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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

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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Navigating the Schuylkill River

Where there is a navigable river, there will be boating. Before Boat House Row was even thought of there were races on the river as far back as the 1830s. When Philadelphia’s... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Elisabeth B
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Where there is a navigable river, there will be boating. Before Boat House Row was even thought of there were races on the river as far back as the 1830s. When Philadelphia’s population increased and after the Schuylkill dam was built at the lower end of the river near what is now Kelly Drive to keep brackish water from entering... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It's paved and a haven for bike riders, strollers, runners and anyone who enjoys a beautiful walk outside. The boat houses have tremendous history and are even prettier at night when they are all lit up. They are an authentic piece of Philadelphia history.

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Eureka Springs, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I lived in Center City (downtown) in the early '80s and just returned after being gone 20 years. I was thrilled to see the buildings along boathouse row still in excellent condition and filled with lively activity. It's a great place to take a walk, right along the Schuykill River, watching the rowers move gracefully down the river in perfect... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It is worth seeing the houses tastefully lit up. The view is very nice for an early evening ride. Not too interesting at any other time of the day. Daytime - they are just nice big old houses. Too dark and they're just lighted house outlines.

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Ft. Myers
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been visiting Boat House Row for the last 45 years, and each time we marvel at the beautiful views. At night, the boathouse lights turn the river into a cascade of shimmering colors: an absolutely stunning sight. And to see either the single or multi crew shells scudding on the water in the early morning light is a... More 

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Erie, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited Boathouse Row for a 5K run when I was in town for a business show. It was a run out and back, but a very nice venue. There were many other runners and walkers out very early (6:30) in the AM. A beautiful trail for runs or walks. Alongside a busy road but right next to the river. Neat... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Its very pretty at night but also a great walk, jog, or bike ride along the river during the day. easy to access from the art museum.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

One of the most beautiful sites in urban America is Boathouse Row, on the banks of the Schuylkill River. The Row is framed by the monumental Philadelphia Art Museum and several colonial era buildings, including the Fairmount Park Water Works. Boathouse Row is every bit a working row, where various universities and rowing clubs store their racing shells in distinctive... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

This should be a must see for any Philly tourist who has visited the museums in Fairmount. It's also worthwhile seeing even if you're at the other end of the city. I recommend going around the dinner hour and taking a sunset stroll here.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

The only problem is that the best view of the river is from the other side, where there is only a highway. Even so, it is worth walking on the river side and visiting the boathouses.

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