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Boathouse Row

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Address: Kelly Dr., E. Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA 19130
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+1 215-769-9693
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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Best Seen at Night

Rowing is part of the fabric of Philadelphia. Boat House Row is lit at night and is gorgeous. To get the best view you need to see it from the River side (either walking along the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 September 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Rowing is part of the fabric of Philadelphia. Boat House Row is lit at night and is gorgeous. To get the best view you need to see it from the River side (either walking along the river or seeing it from the Expressway - which can be dangerous if you are looking at the boat houses and not the car... More 

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Westampton, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

I've participated in a few races along Boathouse Row. It is a very beautiful and peaceful place to visit and to run.

Thank Vanessa M
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

If you are on the schoolkill expressway at night this is one of the prettiest lit up sights ever. You must drive by. Never gets old!

Thank SkysMommy4
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

Walk, run, job, bike, stroll along the beautiful river walk any time of day or night. Depending on the time of year, you can catch a high school or college rowing regatta which is always a fun party atmosphere. Food and bike rentals available. Great city views A hop skip and a jump to Fairmount Park.

Thank Jenna P
Philadelphia, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

The lights that are turned on at night make for quite a display. I am surprised there are not more accidents on the 76, as people do look, even when driving.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

Crew (boat racing) is an amazing sport and Philadelphia is a major hub for crew rowers and fans. Even if you don't care about Crew (which you should...check out a regatta in the spring or fall season!!) the beautiful, old boathouses lining the Delaware River are illuminated at night, and provide for the perfect stroll after you're done your visit... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

Great to see during the day and night. Although particularly special when lit up at night. Quite a romantic setting,

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

We went in the daytime and I would have liked to go back at night. The view from the waterworks is lovely and I know they light it up in the evening. It seems to be a popular spot for joggers and is very pleasant on a sunny day.

Thank Natalie O
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Wonderful view from along the Schulkill Expressway at night when lit up. Better enjoyed from behind in daylight along Kelly Drive.

Thank markandreg
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

If you look across the water you see Philadelphia, the traffic, the building, the Philadelphia Zoo balloon and countless other things that you will miss if you're not paying attention. My advice to truly enjoy Boathouse Row is in the morning during the week, while everyone is at work. Take your time, stroll the row, or bike and let nature... More 

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