The Tidal Trail is abuzz as we all go back to school. Two great events are happening on the Delaware and the Schuylkill on Saturday, September 10th.


2016 Pennsylvania Coast Day

Discover all that Pennsylvania’s coast has to boast at Pennsylvania Coast Day. This free festival will take place at Walnut Plaza (Columbus Avenue at Walnut Street) on Penn’s Landing on September 10, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visitors to Pennsylvania Coast Day will enjoy:

  • Free boat rides and tours
  • Free rowboating and swan pedal boating
  • Free t-shirts, prizes*, face painting, arts and crafts
  • Hands-on activities and exhibits
  • Enthusiasts racing their model boats
  • Fishing pole casting

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All this will be available at no cost. You can also enjoy head to the new Citizen Science Lab and Patriots & Pirates exhibit at the Independence Seaport Museum (admission rates apply).

A free, round-trip shuttle to the Fairmount Water Works will be available at Coast Day. At the Fairmount Water Works you can enjoy:

  • Live freshwater mussel demonstrations
  • The URBAN SEA art installation
  • Tours of the historic Fairmount Water Works and Schuylkill River
  • Come early for the Philly Fun Fishing Fest, from 7 to 11 a.m.

Other attractions are also within easy walking distance. Examples include Spruce Street Harbor Park and, just across the river, Adventure Aquarium and the Camden Children’s Garden.


Fishing on the Schuylkill

2016 Philly Fun Fishing Fest

The Philly Fun Fishing Fest, sponsored by Philadelphia Water, Parks and Recreation, the Pa. Fish and Boat Commission and Schuylkill Banks, will be held at Schuylkill Banks on Saturday, September 10, 2016.

The fishing contest will take place from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., followed by an 11:30 a.m. awards ceremony featuring prizes in a variety of categories. Prizes are provided by Dick’s Sporting Goods and Plano Tackle. See map above for Fish Fest boundaries.

This catch-and-release event is free and open to the public, with no fishing licenses needed for the duration of the fest. Bait and tackle is provided on a first-come, first-served basis for those who need it.

Check out prizes from last year and see our 2015 photo gallery (including some nice catches).

Registration opens Monday, Aug. 8. Visit or call 215.685.6300. Deadline to register: September 8, 2016.

Bring snacks and refreshments! A rain date is scheduled for September 18, 2016.


Don’t miss these great opportunities to get to know our rivers!