5 Places to Find Canoes, Kayaks, Paddle Boats, and SUP Paddle Boards Around Philadelphia

At Paddle Penn’s Landing, paddle boats come shaped as swans. Photograph courtesy Delaware River Waterfront

There’s something about paddling around in the sunshine that can be incredibly soothing — not to mention a killer arm workout. To get your summer waterfront plans off on the right foot, here’s our list of where to rent paddle boats, kayaks, canoes, and more — and where to take lessons and guided river tours on all of the above.

Hidden River Outfitters

Where: Manayunk Brewery Dock and on the Schuylkill Banks under the Walnut Street Bridge
Boat options: Kayaks, stand-up paddle boards
Things to do: Book an hour-long stand-up paddle board lesson for $50 per person, or join a kayak tour on the Schuylkill river for $40 to $55 a person. The best part? Their kayak tours come in all kinds of fun themes, like the Sunday Jazz Brunch trip or twilight Movie Night tour.

Philadelphia Canoe Club

Where: 4900 Ridge Avenue, on the banks of the intersection of the Wissahickon Creek and Schuylkill River
Boat options: White-water and flat-water canoes and kayaks, and stand-up paddle boards
Things to do: This club — which doesn’t require a membership to attend events — hosts paddling trips in the area, and also provides lessons. A full-day kayak intro course will run you $80, while an evening intro to SUP paddle boards is $40. Already a pro? Join one of their many group paddling trips to river rapids, flat waters, and more.

Aqua Vida

Where: Various locations around town
Boat options: Stand-up paddle boards
Things to do: Book a private or group session from their robust offering of paddle board classes, which include everything from boot camps to meditation classes on the paddle boards. Their Sunset Floating Yoga classes at AKA University City’s Level 28 club look particularly dreamy.

Paddle Penn’s Landing

Where: Penn’s Landing Marina, 301 S. Columbus Boulevard
Boat options: Kayaks, rowboats, and paddle boats
Things to do: Rent a boat for $8 per person per half hour, then paddle around the Delaware Riverfront. The paddle boats are particularly Instagram friendly — they come in fun designs that mimic pirate ships, dragons, and swans.

Bartram’s Garden

Where: 5400 Lindbergh Boulevard
Boat options: Kayaks and rowboats
Things to do: Bartram’s Garden offers free boating every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. through October 27. Once a month, they do a full-moon rowboat session with a live deejay, and they also host monthly Schuylkill River kayak tours.

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