Around mid-May each year, you can catch the Dad Vail Regatta, which is a popular rowing race. Otherwise, Boathouse Row is a nice place to walk around, and you may be able to get inside a few of the boathouses. The classic Boathouse Row look can be seen at night, when lights outline the boathouses.
Boathouse Row is a historic site located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on the east bank of the Schuylkill River. It consists of a row of boathouses housing racing shells. Each of the ten boathouses has its own history, and all have addresses on Kelly Drive The boathouses are part of a group known as the Schuylkill Navy, which encompasses several other boathouses along the river. Local universities (including Drexel, Saint Joseph's, Villanova, Penn, La Salle, and Temple) row from a boathouse along the Schuylkill.
My photo doesn't do it justice. What a wonderful sight looking across the river. Absolutely charming....and at night they had all the buildings lined with little lights. I'd love to be there on a warm day when they are out rowing.
What Philly's got that no other city can match is Boathouse Row. Ours is the only city in the world with a vintage rowing village on the banks of its river. Plenty of places - London, Bonn, San Diego, Tampa, Boston, Buffalo and Washington - have teams and the odd sprinkle of boathouses, but none capture the unity and tradition of Boathouse Row.
It is only a stone throws distance from the Philadelphia Art museum and includes 10 Victorian boathouses that house local rowing clubs. You'll usually see a number of the scullers from these houses swiftly cutting their way through the river.
At night, the view is beautiful as the houses are brightly lit.. definitely post card material :)
Part of Fairmont Park the best view is from across the Schuykill (prounouced "skoo-kill) River. Particularlly on weekends you can see rowing teams practicing and/or competing.
Walk along Boathouse Row and watch different crew / sculling teams practice along the Schuylkill River. I think crew is the most demanding sport of all.
One of the more popular Philadelphia attractions. The Boat House Row at night sparkles along the Schuykill river.