Directions to Race
Exit 22 – Central Philadelphia, I-676 West (Vine Street Expressway) to I-76 West Valley Forge (Schuylkill Expressway). Follow signs towards Valley Forge. Exit at 340A, Kelly Drive/Lincoln Drive, then follow signs to Kelly Drive South.
Follow signs at Phila. International Airport to I-76 Center City. Take I-76 West (Schuylkill Expressway) and follow signs towards Valley Forge to Exit 340A, Kelly Drive/Lincoln Drive, then follow signs to Kelly Drive South.
From PA Turnpike (I-276)
Exit Turnpike at Valley Forge (Exit 326). Take I-76 (Schuylkill Expressway) to Exit 340A (on left side) Kelly Drive/Lincoln Drive, then follow signs, to Kelly Drive South.
Entrance to Kelly Drive
You can enter Kelly Drive one of two ways: Come down Kelly Drive from the Manayunk (Conshohocken, City Line, Twin Bridges, etc.) end. If you approach from the Art Museum end, you will be detoured up into East Fairmount Park and down Strawberry Mansion Drive. Traffic on Kelly Drive on the day of the Festival is one way – from Strawberry Mansion Bridge toward the Art Museum.
Kelly Drive will be closed to the public at 5:30 AM. Only cars with Dragon Boat Festival parking passes will be allowed onto Kelly Drive, and only to travel in the eastbound direction.
From the West
Get off the Schuylkill Expressway onto the exit marked Kelly/Lincoln Drive, and take the Kelly Drive exit after crossing the river. You can also come across the Falls Bridge, or get onto Kelly Drive from Manayunk. If you do not have a parking pass, at the Strawberry Mansion Drive checkpoint, you will be directed up Strawberry Mansion Drive. Parking will be available in Fairmount Park. The fee for parking is $12.00. Shuttle buses will be provided to the Race Course.
From the East
Get off the Schuylkill Expressway onto Route 1 North and take the Kelly Drive exit after crossing the river, and follow the “coming from the west” directions. You can also get onto Kelly Drive from Eakins Oval at the Art Museum. You will then be directed off Kelly Drive at Fountain Green onto a detour up through Fairmount Park, where you can park (see above), then back onto Kelly Drive at Strawberry Mansion Drive. If you have a parking pass, you will need to go west on Kelly Drive until you can turn around and come back east.
Access with Parking Pass
Come east on Kelly Drive from the Manayunk end. Once on Kelly, proceed to the Strawberry Mansion Drive checkpoint and show your parking pass. You will be parking along Kelly Drive on the river-side lane. Do not park on the grass. This will get you a ticket. When you leave, you will have to continue east to Fountain Green, where Kelly Drive will become two-way again. You will probably have to continue east on Kelly Drive past Fountain Green.
Event Site Maps
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Participant & Spectator Parking
In order to park as many cars as possible along Kelly Drive, we ask that you park perpendicular to the curb. Do not park on the grass. you will be ticketed and towed.
We encourage volunteers to carpool as well as the teams; although, there will be designated parking area for volunteers.
Buses will be provided for spectators and late paddlers. You will be directed up into East Fairmount Park where parking is $12.00, shuttle bus, free. Shuttle buses will circle Race Course to East Fairmount Park. One shuttle bus will run from Lloyd Hall to Kelly Drive. There will be 6 shuttle buses.
Shuttle Bus Schedule:
6 AM - 2 buses start
7 AM - 2 buses are added
8 AM - 2 more buses are added
8 AM - 5 PM - All 6 buses will drive the loop until 5 PM
5 PM - 2 buses will stop running, leaving 4 buses
6 PM - 2 more buses will stop running, leaving 2 buses running until 7 PM
Please click here to view and download Shuttle Route and Stops Map
No Parking Zones
There will be no parking in the parking lot between Gillen’s (St. Joe’s) Boat House and the Marine Police Unit and the Canoe Club. Those teams whose tents are in the grassy area next to the parking lot will not be permitted to enter the parking lot to unload or load on Saturday. Please make plans to set up everything that you will need for Saturday on Friday night between 6:30 PM and 8:30 PM, or make certain that you can carry whatever you need for the day from your parked car on Kelly Drive.