Kayaking Excursions

See you on the water in Spring/Summer 2020 for more kayak excursions!

Join Independence Seaport Museum for exciting kayaking adventures on the Delaware River, and beyond. Excursions are a unique way to spend a Saturday or a new alternative to happy hour. Take in the city from a different perspective — on the water — with these fun recreational outings. 

Graffiti Pier

Paddle 6 miles with us to one of Philadelphia's most Instagrammable locations: Graffiti Pier. We'll pass by this landmark location and see it from the water. Penn Treaty Park will be another stop on this kayaking adventure. This excursion is best suited for intermediate to advanced paddlers. Must be at least 18 years of age to participate. 

Three Sisters Shipwreck with Kayaking Tutorial 

Head out on an easy, guided, 3-mile expedition. Are you comfortable around the water but new to kayaking? Want some practice before setting out on a longer tour? Then this may be the right excursion for you! This expedition starts with time in the protected area of the Penn's Landing Marina for kayaking practice, lessons, and guidance from experienced kayaking guides. Once confident with the basics, head out on an easy guided expedition on the Delaware River to check out what remains of the Three Sisters shipwreckMust be at least 18 years of age to participate.

Petty's Island 

This 10-mile kayaking excursion is for the experienced paddler and nature lover. The trek will lead to Petty's Island, a 292-acre island in the middle of the Delaware River. Gear up to explore the secluded waterways surrounding Petty’s Island and bring your own picnic lunch. Perfect for preparing for the Walnut2Walnut Challenge. This excursion is best suited for intermediate to advanced paddlers. Must be at least 18 years of age to participate.

Eco Tours

Have you heard that the Delaware River supplies 15 million people with their drinking water – including all of Philadelphia? Join us for an eco-adventure to learn more about the Delaware River watershed and the important role it plays in the local ecosystem. Find out how the health of the river has been transformed since the passing of the Clean Water Act and learn about easy steps you can take to improve the health of your local waterways.

Go for a leisurely two-hour paddle and learn about your local waterway. Suitable for beginner paddlers. Must be at least 18 years of age to participate.

All excursions are guided and include a safety orientation and kayaking introduction. Life jackets must be worn at all times. 

Questions? Check out our Kayaking Excursion FAQs here.

Paddling times depend on weather conditions, tides, experience, and guided stops. Return times are estimates. Please arrive 30 minutes early. We will be leaving promptly at departure time. Paddles may be canceled for inclement weather events, such as wind, excessive heat or excessive rain, and registered attendees will be notified ideally 12-24 hours beforehand.

Kayaking excursions at Independence Seaport Museum were financed in part by a grant from the Community Conservation Partnerships Program Environmental Stewardship Fund under the administration of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation administered through the Pennsylvania Environmental Council's Pennsylvania Water Trails Partnership Mini Grant Program.