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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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  • These mostly historic boathouses are private, but there is a public place to rent boats and another for bikes or surreys. The view from Martin Luther King Dr (FKA West River Drive) is beautiful...  more »
  • It is a special experience to drive or walk along this area and see the boathouses lining the river. A very peaceful and beautiful scene.  more »

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