Self-Guided Bike Tour

Philadelphia's Fairmount Park Bike Tour

On our self-guided Fairmount Park Philadelphia bike tour, discover more than 9,200 acres of rolling hills, gentle trails, and historic sites like Fairmount Water Works and the Philadelphia Museum Of Art on dedicated bike paths that are away from vehicular traffic. Included FREE with half-day and full-day rentals.

Our self-guided bike tour experience has everything you need (and more!), included FREE with half-day and full-day rentals. Become acquainted with Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park, one of the first urban parks in the United States. Smoothly cruise along while visiting architectural wonders, historical landmarks, and more. This tour is the perfect snapshot for visitors to get acquainted with the 17th Century Fairmount Water Works, a National Historic Landmark, Boathouse Row, the sculpture gardens and its 44 sculptures, and so much more! For a longer ride, cruise the length of the Schuylkill Trail, Philidelphia’s dedicated bike path along the river safely tucked away from vehicle traffic. It’s the perfect way to be immersed in the history, diversity, and energy of this beautiful historic city.

Starting at $26

Skill Level

Approx. Time

3 - 4 hours


15 miles
Family on a bicycle ride
Fairmount Park

Fairmount Park was established in 1855, one of the first urban parks in the United States. The park stretches from here north to the mouth of the Wissahickon Creek, and is named for “Faire Mount”, the hill on which the art museum now stands. East Park features a recreation path along the river and adjacent to Boathouse Row and the sculpture gardens. The wooded hills above the river are home to the Boxer’s Trail, a path winding past historic houses and Smith Play Place – an indoor and outdoor playground for children 10 and under

Philadelphia Fairmont Water Works
Schuylkill Bike Trail

This dedicated bike Schuylkill Trail is a total of 120 miles round trip! Most of the trails were built on abandoned railroad lines along the Schuylkill River. Explore the historically rich rural and industrial areas of Philadelphia on this leisurely ride away from vehicular traffic.

Fairmount Water Works

The scenic Fairmount Water Works is a National Historic Landmark located a short distance from here. Operated from 1815 to 1909, river water was originally pumped up to a reservoir where the art museum now stands. The site is known for its impressive machinery and architecture. Nearby paths above the river feature sculptures by William Rush, America’s first sculptor. Explore the Water Works today, from the unique viewpoint of a bike! Learn more about the site at the Interpretive Center, located below the deck.

Philadelphia Fairmount Park
Philadelphia Museum of Art

Established in 1876, the museum is one of the largest and most renowned in the country. With more than 200,000 items in its vast collection, visitors enjoy contemplating works of art from Rubens, Manet, Van Gogh, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, Monet, Cezanne, Dali and more. The museum’s front steps were prominently featured in the movie Rocky.

Philadelphia Museum of Art
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Included with this

Self-Guided Tour

  • Your choice of bike
  • Route map with great points of interest and historical facts
  • A helmet
  • A bike lock
  • Basket/bike bag to hold belongings

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What to bring & wear

  • Comfortable clothes and shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Water bottle
  • Snacks, or cash for lunch

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Tour FAQs

What's included on my tour?

Our self-guided tours include your choice of bicycle, a route map with all the great points of interest and historic facts about the area, a helmet, bike bag or basket, and a bike lock. Plus, our rental clerks are happy to help you select the perfect bike for your adventure.

What do I need to bring?

We have your ride and route covered - so all you need to bring are comfortable clothes and shoes, sunglasses, sunscreen, water, and your camera. And don't forget to bring some cash for lunch or a snack along the way! Bike bags/baskets are provided on all bikes for easy storage of items.

How long is the tour?

While on one of our self-guided tours, you can expect to be out exploring for 3 to 4 hours. This includes approximately 2 hours of riding time and 1 to 2 hours for lunch, shopping, photo opts, and exploring the area.

I want to take the tour...

You've made a great choice! We have plenty of bikes available, so no need to call, just come by. When you arrive, mention the bike tour. Our fantastic staff will ensure that you have everything you need. We don't take reservations, so please stop by our location.

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