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Boat to Bartram’s Garden – Due to Covid; No Cruises in 2021

Includes a house and garden tour! • Adult $30, Child $17

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Child (12 & Under)

Schuylkill River Cruise 

Welcome aboard the Patriot for a cruise to Bartram’s Garden. The focus of this three-hour tour is the story of the Bartram family – botanists, explorers, and 18th century pioneers. Cruise to Bartram’s Garden and discover the home of America’s first great botanist, John Bartram. Take a quarter of a mile walk up the natural meadow to see amazing views of Philadelphia’s skyline and explore the historic garden, community farm, and recreational trail.

This tour includes a two-hour stop at Bartram’s Garden with an introductory tour of the newly restored 1731 house and the recently restored Ann Bartram Carr garden. Bartram’s Garden offers an opportunity to experience its rich past as it embarks on a journey towards a dynamic future. The major garden renovation and house conservation help to share the Bartram story in beautiful new ways.

These trips are co-sponsored by the Schuylkill River Development Corporation. The Patriot is a reproduction of a classic 1920’s mini commuter yacht. It is U.S. Coast Guard-approved vessel and features wrap-around seating, a fully-equipped bar, and restroom. The stern is sheltered yet open and allows guests to take in all the interesting sights along the way!

Important Note

Bartram’s Garden is a hidden jewel of the Fairmount Park System; however, it is not a landscaped garden. It is a natural wonder in an urban landscape where you step back in time to imagine what Philadelphia was like over 300 years ago. The tour includes time to explore on your own or to spread out a picnic.

Meeting Location

Walnut Street Dock at Schuylkill Banks – the Walnut Street Dock is located adjacent to the Walnut Street Pier.


For parking at Schuylkill Banks click here