When visiting Philly, the Camden Waterfront is worth at least one LONG day or two half-day trips. There are numerous ways for the Philly visitor to get across the Delaware River.
1) Walk or bike across the Ben Franklin Bridge. Legal, safe, and free during daylight hours, unless there's major construction -- but you have to supply the legs. The pedestrian entrance to the bridge is on the Fifth Street sidewalk, just a block north of Race Street.
2) Drive across the Ben Franklin Bridge. While crossing, stay in the right hand lane, then take the first exit after you cross the river, and then follow the signs to a parking lot for your intended destination. There is no toll to go from Philly to Camden, but a $4 toll per auto to return to Philly. Parking at the Waterfront varies from $5 to $10 depending on the lot. For a major concert, parking can be as high as $20.
3) Shuttle bus between Independence Hall and Adventure Aquarium. From late June to early September, a small bus goes non-stop between the Independence Visitor Center (Fifth and Market) and the Waterfront. Cost is $2 per person round-trip, and buses run every thirty minutes from about 10:45 am to 5:45 pm. Purchase tickets ONLY in the Independence Visitor Center or the Aquarium; you can NOT buy tickets on the bus itself. The driver will take your ticket when you first get on, and claims he will remember you when you return (I had no problem with this). The bus stops right in front of both places, and is easy to recognize.
4) PATCO train from various places in Center City Philly (including 8th and Market) to either "City Hall" or "Broadway" stops in Camden. Cost is $2.50 per person round-trip, and trains run 24 hours.
Upon leaving the PATCO station, you'll have to either walk the three or four blocks through downtown Camden to the Waterfront, or ride the River Line Light Rail.
4A) River Line. Once at the Broadway PATCO Station, you are also at the "Walter Rand Transport Center." For $1.25 per person each way, you can ride to the Waterfront.
The last such light rail leaving the Waterfront is at 9:30 pm. If entertainment runs late and you're taking PATCO back to Philly, you'll have to walk.
5) NJ Transit Buses. Several buses leave from the Philly Greyhound Station (10th Street and Filbert) to the Rand Transport Center, including the 313, 315, 318, 400, 401, 402, 404, 405, 406, 407, 408, 409, 410, 412, and possibly others. Each individual route runs only a few times a day, so check the schedule. Once at the Rand Transport Center, you'll still have to get to the Waterfront by foot or River Line.
6) River Link Ferry.
Runs every day from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and weekends in May and September, direct from Penn's Landing to the Waterfront. Cost is $7 per person round trip, and the ferry runs from 9:30 am to 6 pm, once per hour from each side. If there is a Camden concert, the Ferry MIGHT run later hours for that event -- check first. You can not buy a one-way ticket -- you pay $7 even if you end up riding PATCO back to Philly.
This is the ferry dock located on the Camden side in back of the aquarium. The ferry does depart about every 40 minutes, but we suggest you get there early because you may stand in line for up to an hour an maybe longer to catch the ferry to Philadelphia. If you have children bring snacks and water if it's a hot day, there isn't really any shade to be had.
This is a great thing to do if your in Camden take the Riverlink Ferry over to Philadelphia Penns Landing for plenty more things to do, museums, boat tour, food, live music and much more! The ferry crosses about every 40 minutes, starts around 10:00am to 5:15pm, check the website below for more information.
Children 3-12 $5.00
Children under 3 free
Group rates available