Want to know the best time to see Philadelphia’s famous Boathouse Row? At sunrise in the fall a few days before Daylight Savings Time. It’s a very specific time and date and very early in the morning, but it’s worth it! And I am going to show you why 🙂
The best place to see fall leaves in Philadelphia
Last year, I went to see Boathouse Row at sunrise in the fall, and it was gorgeous! I made a little mistake though- I went the weekend of Daylight Savings Time, which meant that sunrise was at 6 a.m. instead of 7 a.m., and giving 45 minutes to drive and walk to the spot to see Boathouse Row, I had quite the early morning! (Shout out to Matt for always coming with me on my crazy photography adventures!) So learn from my mistake last year and go before the time change. Because I didn’t have to go quite so early this year, I also got to see Boathouse Row all lit up with Christmas lights, which was absolutely beautiful.
I love the Philly skyline!
I mentioned this in last year’s post about Boathouse Row, but I love how the historic boathouses are still being used. One of the perks of seeing Boathouse Row so early in the morning is you get to see rowers on the Schuylkill River!
Aren’t the fall colors beautiful?
I couldn’t get enough of the boathouses!
The sun rises behind the art museum, but the colors in the sky on the opposite side are also beautiful
The sunrise over Philadelphia Museum of Art
After getting my fill of photos, we walked towards the park around the Philadelphia Museum of Art to see more of the fall colors. I loved how yellow so many of the trees were! The park around the museum is pretty empty this time of day, and we only saw a few people out for runs so you can have the area almost all to yourself.
Annika loved our early morning hike!
So yes, getting up before the sun is pretty early, but it’s so worth it to see the beautiful fall colors! (I also have other recommendations to see fall colors in Philadelphia if you’re in the city). The area is very empty (because who else is crazy enough to get up that early?), and seeing Boathouse Row at sunrise during fall is one of the most beautiful sights in Philadelphia! 🙂