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“The Washington Monument Makes It Worthwhile.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Eakins Oval

Eakins Oval
Schuylkill River Banks, Philadelphia, PA (Fairmount Park)
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Ranked #102 of 262 Attractions in Philadelphia
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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Oak Ridge, New Jersey
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“The Washington Monument Makes It Worthwhile.”
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 traffic circle and a parking lot.

Visited November 2013
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Philadelphia
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“The Oval: The New Shape of Fun”
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 in the city lined up each day. I would recommend this for any resident or visitor of Philadelphia.

Visited July 2013
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Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
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“NOT WORTH IT”
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 until 11pm and were done by 11:12. And we had a 3 yr old with us who was about "done" at that late hour. We took the Septa train in and saw them on the Schuylkill River Banks, which was nice in itself but just too long to wait for them to shoot them and too short once they got started. HUGE crowd, tons of people and then there was a mass exodus from the place immediately after they ended and the Septa trains were packed to capacity, people were standing in the aisles and it was difficult to get off the train at your stop, because you had to squeeze through all the people, it was actually a little scary.

Visited July 2013
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Utica, New York
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“If you have time its nice, not a must see tho.”
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.

Visited April 2013
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“4th of July fireworks in phila”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2009

If you are planning to see the 4th fireworks in Phiadelphia, I do not recommend doing so at Eakins Oval. My family followed the recommendation on the Sunoco website to enjoy the fireworks - "bring your chairs and a picnic to enjoy the concert at Eakins oval and the fireworks". We were as close to the barrier as you could get and you will not see the concert - only a reserved seating area will see that. There are screens along the parkway, but you could see that at home on TV.
We arrived 5 hours prior to get a great spot, enjoyed the entertainment on the parkway, listened to a great concert by Sheryl Crow and The Roots, and finally it was time for the fireworks. (We travel to different large cities when the 4th is on the weekends , so I had been looking forward to this site for several years - "The Birthplace of Independence"and all. ) By this time we were shoulder to shoulder - but through the concert a great crowd. When the fireworks began, people started leaving - elbowing ,cutting through , blocking our view, stepping into our camera lens - lots of pictures of heads and hats- and walking all over our things - I'm talking groups of 4 -6 people at a time - probably 100 in all! I suppose they were trying to beat the crowd on the way out. (When they say tens of thousands people - they mean it!) We spent more time protecting our stuff than actually watching the fireworks. Rudeness from teens to seniors!
The show lasted only 30 minutes and was lackluster - I could have seen better in my small hometown 200 miles away.
For the City of Brotherly Love - I wasn't feeling the love. A Philadelphia native standing next to us said that she would never come back there to watch the fireworks again.
While it seemed people were concerned about getting out due to the crowds, that was very easy and quick with streets closed down and police directing to move the people out very quickly.
So find higher ground somewhere if you really want to see the fireworks in Philadelphia. Better yet - go to NYC or DC to see a GREAT 4th fireworks display with respectful crowds.

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