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Boathouse Row

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Address: Kelly Dr., E. Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Phone Number: 215 769 9693
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Description: The best walking and biking route in the city is along the Schuylkill...
The best walking and biking route in the city is along the Schuylkill River. The cluster of 15 rowing clubs host a variety of rowing and running events each year.
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Boat House Row

LaSalle University lives on these waters. You will find the crew rowing across during training season, but besides that you can catch some amazing sights, walk along the river for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

LaSalle University lives on these waters. You will find the crew rowing across during training season, but besides that you can catch some amazing sights, walk along the river for quite moments, great for bike riding and photo ops. I love the night view as the houses light up from dusk til dawn.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

A trip to Philly would not be complete without a walk, jog or bike ride (rentals available) on Kelly Drive as it winds through Boat House Row. At night the boat houses are lit up and you can see them as you drive on the Schuylkill Expressway on the west side of the river. While you are in the area... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

I am glad we had a GPS and an actual address for the Boathouse Row (1 Boathouse Row, Philadelphia, PA 19130) which led us to a public parking area where we were able to park on a Sunday afternoon for two hours for free! Driving through downtown Philly was a little crazy even on a Sunday afternoon to get here.... More 

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Manassas, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

We wanted to see Boathouse Row up close, but as visitors unfamiliar with the traffic patterns, it was somewhat hard to navigate the traffic and find parking in order to actually walk up close to the boat houses themselves. We found a parking lot a few miles down, but with kids, a few miles is a long way to walk... More 

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Wellington, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

After visiting the art museum we walked behind the museum and saw Boathouse Row. It's a beautiful site and when we ran the marathon two days later we got to see it again. I only wish we would have seen it with the lights on at night.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Boathouse Row is a group of buildings lined up next to each other and each one hosts a different rowing team. The buildings are gorgeous, and it's fun to see the boaters outside gliding around. But for me, the best part was seeing Boathouse Row from I-76 at night, when they buildings are lit up, it's beautiful and one of... More 

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Parkesburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Its so beautiful here, I had to keep asking myself if I was really in the city. There isn't much to do activity wise, besides walking (or biking) and taking in the scenery, but it's definitely something I enjoyed experiencing.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Visited the boathouse area on a sunny August Monday afternoon and was surprised at the activity there. Driving in we saw several sculls on the water as well as other watercraft and many runners, bikers, and walkers. We rented bikes and road along the waterfront - the views were impressive especially in the context of urban Philadelphia. I had also... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

It is gorgeous the way they are all lit up. It is definitely worth the trip to go by and see in the winter or at night or both.

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Marlton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Beautiful view, every night of the year! Either getting up close along the river, or when you are driving by on the expressway across the river, you have a beautiful view

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