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Eakins Oval

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Address: Schuylkill River Banks, Philadelphia, PA
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Impressive and fitting for this area - part of an amazing stroll down Ben Franklin Parkway from the museum

Sure it is not a "must drive and see" place, but everyone that comes to visit the Philadelphia Art Museum is just across from the street, so make it a stop over to enjoy the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 3, 2015
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Food trucks, games,music byob picnic tables. Beer garden, movies under the stars. Fabulous setting , come down & play. Or sit & people watch .

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Stopped to check out the pop up beer garden on a Friday night. They have it decorated summery with hanging lanterns and lights. They have victory and yards beer, that the beer garden was promoting along with other beers available. The outdoor seating area was big and made of recycled materials. It is more of a spot for children of... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 via mobile

City lights up parkway with saint-gobain future sensations. Awesome displays of futuristic environment. Treat to 5 senses. Even a live beer garden. Take a look its free!

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Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Sure it is not a "must drive and see" place, but everyone that comes to visit the Philadelphia Art Museum is just across from the street, so make it a stop over to enjoy the scultures all around. It is a great place to start the walk on a sunny day, all the way down to the City Hall (can... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

If you're already at the Art Museum, cross the street to the Washington Monument in Eakins Oval. Listen online to some of the explanations of the thought behind it, pose for some beautiful pictures with the statue and then move on. Not worth a special trip, but still a great destination if you're already in the area.

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

This interesting Oval is located directly opposite the imposing frontage of the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Benjamin Franklin Parkway, more or less marooned in a traffic circle, and if you're visiting the museum, it's worth the effort of carefully crossing the busy flow. Thomas Eakins, one of Philadelphia's most famous sons, was a highly talented "Realist Painter" in the... More 

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Syracuse, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Absolutely lives this place. There was food, music and games. Giant connect four, checkers, chess and a moonsand table. The park and beer garden are both amazingly decorated with beautiful colors.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 via mobile

$5 craft beers, live music, activities for our 4 year old, we keep coming back!!! This place is great! At night they play films on the big screen for free, I can't say enough about this place. Wednesday and Sunday free parking. Check it out for yourself!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

To call a very busy traffic circle a lovely spot it takes some special attributes. For the Eakins Oval it is the great center fountain, dedicated to Washington and founded by the Society of the Cincinnati of Pennsylvania. The fountain and the monument are very allegoric. The Founding Father of the Nation is surrounded by the personifications of the four... More 

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Oak Ridge, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

Generally, Eakins Oval is little more than a traffic circle that makes for an easy pedestrian route between the Ben Franklin Parkway and the Museum of Art. What makes it a worthwhile stop is the Washington Monument. The number, variety, detail, complexity and artistry of the many included sculptures and reliefs is wonderful. Without the monument, you've got a nice... More 

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