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“A MOST SCENIC VISIT”
Review of Kelly Drive

Kelly Drive
Ranked #49 of 462 things to do in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 10 June 2014

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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Reviewed 5 June 2014

OK, what does one write about a road?
Starting at Logan Circle, well that is actually B Franklin Parkway but once you pass the Oval at the art museum, it becomes Kelly Drive.
It is a fun road to drive when the "I'm scared" drivers are not on it.
Twists and turns with the Schuylkill River on your side, the road makes its way to East Falls where a community hub springs up.
Boat House Row is probably the most well know icon but Laurel Hill Cemetery over looks the traffic in quite solitude.
But protected by its gaze are joggers, walkers and bicyclist working their way, exercising their way past fountain heads and world class statues.
But during the sprint and summer, check before venturing by car, the road is frequently closed for rowing regattas.

Thank ChocolateCzar
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Reviewed 21 May 2014

Kelly drive is a staple of Philadelphia. The street gets shut down every year on the weekends from a certain date in Spring through fall. People love to run, bike, walk, watch the boats or partake in a 5 K, 10 K, half or full marathon. Kelly drive is also the home to our beautiful Boat House Row and the Art Musuem lies at the bottom of it the side of the city. I spent hours roller blading on Kelly drive back in the day and have participated in many races that took place on Kelly drive!!

Thank hildymom
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Reviewed 21 May 2014

It's a nice fair walk toward the Philadelphia museum of art . The trees are well aligned . If you are a nature loving person it's worth a visit.

Thank rosievil
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Reviewed 29 April 2014

Kelly Drive is a rite of Spring. Park the car, hit the trail and have a great walk or jog with the whole family. Its Philly's Central Park and it leads to the great Phila Museum of Art

Thank TheO'Reilly
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