philly.

Located right next door, Cherry Street Pier is a year-round, mixed-use public space, built into the shell of a century-old municipal pier, reimagining urban, public space. Some of the area’s emerging and intriguing artists, creatives and nonprofits call Cherry Street Pier home. Working out of repurposed shipping containers, Cherry Street Pier’s artists-in-residence give the public access to their creative process and product, while collaborating to enhance their own work. Additionally, local merchants and artisans sell their goods and crafts in an open-air corridor in the Pier’s main thoroughfare. And on special market days, the bazaar-like commercial space supports emerging area artists and gives visitors a chance to buy a one-of-its-kind creation — and to support local artists.

At the end of their pier is a beer garden that offers views of the Delaware River, the Ben Franklin, Camden, NJ to the east and the Delaware Memorial Bridge to the north.

Honestly, it’s a lovely way to spend a summer afternoon. You can’t go wrong with a beer, a nice breeze and the river.