The Independence Seaport Museum’s on-water programming returns next month with “Paddle Penn’s Landing” and four other unique kayak excursions that let you experience the Delaware River up close. Download the GoPhillyGo Android app or save the mobile site to your mobile device’s home screen for easy walking, biking, and transit directions to the Seaport Museum and parks, trails, and more in the Philadelphia region.
COVID-19 affected the Seaport Museum’s on-water programming and many other aspects of our lives last year, so this year, the Seaport Museum is taking extra precautions to ensure the safety of its staff and guests. GoPhillyGo spoke to Alexis Furlong, Director of Marketing and Communications, about what’s new and what is back for this season.
According to Furlong, the disruption and adjustments that needed to be made last year due to COVID-19 were a test run for opening this season. “We learned a lot last year with regard to cleaning and safety measures,” Furlong said. “Thankfully we are able to do our on-water programming.” Furlong says registration will be capped at 15 people and hand sanitizing stations will be available. Face coverings are required while on the dock and in the launching area, however people will be allowed to remove their mask once they are on the water and at least 6 feet away from all other kayaks. You can view the museum’s on water programming FAQ page here with more details and how to prepare for your excursion.
“Paddle Penn’s Landing” opens on May 28th and features two new styles of paddle boats. Visitors will be able to paddle around the basin near Spruce Street Harbor Park in four seat capacity flamingos and yellow ducks in addition to swans, dragons, rowboats, or kayaks. The 2021 Kayak excursions include trips to Petty’s Island, the Three Sisters Shipwreck, and Graffiti Pier which Furlong says is the most popular. “It’s such a cool view of it from the river,” Furlong said. “It’s just so great to go and see the artwork.” The Sunset Paddle is also returning for its second year. Learn the basics of kayaking, then leave the basin for a quick trip on the water to watch the sunset behind the Philly skyline.
Furlong hopes visitors will have fun and leave with a new understanding of the river and its importance to our lives. “A lot of times people just turn on their tap, and they don’t know where it comes from and how many people get their water from the Delaware River watershed,” Furlong said. “We want them to learn about the river, and encourage them to make changes in their lives that will help prolong the health of the river and watershed.”