A trip along Philly’s “Hidden River” aka the Schuylkill

It seems I love showing off my city as much as I love it! I spent the weekend exploring William Penn’s original city


(with side trips to the Art Museum and Chestnut Hill) with some friends from England. We had a wonderful time seeing the sights and some of my favorite spots (although the Dream Garden was closed for a private party!) I focused on the five original squares because there is just so much to see and do, and we only had 2 1/2 days to spend.

I won’t go into all the things we did, except to say that our ramblings involved a lot of walking on Walnut St, including a trip to the Schuylkill Banks (my first visit) and a Secrets of the Schuylkill cruise on the Patriot, a boat out of the Patriot Harbor Lines Philly By Boat.

I’ve spent many years driving, walking, and crossing the Schuylkill without once spending any time on the water, so although initially I scheduled this cruise to show my friends a bit of the city from a different perspective, it was a first for me as well. I plan to go back and cruise again, and may do the Walnut to Walnut repositioning cruise before they shut down at the end of October.

I highly recommend this cruise for natives and visitors alike!


Our chariot awaits!


Schuylkill Banks landing, under the Walnut Street bridge


Heading north towards the skyline


The Art Museum behind the trees


The Water Works-stunning technology in its day

After a look at the falls and Boathouse Row, we turned around and headed south towards the industrial part of the river. Schuylkill Banks is working to continue the trail down to this area, and they have their work cut out for them!


Hopefully this incredible swing bridge will become part of the trail


Light along the banks


Reflections at sunset


One last look

Thanks for reading! Look for more posts from my city, Philly, soon!

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