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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 3 weeks ago

If you are driving to Philly, and are on the West Kelly Drive, you will see Boathouse Row. At night each boathouse is illluminated with lights reflected in the water too. Beautiful.

Thank Sandra G
Reviewed 24 October 2017

We usually go to the park and rent bikes to ride around the entire park. It was inexpensive and a great way to spend time with family. they also have a cafe with pastries and coffee etc...You will pass by Boathouse row which is great...More

Thank Vicki G
Reviewed 7 October 2017 via mobile

The boathouse is a fun place to go if you are a rower but if you just want a place to relax and enjoy the scenery go to the boat. It has a great restaurant for a light lunch, but if you really want to...More

1  Thank Greenjjeanpa
Reviewed 4 October 2017

This is one of Philadelphia's best attractions to see by night. It's even more beautiful in the Fall.

1  Thank Sheila W
Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

Someone told me to check out Boathouse Row on my way into Philly, and i'm so glad he did. The homes are beautiful! And it's a lovely area. It's a short stretch. There are probably only a dozen or so. We pulled over briefly to...More

Thank Andrea B
Reviewed 13 September 2017

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 26 August 2017

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 16 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

1  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 28 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.

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Mariah R
10 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
10 January 2015|
Response from Peter M |
What question?