Good Weather, Good Times Forecast For Weekend On Waterfront

 

USS Somerset, incoming | Photo courtesy of Delaware River Waterfront Corporation

USS Somerset, incoming | Photo courtesy of Delaware River Waterfront Corporation

After weeks and weeks of relentless winter, from snow dumps to ice storms to earth shattering thunder, Mother Nature looks to finally give us a break this weekend—just in time to get down to the Delaware Riverfront.

On Saturday, celebrated man of leisure and Quizzo host extraordinaire Johnny Goodtimes marks a milestone with Quizzo Bowl X. The tenth annual trivia tournament of champions will take to the high seas Saturday afternoon—current forecast shows 56º and sunny—for a three hour tour on the Spirit of Philadelphia. Even if you’re no good at trivia, the drinks and music onboard should go well with sunset over the Philly skyline as seen from the Delaware River. Check out JGT’s web site for all the details and tickets.

On your way to the dock, allow yourself a few extra minutes to walk along close to the river, as the USS Somerset (LPD-25) will make Penn’s Landing a port of call for the next week or more. Arriving at approximately 11am tomorrow, February 21st, the Somerset will dock at the foot of Market Street and stay through its official commissioning on Saturday, March 1st.

The 684′ amphibious transport dock is named in honor of the passengers of United Airlines Flight 93, whose flight crashed in Somerset County, PA on September 11, 2001. Built in Louisiana, the ship’s construction includes 22 tons of steel from a crane that stood at a strip mine near the site of the crash, as well as flooring from pines harvested in Somerset County.

The USS Somerset will be available for public tours February 23-26, 1-4pm. It will remain docked at Penn’s Landing until an undisclosed date after the commissioning (on 3/1). PLEASE NOTE: For security concerns, the Great Plaza and river walk between the giant concrete pi and the ferry terminal will be closed. The RiverRink will remain opened (through March 2nd). So you can get close, but not that close. Plan accordingly.

About the author

Bradley Maule is co-editor of the Hidden City Daily and the creator of Philly Skyline. He's a native of Tyrone, Pennsylvania, and he's hung his hat in Shippensburg, Germantown, G-Ho, Fishtown, Portland OR, Brewerytown, and now Mt. Airy. He just can't get into Twitter, but he's way into Instagram @mauleofamerica.



2 Comments


  1. Do you know if there is a cost to do the public tour or registration required? Or can people just go up and visit?

  2. Not trying to rain on the parade but it’s an absolute disgrace that a vessel named after a place in Pennsylvania wasn’t even built in Pennsylvania.

Recent Posts
Long Delayed, The Bridge To Break Ground In Old City

Long Delayed, The Bridge To Break Ground In Old City

August 4, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Fifteen year of development hell over tomorrow for Old City apartment complex, still going for old Engine 10; City Hall courtyard mosaic being restored; and measuring the capacity of the Parkway > more

Sifting Through Fairmount Park

Sifting Through Fairmount Park

August 3, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Digging up Japan’s introduction to the Western world in Fairmount Park, Penn’s year ahead in building, West Philly bridge being replaced, and flappers and bootleggers in Torresdale > more

A Salty Success On Susquehanna Avenue

A Salty Success On Susquehanna Avenue

August 3, 2015  |  The Shadow Knows

A pretzel baron and his booming baking business once burned with prosperity at the corner of 10th and Susquehanna. The Shadow pulls the little-known legacy of Oakdale Baking Company out of the oven > more

Temple To Get Its Boathouse Back By Next Summer

Temple To Get Its Boathouse Back By Next Summer

July 31, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Ground broken on Temple boathouse restoration, distillery to release Philadelphia-inspired gin, apartments beneath Manayunk’s elevated tracks, West Philly trolley tunnel closed for repairs, and the Independence Visitor Center reaches milestone > more

Initial Concepts For A Revamped Headhouse Square Revealed

Initial Concepts For A Revamped Headhouse Square Revealed

July 30, 2015  |  Morning Blend

A gateway planned for the Headhouse Shambles, Feibush still with more fight in him for 20th and Wharton proposal, fishing and the city, and crafting some of the world’s best guitars in Fishtown > more

A Spirited Quest: On The Trail Of Philadelphia's Distilleries

A Spirited Quest: On The Trail Of Philadelphia’s Distilleries

July 30, 2015  |  Behind the Facade

Craft beer may flow in Philadelphia's 21st century veins, but liquor manufacturing has a long, spirited history here. Nic Esposito gives a toast to the city's past, present, and future of distilling > more