“It's lovely to live on a raft. We had the sky up there, all speckled with stars, and we used to lay on our backs and look up at them, and discuss about whether they was made or only just happened.”  - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain

To be surrounded by nature...moving on it...and through it, is like no other feeling in the world.  Mark Twain captured its essence in a novel, and summertime invites us to experience it in person.

So here are a few ways to spend a great day on our Delaware County Rivers – starting with The Brandywine River Museum of Art's July 14th invitation to paddle down the Brandywine River like Huck Finn and Jim...

Share a river experience with friends and family at the Brandywine River Museum of Art's Annual Day on the River.
On Saturday, July 14th The Museum invites you to Tip-a-Canoe and Barbecue, Too!

This 10-hour day includes an exciting canoe trip along the Brandywine where you can savor the breathtaking views, the smells and sounds that have inspired so many local artists to capture it on canvas.  This annual event also includes a delicious barbecue by Fat Rick's, ice cream from Woodside Farms Creamery and an old fashioned barn dance with music by the band "Crazy."
  • Hours are noon to 10pm and tickets are required.  Click for More Info and to Purchase Tickets  
  • All attendees must be registered and will receive a wristband
  • You may want to bring a lawn chair or blanket
  • No pets are permitted, service animals specifically trained to aid a guest with a disability are welcome. 
  • This is a rain or shine event. Tickets are non-refundable.
Three more ways to ride a river: 
For 40 years the family-run Northbrook Canoe Company has been steering memorable trips down the scenic Brandywine Creek. Paddling is part of all modes of transportation, from canoes and kayaks to bright orange tubes for a lazier glide... 

Let the Northbrook Canoe Company plan an adventure
for you and your family - or groups of friends!
Chlorine saturated pools are everywhere, but there's nothing like the ride you take with Mother Nature all around you!

This is a perfect summer escape for families, and groups, large and small. Choose a short relaxing trip or a full day adventure on the historic Brandywine River.  For pricing, tips and registration visit the website below.

Northbrook Canoe Company
1810 Beagle Road
West Chester, PA  19382
Northbrook Canoe Company

Wilderness Canoe Trips sampling of kayaks and canoes....
Wilderness Canoe Trips, Inc. is a complete canoe and kayak outfitter, offering canoes, solo or tandem kayaks and tube trips on the Brandywine River, plus paddles, life jackets, and transportation to and from the river, safety equipment and lots of sage advice!

The experience is excellent for first-timers or group trips because of the river's meandering and gentle flow. It can also be one of the most relaxing, healthy, and enjoyable ways to spend a few hours or a full day on the water surrounded by its beautiful flora and fauna. All you need to do is pick a date, time and distance.

Wilderness Canoe Trips
2111 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803
(302) 654-2227
Wilderness Canoe Trips Website

Have a Canoe or Kayak of your own? Bring it to the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge - America's first Urban Refuge.

The Refuge is not only a great place to place for a river ride, it offers 10 miles of hiking trails and boundless
opportunities for taking fabulous photos...
The 4.5 mile segment of Darby Creek that flows through the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum is unique and scenic.

It winds through the largest freshwater marsh in Pennsylvania, which allows canoeists to see a variety of plants and animals. The refuge waters are tidal and navigable only within 2 hours before and after high tide. So before you come, call the Visitor Contact Station at 215-365-3118 for tidal info.

So much to see...
As you enter the creek at the canoe launch, you may see Canada geese feeding in the fields or a northern harrier (marsh hawk) soaring over the marsh. In the creek, you may see the eastern painted turtle or the state-endangered red-bellied turtle sunning on a log or rock. Hooded mergansers, pintails, shovelers and mallards are a few of the ducks that you may pass. Least bitterns, great egrets, black-crowned night herons and yellow warblers are among the species which nest on or near the refuge.
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John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum
8601 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19153
215-365-3118 office