Hit the River at Schuylkill Banks


If you’re looking for some wet and wild fun in the sun but don’t want to deal with the bumper-to-bumper traffic on the Atlantic City Expressway heading to the Jersey Shore, you’re in luck! A half-mile from your Edgewater apartment, Schuylkill Banks provides lots of opportunities to cool off on a warm summer day in the riverside breeze—all while being right in the middle of the city!

Schuylkill Banks is an urban oasis situated alongside the picturesque Schuylkill River. The area features a boardwalk, park, community events, free movie nights and much more. Because of its location, the Schuylkill Banks is able to take full advantage of the winding river with a whole host of water activities for people of all adventure levels and abilities.

Those who want a tame river activity can check out the riverboat tours. Through October, board a riverboat for a beautiful, yet educational, cruise down the water. Tours run Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, and participants can choose from two separate tours (or come back more than once to see both!). Secrets of the Schuylkill is a one-hour tour of the area that takes riders on a deep dive into Philly’s history, and the role that the river played in shaping it. Or, opt for the three-hour Boat to Bartram’s Garden, a scenic exploration of the nation’s oldest botanical garden.

If you want an even more personalized experience on the river, hop into a kayak for a professionally guided tour. Even if you’ve never kayaked before, have no fear! Each tour starts with a half-hour instructional lesson, followed by an hour on the river. There are both daytime and moonlight cruises, perfect for outings with family in town visiting you at your Edgewater apartment, or for a new spin on date night.

See you on the river!


Schuylkill Banks

2401 Walnut St.

Philadelphia, PA 19103