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Boathouse Row, Philadelphia

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Boathouse Row is a historic site located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on the east bank of the Schuylkill River, just north of the Fairmount Water Works and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It consists of a row of 15 boathouses housing social and rowing clubs and their racing shells. Each of the boathouses has its own history, and all have addresses on both Boathouse Row and Kelly Drive (named after famous Philadelphia oarsman John B. Kelly Jr.).

Boathouses #2 through #14 are part of a group known as the Schuylkill Navy, which encompasses several other boathouses along the river. Boathouse #1 is Lloyd Hall and is the only public boathouse facility on the Row. Boathouse #15 houses the Sedgeley Club, which operates the Turtle Rock Lighthouse. The boathouses are all at least a century old, and some were built over 150 years ago.

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  • Lovely views! I came in the afternoon and am bummed I didn't return at night. The walkway is slightly busy with people working out, but as long as you are prepared for that it is not a big deal.  more »
  • I love running along the river to the Wiss...park. wish Philadelphia invested more in preserving old buildings like this and respect its architectural legacy. The view from both sides of the river is....  more »

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