Waterfront Programming FAQs

Waterfront Programming FAQs

Important Information to Know for Summer 2020

The Museum is happy to announce that we are launching our waterfront programming on July 25!  This season, in order to ensure your safety-and the safety of our crew-we are offering two on-water options: kayak excursions and Paddle Penn's Landing Presents: Boatin' in the Basin.  Rent a family-friendly swan during Boatin' in the Basin on Wednesdays or join an adults-only kayak excursion on the weekend.  Purchasing tickets in advance are required for all waterfront programs.   

Independence Seaport Museum has implemented new procedures for visitors prior to and during their visit.  Please scroll down for important information as you plan your trips to our docks.

By participating in an Independence Seaport Museum program, participants voluntarily assume all risks related to potential exposure to COVID-19 in or about Independence Seaport Museum.  The Museum has modified its experience to adhere to safety guidelines and protocol.  

Is Paddle Penn's Landing opening this season?  No.  In order to limit capacity, encourage social distancing, and ensure the regular and proper sanitation of boats, paddles, life jackets and other equipment, ISM has decided to offer Paddle Penn's Landing Presents: Boatin' in the Basin instead of our traditional Paddle Penn's Landing program.  During Boatin' in the Basin , your household can rent a Swan, Dragon, Duck of Flamingo for an hour-long session in our boat basin. 

What days are you offering waterfront programming?  Similar to past seasons, kayak excursions will be offered most weekends from July 25-Early September.  If conditions allow, additional dates may be added in the fall.

Boatin' in the Basin will operate on Wednesdays only.  A one-hour long session will be be offered at 4PM and a second one-hour long session at 6PM. 

Do we need to purchase tickets in advance? Yes!  To limit capacity on the docks, and to encourage social distancing, you must purchase tickets in advance for both kayak excursions and Boatin' in the Basin.  Online ticketing is now open on each page respectively. 

Here is some additional information regarding tickets:

  • Waterfront programming tickets are being sold by boat, not by person, this season.  See the Kayak Excursion FAQs and/or the Boatin' in the Basin FAQs for capacity information. 
  • Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis.  We will be selling 15 tickets for each kayak excursion and 9 tickets for each Boatin' in the Basin session.  You will need to select your date, time and type of vessel prior to checking out while you are purchasing tickets.

What safety precautions are the Waterfront Crew implementing for visitor safety?  The Museum takes the safety of visitors and staff very seriously.  Here are some changes we've implemented on our docks:

  • We are limiting Boatin' in the Basin programming to Pedal Boats only.  A maximum of 9 boats (excluding safety boats) will be on the water during each sessions.  We highly recommend sharing a boat with a member of your household.
  • Kayak excursions will be limited to 15 participants per session.
  • Everyone entering the gangway must wear a face mask while they are on the docks.  Once you have boarded your vessel and departed the docks, you may remove your mask as long as you have at least 6 feet distance between your vessel and all other vessels on the water.  You will be required to wear your mask when returning to the dock.
  • As always, properly fitted life jackets are required for the entire duration of your session.
  • Boats, paddles, life jackets and other equipment will be sanitized after each use.  High touch areas on the docks will also be sanitized regularly.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available on the docks.  We highly encourage visitors to use hand sanitizer before and after renting a vessel.
  • In addition to our regular safety concerns, safety boaters will be encouraging renters to maintain a safe social distance from other vessels.  Renters that consistently fail to leave an appropriate social distance between their vessel and others may be asked to leave the water.

Additionally, ISM staffer members will:

  • Will certify to health checks daily.
  • Will be wearing face masks on the docks. 

Independence Seaport Museum also requires that if you (or anyone in your party) are experiencing the following symptoms to please stay home:

  • Fever
  • Cough 
  • Shortness of breath
  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • Bluish lips or face
  • Any other symptoms/emergency warning signs as identified by the CDC 

Additionally, if you (or anyone in your party) may have been exposed to an individual that has had COVID-19 we ask that you do not visit the Museum or participate in any programs for fourteen (14) days.

Independence Seaport Museum reserves the right to refuse service to any visitor who is not in compliance with the policies/conditions listed above.