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Penn’s Landing to Schuylkill Banks

Two Rivers By Boat! • Adult $35, Child $17 • 1.75 Hours

Step aboard the Patriot for a leisurely cruise from Penn's Landing to Walnut Street on the Schuylkill River.

Cruise Two Philadelphia Rivers 

This unique trip contrasts Philadelphia’s lost waterfront on the Delaware River with the rebirth of the banks along the Schuylkill River. Sit back and enjoy Philadelphia’s surprisingly gorgeous rivers. During this one hour and 45 minute cruise, you join the Patriot crew for a journey covering over 300 years of Philadelphia’s history.

During the trip we explore the following:

  • William Penn’s original City of Brotherly Love.
  • The rapid expansion of the city during the colonial and Revolution eras along the Delaware waterfront.
  • The industrial age that resulted in the City of Philadelphia growing from 2 square miles into roughly 130 square miles.
  • The 20th century development of Center City.
  • The decline of Philadelphia from the 1950s through the 1980s with the Navy Yard as an example.
  • The City’s attempt to rejuvinate Society Hill.
  • The vertical growth of the city since 1987 when One Liberty Place replaced William Penn atop City Hall as the highest point in Philadelphia.
  • The rebirth of Philadelphia’s waterfronts along the Delaware River at the Navy Yard and up the Schuylkill Banks.
  • The future of Philadelphia’s waterfronts at Penn’s Landing, the Navy Yard, the Bartram Mile and the Schuylkill Banks.
  • This tour is very lightly narrated and should be considered a pleasant journey around Philadelphia rather than a fact specific tour. If you are specifically looking for a heavily narrated tour, we offer several other tours including the Walnut to Walnut that covers the same area.

Come aboard the Patriot and experience 300 years of American history along our great waterfront.

Important Note

We depart and arrive at two different locations for this trip. Our arrival dock on the Schuylkill River is approximately 2 miles away and there are several options for returning to the departure location including taxi cabs, Uber or SEPTA bus or trains.

Meeting Location

We depart from the Seaport Museum dock at Penn’s Landing. The dock is attached to the Seaport boat shop at the North end of the marina adjacent to the Hilton Hotel. The Seaport Museum’s street address is 211 South Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Please plan to arrive at the dock at least 15 minutes before our scheduled departure time. We cannot wait for late arrivals.


Penn’s Landing has several surface parking lots that cost approximately $20 to park. Another option is to park at the Hilton Hotel. There is also metered parking that is free on Sundays in the vicinity of Penn’s Landing.