On-Water Programming

Independence Seaport Museum is happy to announce that we are launching our waterfront programming on May 28!  Read on for on-water options and important information to know before joining us!  Sea you on the water.

Ways to Get Out on the Water This Season

There are plenty of ways to get out on the water with Independence Seaport Museum! Options include:

  • Paddle Penn's LandingExplore the Penn's Landing basin safely in a paddleboat with friends or family. 
  • Kayak ExcursionsFeeling adventurous?  Register for one of several kayaking excursions to various destinations around Philadelphia.  With varying levels of difficulty, there is something for everyone! 

Museum Members also receive special discounts and offers for on-water programming at ISM. Not a member? Sign up today!



Important Information to Know for Summer 2021

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 trip 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?  Yes!  Your household can rent a Swan, Dragon, Duck, or Flamingo, a rowboat, or a kayak for a 30-minute session in our boat basin.

What days are you offering waterfront programming?  Paddle Penn's Landing will be open 7 days a week (weather permitting), starting May 28, 2021!  Kayak excursions will be offered most weekends from May-September.  If conditions allow, additional dates may be added in the fall.

Do we need to purchase PPL tickets in advance?  No, although we highly recommend it!  Secure your boat online ahead of time to help us encourage social distancing.  You must purchase tickets in advance for kayak excursions.

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

  • We are encouraging social distancing and limiting capacities in our lines and on our docks.
  • 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 of 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 daily.  High-touch areas on the docks will also be sanitized regularly.
  • 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 staff members 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 systems 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.