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Smiling young man gives a thumbs-up while sitting in a red and yellow kayak in the Schuylkill River

Saturday Free Boating (2019)

Kayak or rowboat on this quiet stretch of the Schuylkill River. No registration or boating experience necessary! All ages are welcome, minors must be accompanied by an adult. We provide the boats, life jackets and basic instruction. There are trained rowers available if you would prefer to not row or paddle yourself. Kayak excursions limited to 30 minutes, rowboat excursions limited to 45 minutes. The last boat goes out at 3pm.

We cancel in the event of rain, lightning, outfall overflows (occur for 24 hours after a heavy rain) and high wind. Check this site or our Facebook page day-of for cancellation notices.

Every 3rd Saturday Free Boating & Biking

In partnership with the Bicycle Coalition, we will offer free bike rentals and guided rides of the Bartram’s Mile, a new walking and biking trail along the river.

Free Saturday Boating is at our Community Boathouse, which is located on the northern tip of Bartram’s Garden on the river. Walk past the free Parking area onto the Meadow trail, which leads downhill to the Boathouse (click here for a map).

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