July 27, 2012
It’s been a hot summer, but that shouldn’t be a deterrent for getting out and enjoying all that Philadelphia has to offer in the warm weather season.
Take advantage of some of the Philadelphia region’s aquatic destinations, from swimming holes to white-water rafting attractions.
Our top picks for local water sports, below:
Tubing And White Water Rafting
• Bucks County River Country: Canoe, raft, kayak or tube — it’s your call. Bucks County River Country in Point Pleasant will shuttle you up the Delaware for a leisurely float downriver. You’ll float past some of the most beautiful scenery in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
• Delaware Valley Tubing: Take advantage of a free hot dog lunch and swimming hole in the middle of a family-friendly rafting, kayaking, tubing or canoeing trip with Delaware River Tubing, which departs from Frenchtown, New Jersey.
Canoeing And Kayaking
• Hidden River Outfitters: Hidden River Outfitters has teamed up with the Manayunk Brewing Company to provide kayaking tours of the Schuylkill River all capped off with either lunch, brunch or a frothy fresh-brewed beer of your choice.
• Paddle Penn’s Landing: Boating enthusiasts of all ages and experience levels can explore Penn’s Landing by renting a swan boat or a kayak, Saturdays and Sundays, 1-8 p.m. throughout the summer.
• Schuylkill Banks Kayak Tours: Do you prefer a little on-the-water exercise with your history and sightseeing? Then the Schuylkill Banks are where you want to be any weekend this summer for a kayak tour of the city.
• Port Providence Paddle: Water enthusiasts who want to rent have options as well: Montgomery County’s Port Providence Paddle lets you rent a canoe, kayak or paddleboat for a full-day or hourly trip.
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• Northbrook Canoe Company: Northbrook Canoe Company arranges individual water tours through Chester County’s Brandywine River, the landscape made famous by the paintings of three generations of Wyeth.
• Core Creek Park: The smooth water of Lake Luxembourg is in the heart of Core Creek Park in lower Bucks County. If you’re looking for a day on the water, you can rent canoes, kayaks and rowboats for fishing or for fun. Windsurfing and sailboats are also welcome, but only electric motors are allowed.
I’m On A Boat
• Moshulu: During these summer months, you can enjoy a drink or a meal al fresco on the Moshulu’s multi-level decks and take in the Philadelphia skyline and the shimmering lights on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.
• Coryells Ferry Boat Rides: A relaxing ride aboard this paddlewheel boat offers beautiful scenery and a boats-eye view of the Delaware River’s varied wildlife. Make sure to ask the driver about the area’s importance as a colonial ferry crossing (Coryell’s Ferry has been operating in the area since 1733), including the story about General George Washington’s crossing.
• RiverLink Ferry: The RiverLink Ferry connects Philadelphia’s Penn’s Landing to the attractions on the Camden Waterfront. This 12-minute scenic river tour gives you the opportunity to see sensational views of waterfront highlights and the City of Philadelphia’s spectacular skyline, all while floating down the impressive Delaware River.
• Sesame Place: Wet fun attractions at Sesame Place in Lower Bucks County include Big Bird’s Rambling River, Ernie’s Waterworks, Sesame Streak, Slippery Slopes, Slimey’s Chutes, Count’s Splash Castle, Sky Splash all and Bert & Ernie’s Slip and Slide. It’s a great summer spot for families, but you’ll find you’re never too old to get soaked.