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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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218 attraction reviews
262 helpful votes 262 helpful votes
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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15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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117 attraction reviews
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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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10 reviews 10 reviews
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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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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New Jersey
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912 reviews 912 reviews
453 attraction reviews
1,643 helpful votes 1,643 helpful votes
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Eakins Oval formerly had a parking lot positioned in the middle. This summer you will find that same parking lot transformed into a pop up park that has tons of free programing for visitors of all ages. They offer live music, movie nights, beer gardens, art classes and story telling for children. They have some of the best food trucks... More 

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Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

I have seen the 4th of July fireworks in NYC, GREAT!!! I have also seen them in small hometowns like Denville, NJ, Danbury, CT, Albany, NY which beat out the Philly ones handsdown. Philadelphia 2013 fireworks was by FAR the WORST. First of all, two different websites gave two different times 9pm and 10pm, when in reality they didn't start... More 

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Utica, New York
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

When the water is filed with row teams so much nicer to see... renting a bike from here not really worth it ... crowds get in the way and you have to stick to the bike lane for safety!!! More time is spent watching traffic than enjoying a bike ride through city.

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