One of my favorite things about Philadelphia is the old buildings and quirky history (I’m such a history nerd!). If you haven’t been to Philadelphia, I’m sure you know Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell are here, but there are a ton of other beautiful historic buildings in Philadelphia, too. One of my favorite historical spots is the iconic Boathouse Row. You may have seen beautiful pictures of it all lit up at night (I still need to go at night and get some photos!), and it’s also beautiful during the day. It’s actually still in use for college rowing teams and the Schuylkill Navy so you can often see people rowing on the river, which is pretty neat!
For a little history on Boathouse Row, there are 15 boathouses that started being built in 1858 for the Schuylkill Navy, the oldest amateur athletic governing group in the United States, named for the Schuylkill River that Boathouse Row sits on. Many of the boathouses were rebuilt over the years, and the newest one dates to 1904. There are only two original 1860 boathouses now, and you can read more about the history here.
The best view of Boathouse Row is from I-76 (if you’re brave enough to drive on it), and you can also get a great view on the Schuylkill River Trail, which is where I went for these photos. Boathouse Row is right next to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, so you can kill two birds with one stone by visiting the museum and Boathouse Row in an afternoon. I actually went right after sunrise to get these photos to make sure I had great light for the water and beautiful autumn leaves! (Stay tuned for a post on Philadelphia in the fall!)
This was taken from the art museum, and you can see the zoo balloon peaking through the trees!
There were already some rowers out at sunrise!
I love that little lighthouse!
Do you have a favorite historical spot in Philadelphia or a suggestion on where I should photograph next? Comment below! 🙂