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Address: Kelly Dr., E. Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Phone Number: 215 769 9693
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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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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If you have never been here, it probably should be on your bucket list. A lot of people don't think that PA would be pretty, or a common "tourist" spot but as many times as I have... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you have never been here, it probably should be on your bucket list. A lot of people don't think that PA would be pretty, or a common "tourist" spot but as many times as I have driven by kelly dr., boathouse row NEVER gets old. Incredible night views.

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Thank Dana R
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Tips for getting *the* photo: sunrise, after a light rain, after snow. The Row is so charming and romantic, it's like a work of Americana art.

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Thank MaxMuscolo
Wailuku, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Lovely during day for a stroll and drive by for an illuminated evening. A postcard picture of the Philadelphia tradition of rowing and sculling on the Schuylkill River.

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Thank DrDaveMaui
Edinburg, Virginia
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We drove across town at night to see this. The view was very pretty from Roadway. Drove to the street behind the homes and no lights could be seen from the back of the homes. Best seen across the river

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Thank Barbara B
Tampa, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A nice place to see from across the river, when the boat houses are lite up or see them rowing in the early morning Free and different.

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Fort Lauderdale
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Coming home via Rte.76 we were treated to the buildings along "Boathouse Row"all decorated with exterior lightening.It was an impressive sight to see.

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Thank Anne H
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Boathouse Row contains a grouping of beautiful historic shell houses in a cluster that is truly unique. While each boathouse is private and therefore closed to the public, this stretch of Kelley drive can be enjoyed via the walking/running/biking trail that starts at Lloyd Hall. The row bustles in the early morning and afternoon as athletes of all ages arrive... More 

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Thank AlexIsHonest
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Its great to see the crews battle it out on the river, but just to see houses with lights on them owned by differe not colleges isn't much fun. One of those thing you can say you saw.

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Thank Mugsy2015
Hatboro, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

A can't miss feature of the city when driving along the Schuylkill Expressway or West River Drive. Also interesting to walk along Kelly Drive. Continue your walk and stroll through the Azalea Garden behind the Art Museum.

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Walnutport, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

If you are traveling by car, the boat row ,especially at night, is a must see. The architecture and lights are always amazing to see. The Schuylkill River reflects the row beautifully.

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