Being a Philly native, I have traveled the Kelly Drive (formerly the "East River Drive") innumerable times during my lifetime. The Drive is the location of the largest sculling regatta in the country. You drive past many famous landmarks and sculptures, including the stone bridge, the Strawberry Mansion Bridge, the Laurel Hill historical cemetery, the Girard Avenue Bridge, the Robin Hood Dell, the Glen Dinning Rock Garden and the Philadelphia Museum of art. The drive's curves make for surprises around every bend. City dwellers and visitors flock to the Fairmount Park adjacent to the drive and crowds of devoted fitness enthusiasts, bikers, in-line skaters and the occasional small fleet of Segway-riding tourists flow along at all hours of day and night. During the warm weather months, the Kelly Drive is closed from morning till dusk to cars so that everyone can enjoy the freedom of biking on the road in safety. There are historic springs where locals used to bring bottles so partake of the water, but they have been closed for many decades due to pollution. The walk along the river is superb. During periods of heavy rains there is periodic flooding, causing unpredictable closures. At rush hours the drive can be clogged with traffic. At its end at the Art Museum, the drive flows into the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, welcoming all to the most magnificent views of the City of Brother Love.
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