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.
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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 a fun activity. Below, our list of where to find pedal boats, kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddle boards in and around Philly.
Where: Outdoor classes at Independence Seaport Museum (211 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard) and Waterfront Point in Somers Point (198 Higbee Avenue); indoor classes at AKA University City (2929 Walnut Street)
On-the-water options: Stand-up paddle boards
What to expect: Book a private or group session from their robust offering of paddle board classes, lessons and tours, which include everything from exploring the Penn’s Landing marina to testing your balance afloat a pool that’s 400 feet above street level.
Where: 5001 Grant Avenue
On-the-water options: Kayaks
What to expect: Every Saturday in 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.
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 three types of stand-up paddle boarding — open sessions, intro classes, and yoga (both sunrise and sunset!) — that currently run on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the summer. A single-class pass costs $20, but there are package options, as well.
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 for $40 to $45 per person. Hidden River offers both daytime (“Basic”) and evening (“Moonlight”) tours. You can also opt for a two-hour private stand-up paddle board lesson for $65.
Where: 211 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard
On-the-water options: Kayaks and pedal boats
What to expect: Head to the Independence Seaport Museum for six 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 and the Petty Island for 10. Or, rent a pedal boat for $12 per person (30-minute session). The pedal boats are particularly kid- and Instagram-friendly — they come in fun designs like dragons, ducks, flamingos and swans.
Where: 8601 Lindbergh Boulevard
On-the-water options: Kayaks
What to expect: Thanks to a partnership with L.L.Bean, John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge is able to provide kayaking excursions right from the urban sanctuary this summer. There are two three-hour kayaking tours — a bird-watching one that runs May through October and another that focuses on fall foliage (October only) — plus a 90-minute course dedicated to learning the basics and enjoying your natural surroundings.
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.
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.
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 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.