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Boathouse Row

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Address: Kelly Dr., E. Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Phone Number:
+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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My favorite after dark drive is along here.

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.

Reviewed 6 days ago
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a classic Philadelphia sight. Drive by the river at night and enjoy the iconic view. Also nice to see the rowing teams practicing on a spring afternoon

Thank Kyle S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I love rowing, boating, and really all things water and was very much looking forward to seeing Boathouse Row. I was very disappointed. The path to the Row was okay, but the Boathouse's themselves were very poor. Totally unkept and very restricted access. The backs of the Houses were filled with weeds, and overgrown shrubbery. For such a historic landmark,... More 

Thank Andrew S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2017

Classic Philly beauty! Even if you're on the boat house walking side, beautiful views of the water and a nice place to take a walk. If you have a chance, drive by the other side at night!

Thank Alexandra J L
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

Beautiful by day and even better at night. Walking distance from Philadelphia Museum of Art. Light dinning/coffe options available. Nice stroll either walking, jogging or riding a bike.

Thank 17luzm
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

This area of the river is lined with Boathouses from many . There are numerous Regattas (Boat Races) during the Fall and Spring seasons. It's fun to come watch and eat a cheesesteak while the college kids and others race along to the finish.

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Reviewed 11 April 2017

There is a lovely walking and cycling path that winds along in front of Boathouse Row. The houses are huge and grand, and impressive. Seeing the rowers on the river is cool, too. There is a small cafe to grab a bite or beverage. Parking is right before it and has a two-hour maximum.

Thank MaraFromToronto
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Reviewed 30 March 2017

The Boathouse Row in Philadelphia is so beautiful to see during the day and the evening. They have decorated the housed with all kinds of lights and that makes it really beautiful during the evening.

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Reviewed 30 March 2017

Most anytime of the day or night some group is out there practicing. At night the lights around the houses are beautiful and a sight to behold.

Thank wanderingtraveler707
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Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

Boat House Row is great to walk along on a nice summer day, watching the boats glide along the river. But, in winter around the holidays, they are framed with lights and are just a lovely, festive sight to behold! If you're a holiday light peeper, you must go and see these cute this guys!

Thank Elizabeth A

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