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Schuylkill Banks

Philadelphia’s newest riverfront destination for playing, living, working and having fun

Schuylkill Banks

The Schuylkill Banks is destination for waterfront recreation in Center City. Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia


The Experience

Spanning eight miles of riverfront winding through the heart of Philadelphia, Schuylkill Banks is open year-round for walking, jogging, cycling, picnics and dog-walking. The park stretches along the Schuylkill River and links the western edge of Center City to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Fairmount Park and Kelly Drive via the Schuylkill River Park and Trail.

Schuylkill Banks offers outdoor movie screenings in the summer, while scenic cruises and kayak tours on the river take in various historic sites.

Schuylkill Banks is part of the Schuylkill River Trail, a 23-mile link from Philadelphia to Valley Forge National Historical Park, and part of the nationally designated Schuylkill River National Heritage Area. Plans call for a continuous trail following the river, which starts in the headwaters of Schuylkill County and winds 130 miles down to its confluence with the Delaware River, at the southern tip of the city of Philadelphia.

Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk

Philadelphia’s fantastic outdoor spaces continue to grow with the opening of the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk in Fall 2014.

Extending the popular Schuylkill River Trail, the Boardwalk is a 2,000-foot-long concrete pathway along the shoreline from Locust Street another four blocks south to connect to the South Street Bridge. The pathway connects to the South Street Bridge via a 460-foot-long ramp that provides pedestrian, bicycle and ADA-compliant access to the Schuylkill River Trail.

The riverside path is 15-feet wide and includes four scenic overlooks for those who want to relax and take in spectacular waterfront views of the Philadelphia Skyline.

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Come Prepared

Schuylkill Banks is a great summer retreat, offering special activities all season long. Check out the Meet Me on the Banks Activity Guide for a complete schedule of kayak tours, movies, river cruises and more.

Outsider’s Tip

Schuylkill Banks can be accessed by ramps from Market and Chestnut Streets, stairs at Walnut Street and JFK Boulevard or at-grade crossings at Locust Street, Race Street and Martin Luther King Drive. The Locust and Race Street access points cross an active rail line – please cross carefully.

Volunteer at the new Schuylkill Banks Center

The Schuylkill Banks Center is a mini-visitor center for Schuylkill Banks. It has maps, tour tickets, merchandise and more. The Center is currently seeking volunteers. Find out more at the Schuylkill Banks website.


25th Street and Locust Street
(One of several access points)
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 222-6030

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