The Historic Fairmount Water Works: Inside & Out
Tour this National Historic Landmark, Civil Engineering Landmark, and National Mechanical Engineering Landmark, beginning outdoors (weather permitting). Our tour guide extraordinaire, Ken Hinde, will then take you inside the Revival buildings for a journey into today’s interpretive center, connecting the Water Works’ past and present purpose. You can also sit in the intimate Engine House Theater and see an award-winning 15-minute film on the site’s important role in Philadelphia’s history before touring exhibit areas on your own. Register here.
A Walk Along the Parkway
Philadelphia’s Parkway references the most beautiful cities of Old Europe. Discover the magnificent buildings along Philadelphia’s own Champs-Élysées and what lies beneath them. Start at the Fairmount Water Works, where wheels once pumped the City’s drinking water, then embark on a mile-long stroll down the picturesque path to Logan Square and back again. Ideal for history buffs, cultural connoisseurs and architectural mavens. PLEASE NOTE: Comfortable shoes strongly encouraged for this walking tour. Registrants will be contacted in the event of cancellation due to inclement weather. Register here.
Along the Garden Path: Fountains Revived & Gardens Restored
Join us as we explore gardens and fountains lost and restored, and enjoy the beauty of the banks of the Schuylkill River. Stops along the way include: the Fountain of the Sea Horses, located in the traffic circle just outside the Water Works site; the nearby Azalea Garden; and a replica of William Rush’s Nymph & Bittern in the South Garden. Register here.
We Drink the River!
The Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center is offering a special bus tour of the Philadelphia Water Department’s drinking water system. Learn how it’s connected to our rivers, including past and present-day infrastructure that brings us clean and safe drinking water every day. Register here.
River Reimagined: A Land & Water Tour
Learn about the Fairmount Water Works, one of Philadelphia’s first tourist attractions, and cruise the Schuylkill for a new perspective on sites along this historic river. After a brief tour of the Fairmount Water Works, stroll through the beautifully landscaped South Garden, and along the Schuylkill Banks for a 1.5 mile walk to the Walnut Street dock to board a boat for a 1-hour narrated cruise. Register here.
A view from our River Reimagined tour.
Tour group at Lock 60 Canal Park (Black Rock Dam, 2015)
Guests learn about the Jonval Turbine at the Water Works.