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Boathouse Row

Kelly Dr., E. Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA 19130
+1 215-769-9693
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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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  • Very good32%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Kelly Dr., E. Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Fairmount Park
+1 215-769-9693
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Boathouse Row is a very nice place to visit and great escape from the city life. It is located right inside of Fairmount Park which features great running trails and lots of leisure places to fish, lay in the sun, do yoga or enjoy the...More

Thank Shannon2222
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is something we drove by a couple of times and it is really pretty to see it all lit up at night. We did not get to the area but I have not seen this done anywhere.

Thank OneOpinion416
Reviewed 17 August 2017

This is a pleasant place for recreation, the trail follows the river and offers some great views of the city. The Boathouses themselves are interesting, though the best view is from MLK Drive rather than Kelly Drive, especially for the iconic nighttime view. Can get...More

Thank aquistbe
Reviewed 7 August 2017

We were told that this is the closest place to drop a line in the water. Very nice park with very limited parking. Time your arrival by avoiding peak times like noon-3pm. The river is very active with crews practicing and races. The river appears...More

Thank Louie Y
Reviewed 29 July 2017

interesting to visit and see where our first flag was sewn, see the grave, and visit another piece of history. Great old buildings and architecture in this Old City. Felt too pricey for short visit, not much to see.

Thank 350deborahg
Reviewed 20 July 2017

Row upon row of boat houses along the river. The location are used for filming as well and if you're lucky you'll spot rowers exercising on the river itself. A scenic drive and area next to the river stretching for a mile or two or...More

Thank Dsmiff
Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

Boathouse Row is near the Art Museum on Kelly Drive. This area of Fairmount Park is a nice walk, but is a close up view of the crew houses you're not allowed in. The better view is on MLK drive where you get to look...More

1  Thank Kev E
Reviewed 11 July 2017

It's easy to miss Boathouse Row if you confine your visit to the museums or historical sites, but just past the museum are the Water Works and Boathouse Row, both of which are real gems. These boathouses are still very much in use after 150...More

Thank Mark D
Reviewed 11 July 2017

I adore Boathouse Row. I lived just a few blocks away many years back, and weather permitting walked here daily. One of those perfect Philly places just behind the art museum.

Thank bklein62
Reviewed 7 July 2017

Location of the annual Skimmer row races and a pretty spot along the river. These boat houses have history, and you can see them from the Expressway.

Thank Thomas V
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Mariah R
11 August 2015|
Response from ellenoliver | Reviewed this property |
It was a loooong time ago, the wedding was held outside, I'm pretty sure it was Undine, but if not had to be U of P because these are the two I hung around. Hope it works out for you, that would be a wonderfully memorable... More
Peter M
11 January 2015|
Response from Peter M |
What question?