Boathouse Row

November 7, 2016 28 Comments

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!)

Boathouse Row Philadelphia

This was taken from the art museum, and you can see the zoo balloon peaking through the trees!

Boathouse Row Philadelphia

Boathouse Row Philadelphia

Boathouse Row Philadelphia

Boathouse Row Philadelphia

There were already some rowers out at sunrise!

Boathouse Row Philadelphia

I love that little lighthouse!

Boathouse Row Philadelphia

Do you have a favorite historical spot in Philadelphia or a suggestion on where I should photograph next? Comment below! 🙂 

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28 Comments

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    Laura @ Our Next Adventure

    November 13, 2016

    These photos are stunning! I just love the fall colors!

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      Julia

      November 13, 2016

      Thank you! 🙂 Fall has been so beautiful in Philadelphia!

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    deena

    November 13, 2016

    OMG those images, are so realistic, love the write up and history you provided. Thanks for sharing

    • Reply

      Julia

      November 13, 2016

      Thank you! 🙂

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    Sarah

    November 13, 2016

    Love your photos! Especially with the birds perched! Are those boathouses privately owned now?

    • Reply

      Julia

      November 13, 2016

      Thank you! 🙂 I believe they’re all owned by different groups! I know Drexel and Penn each have one for their rowing teams.

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    cindy ladage

    November 12, 2016

    What beautiful views, I didn’t know about the boathouses!

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      Julia

      November 12, 2016

      Yes, they’re pretty neat!

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    Vegancruiser

    November 12, 2016

    How quaint and idyllic! Not what I would have expected of Philly – thank you for showing an unexpected side of such a large city! I love Boston but should travel elsewhere on the east coast 🙂

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      Julia

      November 12, 2016

      Yes, Philadelphia has some pretty great views! 🙂

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    Robin

    November 12, 2016

    Gorgeous photos!!! I grew up in Philly and always loved wandering over to Boathouse Row after a day at the art museum ☺️

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      Julia

      November 12, 2016

      Thank you! Yes, it’s such a beautiful area! 🙂

  7. Reply

    Ashley B.

    November 12, 2016

    Beautiful photos! I haven’t been to Philly in years, but my experience was much more different lol

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      Julia

      November 12, 2016

      Thank you! Where did you go in Philly?

  8. Reply

    Karen

    November 9, 2016

    Love your photos. I wish I had seen these when I was in Philly. The magic gardens seem cool

    • Reply

      Julia

      November 9, 2016

      Thank you! 🙂 Yes Magic Gardens is a really cool place!

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    D @ Be You and Thrive

    November 9, 2016

    Such gorgeous Fall color! Beautiful post! Thanks for sharing!
    xo ~ D
    Be you and thrive

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      Julia

      November 9, 2016

      Thank you! 🙂

  10. Reply

    Sherell

    November 9, 2016

    Those pictures are absolutely gorgeous. You are very talented. Wow!

    • Reply

      Julia

      November 9, 2016

      Thank you so much! 🙂

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    Megan Renee Thompson

    November 9, 2016

    WOW! These are beyond stunning. You captured fall so beautifully!!

    • Reply

      Julia

      November 9, 2016

      Thank you so much! 🙂

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    Katell

    November 9, 2016

    What a quaint little place!! Gloriously displaying fall too!

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      Julia

      November 9, 2016

      Yes, it’s one of my favorite spots in Philly!

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    Rachel

    November 7, 2016

    Julia these photos are beautiful!! If I ever get to go to Philly again I will have to make a stop here!

    http://imperfectlyrachel.blogspot.com/

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      Julia

      November 8, 2016

      Thank you! 🙂 Yes let me know the next time you’ll be in Philly!

  14. Reply

    Em

    November 7, 2016

    Oh wow. How beautiful and autumnal are these photos. Just stunning. And those reflection *swoon*! x

    • Reply

      Julia

      November 7, 2016

      Thank you so much! 🙂

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