Boating Guides / Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA

Beautiful mid-Atlantic scenery coupled with the vast arrangement of lakes, rivers, and the Atlantic Ocean make Philadelphia an amazing place to visit. Outside of all the boating, swimming, and fishing; there is plenty to do and see. Head to Nockamixon State Park, with public boat launches, and the largest lake in Philadelphia, you can’t go wrong for a day’s boating here. Also, be sure to visit Boathouse Row, located on the edge of the Schuylkill River, it’s a historic site made up of 15 boathouses and an impressive sight to say the least.

 

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Boathouse Row

This is a historic site located on the east bank of the Schuylkill River, just north of the Fairmount Water Works and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. There are 15 boathouses housing social and rowing clubs and their racing shells. The first is Fairmount Park’s recreation center, Lloyd Hall, at #1 Boathouse Row. Throughout the year, some of the clubs located along Boathouse Row hold programs for rowers of every skill level. Fairmount Park too hosts a summer rowing camp for young adults.

Explore the City via Boat

Exploring Philadelphia via boat should be more commonplace given the unique views. Cruise from 24th street and walnut on the Schuylkill River to Columbus Boulevard and walnut (Penn’s landing) on the Delaware River. You get to see the Schuylkill banks, Bartram’s garden, Gray’s Ferry, and the mud flats of the tidal Schuylkill River. You would also want to check out the thirteen historically significant bridges, the industrial areas of Philadelphia, and the USS New Jersey.

Day Trip to New Castle

Located six miles south of Wilmington at the head of the Delaware bay, New Castle was settled by the Dutch in 1651 and went on to have a tumultuous colonial history at the hands of competing European interests. The town is a popular tourist destination in Philadelphia. The town’s charming brick-lined historic district stretches across about 20 blocks and features several hundred buildings that date from 1700 to 1940. This is the perfect place for a day trip for the family history buff.

Dock n Dine

Waterfront restaurants whip up a feast for the senses. Summertime sunshine, cool river breezes, and picturesque views are perfect compliments to a delicious meal and boozy refreshment. Morgan’s Piers is one of the favorites, with its sweet Delaware River waterfront views, scores of alfresco tables, busy entertainment schedule and epicurean picnic fare, Morgan’s Pier is an ideal place to dock your boat and have a marvelous meal. Another to try out is the nearby Keating’s River Grill.

Fish the Delaware River

The upper Delaware River is home to the best wild trout fishing east of the Rockies, as well as the best fly fishing on the East coast. Centrally located on the West Branch, the Delaware River Club will be a nice spot to do your fishing. Its location makes it the optimal base of operations to fish this amazing Delaware River. Naturally reproducing, the river breeds average fish in the 15-inch range, with many caught every year reaching 20 inches and beyond. Fishing the Delaware River is always fun.

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