Make it a Weekend in Philadelphia

With so much to do and see in the City of Brotherly Love...stay the weekend!

  Hotels…at your service

The HOSR partners with Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board and hotels throughout Philadelphia and New Jersey to provide the best rates, locations and amenities to teams, individual competitors and spectators. The work has been done for you – descriptions of the hotels, including distance to the river, parking, wifi, and breakfast (did someone say free?), are included in convenient reservation links below.

We hope you will make the choice to stay with our partner hotels as for every room booked, $10 will be dedicated to HOSR’s park and river stewardship efforts (check out what we do because we ‘love where we row’).  Be sure to note in your reservation that you are with the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta group or use the code provided in the hotel description.

A few easy clicks and you’ll be ready for a memorable stay in the Philadelphia region. Most hotel offers are effective for bookings through October 5th, 2018, but book early to avoid sell-outs.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to We look forward to showing off what our region has to offer!

  When in Philly…

Here’s just a sampling of some of the accolades Philadelphia won this year:

~ 10 Must-Visit U.S. Hotspots for 2017, Smarter Travel
~ America’s Favorite Cities, Travel + Leisure
~ The 26 Hottest Food Cities of 2016, Zagat
~ 10 Best Food Cities in America Ranked, The Washington Post
~ The Best Cities In America For Street Art, Thrillist
~ Best in the U.S. 2016, Lonely Planet

Philadelphia is ready to be seen!  Go to Visit Philly for ideas on exploring neighborhoods, the outdoors, restaurants, world-class museums, historical landmarks and iconic destinations!


The Schuylkill River runs through the center of Fairmount Park, named one of the top public spaces in the country in 2016. What began in the 19th century as a space to protect a municipal watershed, Fairmount Park has evolved into a 2,000-acre public park, one of the world’s largest city park systems, offering bike and walking trails, playgrounds, historic mansions, picnic areas…and more.  Be sure to explore the park during your stay. Hello fall foliage!  Check out these maps for park amenities and hidden gems!

Stretching from City Hall to the Philadelphia Museum of Art (just a short stroll from Boathouse Row), Philadelphia’s grand, tree-lined Benjamin Franklin Parkway is flanked by some of the city’s most acclaimed institutions.  Visitors to the Parkway Museums District will discover a cultural mecca with world-class museums and educational institutions, over 30 works of public art, and of course, the world famous “Rocky” steps.  Representing one of the earliest examples of urban renewal in the United States, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is celebrating its Centennial, 2017-2018.  Visit to learn more about event and programs spanning through regatta weekend.  Join the party!


  Time Well Spent on the Schuylkill…

Parks on Tap Jr., Philadelphia’s favorite traveling beer garden is popping up at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta to bring you beers while you cheer.  You can find the beer garden in the perfect viewing spot, about 400 meters above the finish line, under the Girard Avenue and Railroad Bridges, between Kelly Drive and the Schuylkill River Trail.