Where to Find Canoes, Kayaks, Pedal Boats, and Paddle Boards Around Philadelphia

Beat the heat with fun water activities like floating yoga and exploring the area by boat.


Want to get on the water this summer? Here’s where you can rent kayaks, canoes, and more in Philadelphia. / Photograph by Miki Sparks for Schuylkill River Development Corporation.

We’re all about getting on, in, or near the water this summer — whether that’s via a public pool, a natural swimming hole, or another fun activity. Below, our list of where to find pedal boats, kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddle boards in and around Philly.

Aqua Vida

Where: AKA University City (2929 Walnut Street)
On-the-water options: Stand-up paddle boards
What to expect: Book a private or group session with Aqua Vida. The group hosts weekly SUP yoga and Pilates afloat AKA’s indoor pool, which is 400 feet above street level and offers amazing views.

Glen Foerd

Where: 5001 Grant Avenue
On-the-water options: Kayaks
What to expect: Throughout the summer, enjoy a kayak tour of the Delaware River from Glen Foerd in Northeast Philly. The excursion is led by a certified guide and covers safety protocols and the fundamentals of kayaking. Plus, it’s a great way to spend some time with your significant other, bestie or most adventurous family member, as you’ll be exploring via a tandem kayak. You can find dates of excursions here.

Glisten Fit

Where: 64 Norcross Road, Berlin, New Jersey
On-the-water options: Paddle boards
What to expect: In addition to open-water swim, Berlin-based Glisten Fit hosts stand-up paddle boarding open sessions and yoga — that currently run on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the summer. A single-class pass costs $20, but there are package options, as well.

Hidden River Outfitters

Where: On the Schuylkill Banks under the Walnut Street Bridge
On-the-water options: Kayaks and paddle boards
What to expect: Book a 90-minute kayak tour on the Schuylkill River starting at $37 per person. Hidden River offers both daytime (“Basic”) and evening (“Moonlight”) tours. You can also opt for a two-hour private group tour led by one of their pros for $38 per person.

Independence Seaport Museum

Where: 211 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard
On-the-water options: Kayaks and pedal boats
What to expect: Head to the Independence Seaport Museum for four different kayak adventures offered through October. The Three Sisters Shipwreck excursion is a three-mile adventure along the Delaware to see what remains of the historical shipwreck, while the Graffiti Pier tour kayaks for six miles. Or, rent a pedal or row boat for $25-$48 per person (30-minute session). The pedal boats are particularly kid-friendly and Instagrammable — they come in fun designs like dragons, ducks, flamingos and swans.

Marsh Creek State Park

Where: 675 Park Road, Downingtown
On-the-water options: Kayaks and paddle boards
What to expect: Thanks to a partnership with L.L.Bean, Marsh Creek State Park is able to provide a variety of adventures by kayak and paddle board. There are kayaking tours focused on learning the basics, bird-watching, and fall foliage (September and October only), plus stand-up paddle boarding at sunset, afloat LED-lit water at night, and even with your pup!

Northbrook Canoe

Where: 1810 Beagle Road, West Chester 
On-the-water options: Kayaks and canoes
What to expect: Head to Chester County to enjoy a one- to two-and-a-half- hour adventure of your choosing, kayaking or canoeing down the Brandywine River starting at either Embreeville, Corcoran’s Bridge, or Harvey’s Bridge. On the trips, which range from $60 to $70 per canoe and $50 to $60 per kayak (or BYO and they’ll transfer it for $40), you can enjoy sightings of local wildlife and picturesque farms along the way.

Philadelphia Canoe Club

Where: 4900 Ridge Avenue
On-the-water options: Canoes, kayaks, and paddle boards
What to expect: Since 1905, Philadelphia Canoe Club has been enhancing the community of local water lovers with their programming. Join them for a slew of activities, including intro to stand-up paddle boarding, canoe clinics, recreational and whitewater kayaking excursions, and more. View the full calendar here.

Port Providence Paddle

Where: 264 Canal Street, Port Providence
On-the-water options: Canoes and kayaks
What to expect: Book an excursion to kayak or canoe down the Schuylkill River Canal at Phoenixville-area Port Providence Paddle. They offer three excursions (plus a river tubing adventure) that range from two-and-a-half hours to six hours in length. A canoe will cost you $50 for the day, while a one-person kayak runs $44 for the day. There’s also the option for a tandem kayak, which is $55.

Additional reporting by Caroline Cunningham and Laura Brzyski.