Philadelphia Beer Gardens that are Family-Friendly

Spruce Street Harbor Park has two water features and tons of games to keep kids busy after a meal. Photo courtesy of Spruce Street Harbor Park
Spruce Street Harbor Park has two water features and tons of games to keep kids busy after a meal. Photo courtesy of Spruce Street Harbor Park
6/11/23 - By Cait Sumner

Philadelphia beer gardens are popping up just about everywhere. With delicious brews and cocktails alongside yard games and kid-friendly spaces, these spots are a perfect match for families looking to get out without paying for a babysitter. There are lots of great family-friendly (and pet-friendly!) beer gardens in and around the city that are perfect for a relaxing weekend.

If you're heading to a Fishtown beer garden, check out our recommendations for Things to Do in Fishtown with Kids. Looking for more ways to get outside? Check out the Best Playgrounds in Philadelphia for All Day Play or take a look at our Outdoor Activity Guide.


Year-Round Establishments

Frankford Hall — Fishtown

This family-friendly spot is known for hosting epic events featuring Lara and Joe and holiday festivities (like meet and greets with Santa). The outdoor area is perfect for summer days, but is also heated in the winter.

Fette Sau — Fishtown

Conveniently located right next to Frankford Hall, this spot is really a go-to for delicious BBQ, and the staff is incredibly friendly and helpful with the kids. Also, one of the best happy hours in the city all year long!

Philadelphia Beer Gardens that are Family-Friendly: Cherry Street Beer Garden
You can't beat the gorgeous views and tacos at Cherry Street Beer Garden. 

Cherry Street Beer Garden — Old City

Enjoy a drink with a side of water views! This outdoor area is typically open Tuesdays-Sundays, but check their Facebook page for closures and additional openings. Kids will love the treats from French Toast Bites and you'll love the frozen cocktails.

Philadelphia Brewing Company — Fishtown

PBC's outdoor beer garden is kid and pup-friendly! With a handful of yard games and plenty of open space, kids are sure to find something to entertain them. Check their Facebook page for weather closures and food truck schedules.

Unleashed at Craft Hall — Northern Liberties

Craft Hall has turned their outdoor beer garden into a dog park! Your kids will love hanging with all the pups while you have a beer, or head inside where they can play on the indoor playground.

Philadelphia Beer Gardens that are Family-Friendly: Independence Beer Garden
Make sure to hit Independence Beer Garden this summer for tasty bites and of course, drinks! 

Summer-Only Spaces

The Yard at South Bowl — ​ South Philly

Featuring batting cages, corn hole, a pool table, shuffleboard, arcade games, and more, this beer garden is the perfect place to keep kids happy while you relax with a drink! If it gets too hot, head inside to bowl a few frames! The delicious food seals the deal at this spot.

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest — Penn's Landing

This beer garden features an outdoor roller rink, amazing views, amusement park rides and games, and yummy bites that young and old will enjoy. 

Independence Beer Garden — Washington Square

In the summer, the 30,000 square-foot outdoor area of One South Independence Mall West is a beer garden that is largely for an older crowd, but with the proximity to Independence Hall its also a good place to stop after a day of being a tourist, with yummy snacks like popcorn and pigs-in-a-blanket, favorites for young and old!

The Watering Hole at Philadelphia Zoo — Fairmount

Now the zoo can be your favorite place to go, too! Everything about the location says family-friendly. 

PHS Pop-up Beer Garden — South Philly

The Philadelphia Horticultural Society is back at 15th and South Streets featuring a beautiful, blooming backdrop. This one is kid and pet friendly and is scheduled to be open through at least October. Follow along on social media for more updates.

Spruce Street Harbor Park — Penn's Landing

Spruce Street Harbor Park is a favorite summer activity. The space features a floating bar, tons of games and two water features for kids to splash around in on hot days. Not to mention the boardwalk with arcade games and a Franklin Fountain outpost.

Philadelphia Beer Gardens that are Family-Friendly: Puddler's Kitchen & Tap
Stop in Puddler's Kitchen & Tap for a pint for the adults and a signature flatbread for everyone, like the BBQ Chicken Flatbread.

Outside the City

The Creamery — Kennett Square

The Creamery is open year-round Thursday through Sunday. This expansive outdoor beer garden also has an indoor area. It's dog friendly and kid friendly with games and other fun, including the newly added Bark Barn and a special children's area that they just recently remodeled. Check the site for food truck and music schedules.

Puddler's Kitchen & Tap — Bridgeport

The beer garden at Puddler's features river views and delicious brews from Conshohocken Brewing Co. 

Sly Fox at The Grove — Malvern

The Grove is at the center of a few businesses including Sly Fox. Enjoy yard games, a relaxing atmosphere, and a large stage for entertainment. 

Ship Bottom Beer Garden at Linvilla — Media

Take a break from picking your own fruit or visiting the farm animals with a Ship Bottom brew at the beer garden at Linvilla! The beer garden is open in spring and summer. Kids can enjoy corn hole and giant Connect-4 boards.

Beer Garden at Longwood — Kennett Square

Longwood Gardens is a family-friendly favorite! Take a walk through the expansive gardens, then stop off for a Victory Brewing Company beer, live music, and some snacks

This article was originally published in 2017 and has been updated for 2023.

Photos courtesy of the breweries


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