2011 River Tours


Schuylkill Banks River Tours
Presented by SCA

Secrets of the Schuylkill

A one-hour fun and fact-filled boat tour that highlights the past, present and future of the Hidden River. Discover the sights, sounds and history of the river, from the early 1700s at historic Bartram's Garden, to the 1800s at the Fairmount Water Works, to award-winning 21st century skyscrapers. The Banks offers a setting and experience unlike any other in Philadelphia.

Saturdays at 12 noon: September 17, October 1

Saturdays at 2 pm: June 11 & 25, August 6, October 1 & 15

Saturdays at 4 pm: July 16 & 23, October 15

Thursdays at 7 pm: June 9 & 23, July 7 & 21, August 4 & 18

Thursdays at 6:30 pm: September 22


Adults $25
Children age 12 and under $15

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Boat to Bartram's Garden

Leave Center City by boat and travel down the Schuylkill River to Bartram's Garden, America's oldest botanic garden. Disembark and tour the National Historic Landmark Bartram House and botanic garden, stroll the lawns and meadow, and browse the Museum Shop.

This tour involves a 10 minute walk up the Bartram's Meadow (approximately 1/4 mile) to reach the Garden. Ticket price includes Bartram House tour (open house format). The Boat to Bartram's Tour lasts approximately 2.5 hours roundtrip.

Sundays at 1 pm:
May 8
June 12
July 17 & 31
September 18
October 2 & 16


Adults $30
Children age 12 and under $20

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Tours depart from the Walnut Street Dock, located under the Walnut Street Bridge on the east bank of the Schuylkill River.

Buy tickets online or by calling 1.888.RIV.PHIL(748.7445).

The RiverLoop is a U.S. Coast Guard-appovded vessel with indoor and outdoor seating, and a bar. Nonalcoholic and bar beverages for sale during all tours. Tours are not recommnded for children under age 4. No carry-on food or beverages allowed at any time. Tours are subject to cancellation without notice in case of inclement weather or conditions that are deemed unsuitable for navigation by the U.S. Coast Guard.