A refreshing and adventurous activity to try out this summer!
If adventure is calling you this summer, trying out a new sport like kayaking, canoeing, or paddleboarding! Philadelphia is in the perfect place for paddle sports since it has the Delaware River on one side and the Schuylkill River on the other. Below are some places the discover these sports and try something new!
On the Delaware River
1. Independence Seaport Museum
Partnering with Paddle Penns Landing, the Independence Seaport Museum offers a place where you can rent a kayak, rowboat, or pedal boat in the shape of a swan, flamingo, yellow duck, or dragon. If you aren’t feeling as adventurous to try kayaking, settle for the fun and cute pedal boats! It’s located near Spruce Street Harbor Park so after this adventure, grab a drink or bite to eat at the waterfront park that allocates food trucks and beer gardens.
Where: 211 S. Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19106
2. Aqua Vida
Aqua Vida is a business that specializes in making sustainable yoga clothing and teaches yoga and fitness on paddleboards. You can now participate in a yoga and fitness class like you have never done before! Floating yoga is becoming a popular hobby, so why not give it a try this summer. You can also rent paddleboards and go off on your own or go on an aquatic tour on the waterfront of Philly.
Where: Marina, Philadelphia, PA 19106,
3. Driftwood Water Adventure
This is the place to go for a true nature adventure. With two locations about a 45 minute drive outside of Philly, you can rent a paddleboard, kayak, or canoe and explore unique sceneries and get some fresh air. Their Falls Park location is on a lac where wildlife strives, you might cross fish and turtles as well as many kinds of birds. The Tyler State Park location is on the upper Neshaminy creek that is surrounded by a lush forest with many birds, fish, and turtles to paddle by. Explore these calm waters on a relaxing day in the great outdoors!
Where: 9050 Millcreek Road, Levittown, PA 19054 (Falls Park); 101 Swamp Road, Newtown PA, 18940 (Tyler State Park)
On the Schuylkill River
4. Hidden River Outfitters
This family owned Philadelphian business believes that nature, exercise, and relaxing are important factors to incorporate in everyday life. They offer basic kayaking tours and unique moonlight tours where you kayak with a trained professional in the dark with the moon as your guide. Their movie night kayak tour is given at dusk before the outdoor movie at Schuylkill Banks starts. As they say on their website, “whether the intrigue of kayaking for you lies in perfecting a skill, taking extended trips or just finding some quiet time on the water, we will take you there.”
Where: Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
5. Port Providence Paddle
Take a day trip to this scenic spot to soak up the summer sun, explore this part of the Schuylkill River and splash in the water. They offer four tours you can do on a kayak, canoe, or double kayak, that traverse the River at variable distances. The lush green forests surrounding the river will make you forget that the city is only an hour drive away.
Where: 264 Canal Street, Phoenixville, PA 19460
6. Outward Bound School
For over 25 years, Outward Bound School has been teaching adults and youths about “problem-solving, conflict resolution, leadership skills and, above all, compassion” through the many activities the school offers, such as paddle sports. This non-profit organization offers many courses where participants hike and canoe while exploring the values of leadership and overcoming challenges as a group. If this sounds like the adventure for you, purchase your ticket here!
Where: 3401 Reservoir Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19121
[Featured image: Port Providence Paddle]