Paddle the Lakes! Guided Kayak Tour of FDR Park


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Paddle the Lakes! Guided Kayak Tour of FDR Park

August 20 @ 5:00 am - 7:00 am

Did you know that FDR is the only park with publicly accessible lakes and an active boating program? Come see for yourself by joining our guided kayak tour of the three connected bodies of water: Pattison Lagoon, Edgewood Lake, and Hollander Creek.

Kayaking on the flat waters of “The Lakes” is a serene, yet exciting experience. Moving calmly through the water lets you closely observe an array of wildlife, especially the variety of bird species. An always great sight is the great blue heron who has made the rowboats in the middle of the lake its preferred park perch!

Tour departs from the FDR Boathouse and heads to the nearby Pattison Lagoon. From there, you’ll cross the main body of water, called Edgewood Lake, and head south to Hollander Creek, a body of water hidden in the woods and marshlands. Returning to the main lake, you’ll experience a rarely seen perspective of FDR Park and enjoy spectacular views of the city skyline in the distance! Experienced kayak guides will share interesting info along the way.

No gear or kayaking experience necessary — kayaking equipment and instruction provided by a professional kayak instructor

Two sessions available:
Session I: 
9:00 – 11:00AM
Session II:
 11:00AM – 1:00PM

TICKET PRICES: Pay what you can – $30, $40, or $50
[ Not sure what to pay? Please refer to this Sliding Scale Pricing FAQ for additional info. ]

MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS: If Philadelphia’s parks make a difference in your life – consider becoming a member of Fairmount Park Conservancy and help ensure that Philadelphia’s parks are enhanced for generations to come. PLUS members register first for events and enjoy discounts on park experiences including Treetop Quest, Shofuso and more!


August 20
5:00 am - 7:00 am
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FDR Park Boathouse
1500 Pattison Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19145 United States
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