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16 Aug 2010

Hooked on Philly Fish Fest

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August 16, 2010 Category: Local Posted by:

The lower Schuylkill River has a few surprises under its tidal surface. Best known for its river boat and kayak tours, and a host of seasonal regattas, the Schuylkill is home to more than 40 fish species including catfish, carp and perch—all ready to go hook, line and sinker to anglers looking for a great catch.


On Saturday, September 11, 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM, the Philadelphia Water Department and Department of Parks and Recreation will hold their annual family fishing event, called Philly FUN Fishing Fest, on Schuylkill Banks. The free festival is designed for fishing enthusiasts of all ages and abilities. A fishing license is not required, and there will be a limited supply of fishing gear available on loan on a first-come, first-serve basis. A variety of prizes will also be awarded during a ceremony which will be held on Schuylkill Banks by the Walnut Street Dock following the event. For more information on the Fishing Fest, visit: or


Schuylkill Banks is the best place in the city to experience the waterfront in the heart of Philadelphia . From movies and festivals to river boats and kayaks, this 1.2 mile landscaped waterfront park and trail provides visitors with an unparalleled urban river experience. Now in its sixth year of offering diverse events for people of all ages, Schuylkill Banks has added additional activities for the 2010 programming season.


Schuylkill Banks will offer River Tours departing from the Walnut Street Dock on select Saturdays, Sundays and Thursdays September 5 through October 31 including. Tour offerings include a one-hour fun and fact-filled guided boat tour that highlights the past, present and future of the Schuylkill River, and another that leaves Center City by boat and travels down the Schuylkill to tour historic Bartram’s Garden. A complete schedule is available online at and tickets can be purchased by calling 1.888.RIV.PHIL (748.7445).


On select Saturdays and Sundays through September 25, Hidden River Outfitters will be offering professionally guided Kayak Tours, departing from the Walnut Street Dock. The kayak tours include a half hour of instruction. Specialty tours consist of a romantic Moonlight Paddle and an advanced kayak tour to Bartram’s Garden. A complete schedule is available at and reservations can be made by calling 215-222-6030, ext.103.


On Thursday, Sept. 2, Schuylkill Banks will show the film, National Treasure, the final installment of Schuylkill Banks’ popular, free summer movie series. The movies begin at dusk, and include free popcorn, pretzels, and drinks. Movie-goers can also enter for a chance to win a gift donated by IKEA or Miss Rachel’s Pantry.

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