With the Schuylkill and Delaware rivers at our fingertips, experiencing Philly’s most beautiful spots by kayak is a simple thing to do. Not only does kayaking offer the opportunity to take in the sights from an entirely different angle, it also carries some serious health benefits. An afternoon on the river will deliver an excellent cardiovascular workout (which is great for your heart) while also strengthening the muscles in your chest, back, arms and shoulders. In addition to the physical benefits, the tranquility you’ll discover on the water can also be instrumental in clearing your mind and improving your mental well-being.
So, the next time you’re looking for some healthy fun in the sun, check out these five prime places to visit by kayak:
1. Boathouse Row
Of all of the city’s attractions, Boathouse Row stands out with its bold colors and alignment on the Schuylkill River. Kayaking along Boathouse Row is an exciting way to enjoy the charming beauty of this National Historic Landmark.
Just past these quaint 19th-century boathouses, you can enjoy breathtaking views of the Philadelphia Museum of Art on the calm waters of the Schuylkill. Hidden River Outfitters tours give you the opportunity to take in the atmosphere of the boathouses and the greenery growing along the banks of the river surrounding you.
2. Fairmount Water Works
Designed in 1812, the Fairmount Water Works was created to provide the city with clean drinking water and became an instant wonder for its seamless blending of nature and technology. Stretching along the river and boasting gorgeous neoclassical buildings, beautiful surrounding grounds, a regal gazebo and a prime location right next to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, you’ll enjoy the superb contrast of two of the most well-known and picturesque buildings in the city.