Tours

River Reimagined: A Land & Water Tour (One Date Left!)

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.

Family Tour with Let’s Go Outdoors

Join our partners at Let’s Go Outdoors for a family-friendly tour of the Fairmount Water Works!

Let’s Go Outdoors aims to bring families together for environmental education tours and/or outdoor learning activities.

Attendees will learn about the amazing grounds outside of the historic site, including the Fishway Dam, then head inside for a guided orientation of “Water in Our World” and watch a 15-minute film about the buildings important role in Philadelphia’s history.

Please keep in mind:

  • This tour is geared for adults bringing one or more children, though all are welcome.
  • The session is about 60 minutes, with 20 minutes outdoors, and attendees are encouraged to dress accordingly.
  • The tour involves walking/traveling along grassy, slightly inclined, and/or paved surfaces.

The tour is FREE, but registration is required.

We Drink the River! (Closed)

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.

The Historic Fairmount Water Works: Inside & Out (Closed)

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.

A Walk Along the Parkway (Closed)

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.

Along the Garden Path: Fountains Revived & Gardens Restored (Closed)

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.

 

Upcoming Events

  1. The Watershed is An Open Book

    November 15 @ 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
  2. The Watershed is An Open Book

    November 17 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  3. The Watershed is an Open Book

    November 29 @ 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
  4. The Watershed is An Open Book

    December 6 @ 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
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    December 8 @ 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM