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Boathouse Row

Kelly Dr., E. Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA 19130 (Fairmount Park)
215 769 9693
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Ranked #39 of 262 Attractions in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Neighborhoods, Cultural
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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Saint Louis, Missouri
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212 reviews 212 reviews
71 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
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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68 reviews 68 reviews
26 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
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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Central New Jersey
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131 reviews 131 reviews
47 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
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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60 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
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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140 reviews 140 reviews
59 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
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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Atlanta, Georgia
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Nice views of the river and the dam. It is located Behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Nice place to have a picnic. You can Feed the ducks. The gazebo Possibly was once the highest point in the city. Looking for a great shot for a photo opportunity??? From the Gazebo with the Dam in the background-No one would ever... More

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New York
4 reviews 4 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We love to visit here and relive our rowing days in college and high school. Philly is a great rowing city - steeped in tradition.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

I haven't ever actually been to any of the boat houses. The key is to drive by at night across the river when the houses are all lit up. No need to do anything more, but they are very beautiful at night.

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Perth, Australia
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73 reviews 73 reviews
35 attraction reviews
176 helpful votes 176 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

Enjoyed the walk and the view. Would have loved the opportunity to see the view at night with the lights on but time did not permit. Great city for walking. Easy terrain and lots to see.

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New Jersey
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426 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

The Boathouse row consists of 15 boathouses and is fairly interesting to walk along. If there is a regatta or a race going on the whole area comes alive, picturesque and vibrant. It is located on the east bank of the Schuylkill River. You could start walking from Fairmount Water Works or even the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It is... More

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