Paddle Penn's Landing FAQs

Paddling around our boat basin is a fun and memorable experience. You will likely get a nice workout, too! While we want you to enjoy your paddling adventure, safety is our priority. Here are answers to a few frequently asked questions to keep you floating securely all season long. 

Where are you located? Find us between Columbus Blvd. and the Delaware River on Penn's Landing, behind the Hilton Hotel and in front of our Workshop on the Water at Independence Seaport Museum. 

Do you rent boats? How much? Yes, Paddle Penn’s Landing offers swan boats, rowboats and kayaks for rent. Rental fees are $10 per person per half hour. 

Do I need experience or a boat license to rent a boat?  Everyone is welcome! No experience needed for swan boats and rowboats. 

Can I reserve a boat? All boat rentals are first come, first serve. Photo IDs are required for all rentals.

Are there age requirements? Yes, age requirements do apply for kayak rentals. Children must be 9 years old to take out a tandem kayak with an adult, and 11 years old to take out a single kayak. All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied on the water by a legal parent or guardian.

Are there weight requirements? Renters must weigh more than 35 pounds to safely fit in their life vests. All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied on the water by a legal parent or guardian on the water. Boat ratings vary by number of passengers and weight limits. Paddle Penn's Landing staff will help you make the safest choice when renting. We retain the right to restrict the number of passengers aboard the boat to ensure the safety of all renters. 

Do I have to wear a life jacket? Yes, your safety is important to us. All renters must wear a properly secured life jacket while on the water. Safety equipment is provided with your rental fee. We remind you that it is your responsibility to check this equipment before leaving the dock. 

Where can I go with the rental boat? You can explore the basin as directed by the Dock Staff during your rental. Typically, you are allowed to explore up to the Mainmast of the Cruiser Olympia.

How long is the rental and what happens if I stay out longer? Boat rentals are for 30 minutes. It is your responsibility to return the boat within the rental time. 

What happens in the case of inclement weather? The Museum reserves the right to close Paddle Penn’s Landing if the weather is deemed unsafe, for example: thunder and lightning, excessive heat or excessive wind. If you have purchased a ticket and are unable to go on the water, you can turn your tickets in for a refund. If your ride has been cut short by more than 10 minutes, you may be entitled to a refund.  

Will my clothes get wet? You can expect to get wet when renting a boat or kayak.  Kayaks, in particular, sit very low on the surface of the water and the seats do often have water inside.

Can I bring food or beverages into the boats? No. Your safety and the safety of our environment are extremely important to us. Please enjoy your snack or drink prior to boarding or after the completion of your rental. 

Can Spot and Fido row or pedal? We love all animals, but neither Spot nor Fido, nor any pets, are allowed in boat rentals.

Can I smoke in the boats or on the dock? No, smoking, including vaping, on the boats and docks is prohibited. 

We reserve the right to refuse use of equipment or facilities if the renter or customer, in our judgement, appears to be unfit to safely rent or operate a boat, under the influence of a substance, or otherwise in a situation that might affect their own safety or the safety of others. We reserve the right to call in rented boats that are improperly or unsafely handled.