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Curator’s Tour: Kayaking along the Tidal Schuylkill (SOLD OUT)

swing bridge

July 24, 2021 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Bartram’s Garden Community Boathouse
5400 Lindbergh Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19143 United States

Curator Joel Fry and the Bartram’s Garden boathouse staff will lead a paddling tour via kayaks along the Tidal Schuylkill from Bartram’s Garden to Gray’s Ferry and back.

Three adjacent Bartram family farms in Kingessing ran along the Schuylkill north from modern 56th Street to Gray’s Ferry. This kayak tour will head north from the dock and boathouse at Bartram’s Garden along the west shoreline of the river to Gray’s Ferry.

This route will follow most of the Bartram family farmland and the alignment of the Bartram’s Mile Trail, north to the future river crossing at Gray’s Ferry. Trail bridge construction is underway, using the piers and abutments of the old 1902 railroad swing bridge of the Philadelphia, Wilmington & Baltimore Railroad.

Kayaks, paddles, and lifejackets will be provided. This is a flat and calm stretch of river, so all skill levels are welcome! Expect moderate physical exertion and summer heat. Pre-registration is required and limited to 20 adults only. We have a limited number of single kayaks, so some guests will have to share a tandem kayak. Check out our boating FAQ for more information.

Please arrive at 4:15pm for launch by 4:30pm.

 

TICKETS:

$25 General Admission / $15 Members 

$2 Southwest Neighbors or ACCESS Cardholders

 

 

Bartram Hall from the river

“Bartram Hall,” the Eastwick house and west shoreline of the Schuylkill near modern 56th Street. Photograph taken between 1860-1870.

[header image] Old swing bridge for the Philadelphia, Wilmington & Baltimore Rail Road at Gray’s Ferry. Demolished in 2018.

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Biking & Walking

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Birds

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Boating & Fishing

Enjoy all that the Tidal Schuylkill River has to offer.

Flowers, Plants & Trees

See what’s blooming, find a favorite tree, and stroll the gardens and natural lands.

Gardening

Bring the Garden home! Shop for plants and grow your own food.

History

Uncover the interconnected stories of this historic site.

Kids' Activities

Join us year-round to learn, make, share, and wonder.

Sankofa Community Farm

“Go back and get it!” Growing food sovereignty with an African Diaspora focus.

Southwest Philadelphia

Resources and opportunities especially for neighbors in Southwest Philly.

Water Quality

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Workshops, Wellness & Culture

Enjoy upcoming workshops, self-care, and events. Are you a Southwest artist? Let’s partner!

Youth Internships

Calling Southwest students: paid internships available with the river, the farm, and the trees.