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Philadelphia, PA
Schuylkill River


Bartram’s Garden is a place where people of all ages can access one of Philadelphia’s greatest natural resources, the Lower Schuylkill River—the eight-mile stretch of river from the Fairmount Dam at the Art Museum to the Delaware River confluence. This wide, calm, flat water section of the Schuylkill, which has no commercial traffic, is tidal; the river rises and falls with the cycles of the moon.

At its Community Boathouse, Bartram’s Garden offers free kayaking and rowboating every Saturday, May through September. Visitors may also launch their own boats from a public dock, with no launch permit required. Bartram’s Garden also offers small group kayak tours of the unique landscape, refineries, and industrialized areas of the lower Schuylkill River. Each June, the organization sponsors its annual Riverfest & Tidal Schuylkill Boat Parade. 


The John Bartram Association’s mission is to protect and enhance the landmark Bartram’s Garden and House; advance the Bartram legacy of discovery, gardening, and art; and inspire people of all ages to care for the natural world.