Philly Pop-Up Parks Put More Play in Your Neighborhood


It’s summer in Philadelphia and that means one thing: it’s time for pop-up parks and gardens. In recent years, seasonal parks and beer gardens have been appearing all over the city, giving people a chance to be social while enjoying a drink in a beautiful setting. This year, there’s a pop-up in several neighborhoods around Philly, from the riverside to South Street.

 PHS Pop-Up Garden

For the past few years, fans of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Pop-Up Garden have eagerly awaited the announcement of when and where it would open each season. This year was no different. The garden took over a vacant lot on South Street next to the Jamaican Jerk Hut at the beginning of July, bringing with it a tropical theme.  South Street on the West side of Broad is blossoming into a tremendous place to wine and dine and PHS’ latest Pop-Up is just another reason to head to South Street this summer!

Within walking distance of many Philly condos, the pop-up garden gives residents and visitors of the Rittenhouse Square, South of South and Graduate Hospital areas a place not only to relax in the heat of summer, but also to enjoy live music, Quizzo and movie nights, WooooHOOO!!!!  Food options at the garden include dishes from the Jamaican Jerk Hut, as well as a rotating selection of gourmet food trucks.

Spruce Harbor Park

One area of Philly real estate that’s been a bit neglected is the stretch of land by the Delaware River. Spruce Harbor Park, located along the Delaware River just east of Society Hill, breathes new life into a usually barren area. Features of the park include a selection of hammocks, perfect for relaxing in, as well as floating barges on the river, games such as bocce and shuffleboard, boardwalk, urban beach, mist walk, lily pad gardens and a pop-up craft market.  You must go grab a cider and lounge in one of the oversized nets that will suspend you over the water to enjoy the views of the Delaware River.   At night, the trees in the sculpture park will be illuminated by more than 300, full spectrum, meter-long LED tube lights transforming the environment and mood as you lounge in the Adirondack chairs or swinging hammocks! The Blue Anchor bar serves food and drinks every day till 10pm. You must have a veggie or village burger and sangria if it’s the last thing you do! Don’t miss out; this Pop-up deflates on August 31, 2014!

Independence Beer Garden

The historic section of Philly is getting in on the pop-up park action, as well. Independence Beer Garden opened July 15 and overlooks the Liberty Bell and Independence National Park. The goal of the garden is to offer you an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Along with food and drink from one of my personal favorite Philly chef’s Michael Schulson and former Top Chef contestant Travis Masar, the garden features outdoors games and fire pits.

If you’re looking for properties in Philly, this summer shows that there’s never been a better time to buy Philadelphia real estate.  The market has seen an extension of the Spring market due to the brutal winter we endured. Buyer’s are still out there and we are always here to help guide the way when it comes time to buy, sell or rent in Philadelphia. This year’s pop-up parks and gardens let you enjoy a break from city life, laughs with old & new friends without actually having to leave the city of Brotherly Love! So…. I officially challenge you to a beanbag toss along the boardwalk and may the best man or woman win! Who’s In?

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