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Kayak on the Delaware River?

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    Even novice paddlers can get out on the Delaware River and kayak. The best part it costs just $5 per person to try it out, said Patrick Starr with Pennsylvania's Environmental Council. (Published Wednesday, June 30, 2010)

    You might not see the Delaware River as a place for water adventure but one group is making just that happen.

    Look no further than the Penn’s Landing Marina this summer for some cheap and safe kayak fun.

    The Pa. Environmental Council and Skyline Attractions are offering five-buck kayak rides on the Delaware River all summer for their program “Paddle Penn’s Landing.”

    That’s right -- Philadelphians and other visitors can get on the water in the program’s seven kayaks and 14 available two-person swan boats for just $5 a person.

    Paddle Penn’s Landing” is part of the Environmental Council’s effort to get Philly families and tourists better acquainted with the Delaware River.

    Patrick Starr, Senior VP at the group, came to NBC10 to talk about the program.

    "Too many Philadelphians are only experiencing the Delaware River as on the bridge to the shore or to New Jersey. We’re trying to encourage people to come out and use the Delaware River for recreation," he said. "The water is clean, it’s beautiful, it’s urban and very natural. It’s a great place to go."

    Five dollars isn’t a bad deal for the 20-minute test kayak runs, which are always guided by trained kayaking staff.

    “Paddle Penn’s Landing” is back after a six-week trial in 2009 during which about 800 eager adventurers showed up.

    The program doesn’t just feature kayaking -- “Paddle Penn’s Landing” is also about the history surrounding the mythic Delaware River and its ecosystem.

    The kayak rides happen on Thursdays and Fridays from 3 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 7 p.m.

    Kids under 18 need an adult present. And, kids under 12 must use the paddle boats, which are operated by pedals.

    If you want to get more information about “Paddle Penn’s Landing,” visit their website for details.