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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.
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good33%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Kelly Dr., E. Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Fairmount Park
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+1 215-769-9693
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"kelly drive"
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"schuylkill river"
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"art museum"
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"rowing teams"
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"beautiful at night"
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"boat races"
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"fairmount park"
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"lit up at night"
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"water works"
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"lloyd hall"
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"east river"
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"martin luther king"
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"nice walk"
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"sunny day"
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"bike"
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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
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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
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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.

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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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Reviewed 27 June 2017

Don't expect much. It looks nice from across the road. I found it difficult to get to a place where I could park the car for a moment and have a look.

Thank Gil S
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Reviewed 2 June 2017

This is dozen or so clubhouses for rowing clubs on the Schuylkill River. Many but not all appeared to be connected to various universities around Philadelphia (Penn, Drexel, etc.). Unfortunately, you can only walk on the parkway (Kelly Dr.) side of the boathouses, not on...More

Thank aeroeng22
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Reviewed 1 June 2017

Boathouse row is a must-see in Philadelphia. It is beautiful every time of the year! It's perfect for photographs. Kelly drive is also absolutely brilliant for a walk.

Thank ErikaDuenas
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Reviewed 30 May 2017 via mobile

A little bit of rowing history, legacy for the sport today and an established piece of tradition which seems well used. I cycled past one evening to find a good number of boat crews out on the river - a very tranquil view. Walk upriver...More

1  Thank Rob S
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Reviewed 29 May 2017

Take the East River Drive on your way in to center city Phila. Park sit by the water . You will be among these properties usually with their sculling boats outside, Relax enjoy the water also.

Thank MsBeth2016
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Reviewed 23 May 2017

You have to see them lit at night. Go. Don't miss it. For the regatta, the lights were purple, Christmas is also a terrific time. Kelly Drive is always a great choice.

Thank denisetheartist
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