If you think that all the fun at Independence Seaport Museum is happening inside, then you haven’t really experienced the museum.
Part of the fun: Getting the fam out on the water.
Independence Seaport Museum has paddle boats to rent in the basin at Penn’s Landing, in that area between where the historic boats are docked and the walking pier. They’ve got row boats, kayaks, swans, a pirate ship and a dragon to chose from. The area isn’t too big (a blessing, since the kids will contribute zero to the actual padding/rowing) but there’s plenty to get up close to, including Cruiser Olympia and Submarine Becuna, some docked boats, and yes, those SSHP barge drinkers.
Best part? It’s beyond easy. You walk up, pay your $7 ($5 for museum members), toss on a life vest and off you go.
The boats only run until October 1st, so get moving. (Winter is coming!)
What: Paddle Penn’s Landing at Independence Seaport Museum
When: After September 5th, runs on Fridays (3 p.m. to dusk) and Sat/Sun (noon to dusk)
Price: $7 per person/$5 for museum members for 30 minutes of water time. (PS: you’ll get a $3 discount to tour the museum, Olympia and Becuna with boat rental.)
(I took my daughter last summer. Here she is, seafaring!)