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Hidden Philadelphia: Graffiti Pier {Guest Post by Expedition Jojo}

Hidden Philadelphia: Graffiti Pier {Guest Post by Expedition Jojo} | CosmosMariners.com

We all know how much I love an off-the-beaten-path location (like these spooky ruins in the Charleston Lowcountry), so I'm always excited to find a fellow travel blogger who likes them, too. I'm happy to welcome a new guest poster to the blog: Jojo from Expedition Jojo, another traveler who is all too happy to seek out places that most people don't know about.

Based in Philadelphia, Jojo believes in exploring locally when she's not adventuring elsewhere in the U.S. or abroad. Her guest post today showcases a gritty but beautiful part of her hometown: Philadelphia's Graffiti Pier. Read on for her take on this hidden spot in the City of Brotherly Love!

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Graffiti Pier is an abandoned coal mining pier right on the Delaware River. Back when it was less popular, you had to scan through articles to try and figure out the location of the pier.

You could even try to message people who have been there on Instagram hoping for a reply with a hint of the location but that is unlikely as there is an unspoken rule about never giving out the location. Now, you can just type it into Google maps.

Hidden Philadelphia: Graffiti Pier {Guest Post by Expedition Jojo} | CosmosMariners.com
{photo via Expedition Jojo}
Although it takes away from the thrill of the hunt, the pier is just as interesting. When you arrive, you will see a car barrier on your left, this is where you will enter after you have parked. You can also bike here but it is not advised as there is broken glass everywhere. Walk up to the barrier and either duck under or leap over. After that, all your have to do is follow the path and you will see the pier.

Hidden Philadelphia: Graffiti Pier {Guest Post by Expedition Jojo} | CosmosMariners.com
{photo via Expedition Jojo}
 At the entrance, there are usually bigger pieces of graffiti. These do not change as often as the smaller ones inside the pier. If you are lucky, you may run into artists putting up a new piece of work and can chat with them about their vision.

Rule: If you take their picture, do not take a picture of their face. Graffiti, side angles and backs only! Respect the community rules.

Hidden Philadelphia: Graffiti Pier {Guest Post by Expedition Jojo} | CosmosMariners.com
Graffiti artist's supplies
{photo via Expedition Jojo}
 The many pillars and walls along the pier allow many artists to showcase their work in this ever changing environment. You can visit the pier one day and in a couple of week the graffiti can be completely different. So if you like something, take a picture of it while you are there!

Hidden Philadelphia: Graffiti Pier {Guest Post by Expedition Jojo} | CosmosMariners.com
{photo via Expedition Jojo}
As you move closer to the middle, there will be a split in the route you can take to continue, make sure you check out both side to not miss anything. You also get a nice view of the Philadelphia skyline to your right as you get closer to the end of the pier.

In the summers, there are occasionally kids and families jumping into the river to cool off. As with any hidden location, caution when visiting is advised! Because of the popularity of photographers visiting this location, there has been recent reports of robbery and assaults.

However, if you travel smart, you should be fine. Travel with a group of at least 5 people when visiting a pier and do not go when it is dark.

 Other useful tips include wearing closed toe shoes because of the trash everywhere and do not come after a rainy day, especially in the summer or you will be eaten alive! I learned this the hard way.

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Hopefully, Jojo has inspired you to dig deeper into your own community and find those hidden spots. What's your favorite thing to do in your hometown that most people don't know about?

Expedition Jojo is a brand new travel blog, so make sure to head over to her blog and social media and show her some love!

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