2013 Riverboat Tours


Schuylkill Banks Riverboat Tours

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 iconic 20th century buildings and award-winning 21st century skyscrapers. The Banks offers a setting and experience unlike any other in Philadelphia.

Saturday at 12:30 pm:

  • November 2

Saturdays at 2 pm:

  • June 1, 15 & 29
  • July 27
  • August 10 & 24
  • September 7 & 21 (7th Sold Out)
  • October 5 (Sold Out) & 19
  • November 2 (Sold Out)

Thursdays at 7 pm:

  • May 30
  • June 13 & 27,
  • July 11 & 25 (25th Sold Out)
  • August 8, 22 & 29 (22nd Sold Out)

Thursdays at 6:30 pm:

  • September 5 & 19 (19th Sold Out)
  • October 3 (Sold Out)

Thursdays at 6 pm:

  • October 17 & 24

Tickets: Adults $22, Children age 12 and under $12

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Boat to Bartram's Garden

Cruise to Bartram’s Garden and discover the home of America’s first great botanist, John Bartram. Take a ¼ mile walk up the meadow to see amazing views of the skyline and explore the historic garden, community farm and recreational trail. This 3-hour tour includes a 2-hour stop at Bartram’s Garden with guided tour of the 1728 house.

Saturdays at 12 pm and 1 pm:

  • June 8 & 22*
  • July 6 & 20*
  • August 3 & 17
  • September 14

Sundays at 12 pm and 1 pm:

Tickets: Adults $30, Children age 12 and under $17

*Additional activities are available at Bartram's Garden for a fee at select times on days marked with an asterisk, click on the date(s) above or on the specific date and time event listing for more information.

Snacks and beverages are available for purchase on the boat, and there are picnic tables and a lawn area at Bartram's Garden for those who wish to bring a picnic lunch.

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General Information

Tours depart from the Walnut Street Dock, located under the Walnut Street Bridge on the east bank (Center City side) of the Schuylkill River. Click here or use the red "Plan Your Visit" button above for map and directions.

Buy tickets online or by calling 800-979-3370.

The Schuylkill Perch, a reproduction of a classic 1920s mini commuter yacht, is a U.S. Coast Guard-approved vessel that is perfect for tours, parties and corporate outings. Featuring wrap around seating, a fully equipped bar, restroom, and a sheltered yet open stern, the Schuylkill Perch allows guests to take in all of the interesting sights along the tidal Schuylkill in comfort and style.

Tours are not recommended for children under age 4. Carry-on food or beverages are not permitted. 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.

Patriot Harbor Lines runs a variety of tours on the tidal Schuylkill, including Hidden River Tours, City Lights Tours, and private charters. Learn more at phillybyboat.com.