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Beaches, Lakes & Boating

The rivers are navigable and the lakes are large, so you’ll have plenty of room for your boat — whether it’s under sail or motor. If conditions are favorable, you can make it to the Atlantic Ocean by nightfall, and there’s always the Chesapeake Bay!

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  • Nockamixon State Park

    The largest lake in Southeastern Pennsylvania, accompanied by a 5,283-acre park

    Lake Nockamixon State Park

    Offering more than 1,450 acres and four public launching areas, Lake Nockamixon is a popular spot for boating of all kinds, including catamarans and windsurfers. Anglers also enjoy this warm, expansive water lake, which is stocked with a variety of species.

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  • Thomas Eakins Head of the Schuylkill Regatta

    An exciting, two-day race that draws fans from around the world

    Enjoy a great fall weekend in Fairmount Park and take in a picturesque fall regatta at the Thomas Eakins Head of the Schuylkill Regatta

    October 25 – 26
    Enjoy a great fall weekend in Fairmount Park and take in a picturesque fall regatta at the Thomas Eakins Head of the Schuylkill Regatta, one of the longest running head races in the country.

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  • Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Festival

    A colorful celebration of an ancient Chinese tradition

    Stroll up Kelly Drive along the Schuylkill River for an unusually colorful and dramatic regatta, the Philadelphia Dragon Boat Festival, Philadelphia’s annual celebration of an ancient Chinese tradition.

    Saturday, October 4
    Stroll up Kelly Drive along the Schuylkill River for an unusually colorful and dramatic regatta, the Philadelphia Dragon Boat Festival, Philadelphia’s annual celebration of an ancient Chinese tradition.

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  • Silver Lake Nature Center

    235 acres for kayaking, bird walks, pond tours and seasonal festivals

    Silver Lake Nature Center features a butterfly garden, lakes, marshes, meadows, a bog and 4.5 miles of nature trails.

    Silver Lake Nature Center features a butterfly garden, lakes, marshes, meadows, a bog and 4.5 miles of nature trails that highlight the diverse plant and animal life in the area.

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  • Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta

    The largest collegiate regatta in the United States

    Dad Vail Regatta on the Schuylkill

    The two-day race is held on the Schuylkill River in beautiful Fairmount Park, one of the most famous and scenic rowing routes in the world.

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  • Patriot Harbor Lines

    Boat tours of the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers

    Tour both the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers aboard Patriot Harbor Lines.

    Offering excursions along the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers, Patriot Harbor Lines welcomes up to 35 guests on its reproduction of a classic 1920s commuter yacht.

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  • North Shore Swim Club

    Making waves

    A premium hang on the northern edge of NoLibs, this swim club attracts an attractive crowd with tunes, drinks and chill space.

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  • American Sailing Tours

    Sail the Delaware River aboard a Chinese Junk-rigged schooner

    Sailing along the Delaware River

    See Philadelphia a whole new way aboard the 48’ schooner Summer Wind. Enjoy 90-minute sailing tours up to 6 times every day, from an early morning History Sail to the famous Sunset Sail or even a late-night Moonlight Sail.

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  • Mainstream Outfitters

    Full or half-day guided fishing trips

    Get the most out of your fishing trip with a little help from experienced guides. Whether it’s trout or bass, salt or freshwater, Mainstream Outfitters can help you find your fish with one of their guided fishing trips.

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  • Northbrook Canoe Company

    Kayaking, canoeing and tubing along the scenic Brandywine River

    Northbrook Canoe Company

    Northbrook Canoe Company offers kayaking, canoeing and tubing along the scenic Brandywine River in Chester County, Pennsylvania, about an hour southwest of Philadelphia.

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  • Lake Nockamixon Whitewater Release

    Whitewater rafting right here in the Delaware Valley

    Whitewater rafting, with Class 3 and 4 rapids, right here in the Delaware Valley

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  • John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum

    Pennsylvania’s largest remaining freshwater tidal marsh

    With 1000 acres, ten miles of trails and many native wildlife and plants, the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum protects the largest fresh water tidal marsh in Pennsylvania.

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  • Green Lane Park

    Overnight equestrian camping amid wooded trails and gorgeous views

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  • Peace Valley Park

    Lake Galena, at 365 acres, is a favorite recreational spot

    Bring a picnic for a lakeside lunch, or paddle out onto the glassy waters of Lake Galena and hook a bass, walleye, catfish, bluegill or carp.

    Fourteen miles of trails are just one of the many outdoor activities that Peace Valley Park has to offer. Bring a picnic for a lakeside lunch, or paddle out onto Lake Galena and hook a bass, walleye, catfish, bluegill or carp. The bird blind at the Peace Valley Nature Center next door offers quiet observation of cardinals, woodpeckers, finches, titmice, sparrows and more.

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  • Delaware River Tubing

    A leisurely float down the Delaware, with lunch along the way

    A leisurely float down the Delaware, with lunch along the way

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  • Delaware River Fly Fishing Service

    Full, half-day and overnight fly fishing adventures on the Delaware River

    Full, half-day and overnight fly fishing adventures on the Delaware River.

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