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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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Boathouse Row

Sadly, we only drove past this location. I really wish we had time to get out and walk around. The buildings are so beautiful. It would have been nice to see the architecture up... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 11, 2015
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Santa Monica, California
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56 reviews 56 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Sadly, we only drove past this location. I really wish we had time to get out and walk around. The buildings are so beautiful. It would have been nice to see the architecture up close.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

I am lucky enough to live close by so I use the running trail along Kelly Drive and the Schuylkill River. It is always populated and I have never felt uncomfortable alone although I have always gone during daylight hours. Sculptures and murals, geese and crew teams, beautiful flowers and the river. What else could you want!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

All museums were still closed when we arrived in Philadelphia on May 1, 2015. We decided to drive along Kelly Drive, passing various attractions along the way. We parked and took pictures of the Schuylkill River where we noted boaters/rowers enjoying their activities. We also stopped by the Boathouse Row and took pictures of the Boathouses which appeared to belong... More 

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New Haven, CT
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Yes, Virginia, you can actually walk (and bike) along Martin Luther King Drive to see Boathouse Row from across the river. Also a great view of the back of the Art Museum, especially during a full moon. Much more time to appreciate the view rather than zipping past on I-76. Peek at your maps program on how to head around... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

This was always something I wanted to do: after years of driving past. It was great to walk along the water and watch the men scullying down the river. The actual buildings look to be in a little bit of disrepair, but it is still a sight worth seeing.

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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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Miami
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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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