One of the most unique and interesting experiences available to Philadelphia visitors is a boat tour of the Schuylkill River. There are several tours available from May through October, the most enjoyable of which is the tour that visits Bartram’s Garden, the home of colonial American botanist, John Bartram. The Bartram’s Garden tour lasts 3 hours and includes both the boat tour and a 2-hour stop at the garden with a guided tour of the 1728 house. A shorter tour lasts one hour and both tours highlight the past, present and future of the Schuylkill River.
Tours depart from the Walnut Street dock, located under the Walnut Street Bridge on the east bank (Center City side) of the Schuylkill River, and may be cancelled in inclement weather. Drinks and snacks are available for purchase on the boat. Tours are not recommended for children under the age of 4.
The Patriot is a reproduction of a classic 1920s mini commuter yacht built and is certified by the U.S. Coast Guard to carry up to 35 guests. 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 http://www.phillybyboat.com/