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Eakins Oval, Philadelphia

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3.8/5 based on 25+ reviews on the web
Eakins Oval is a traffic circle in Philadelphia. It forms the northwest end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway just in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, with a central array of fountains and monuments, and a network of pedestrian walkways.This loop of road usually carries a large volume of traffic, as it connects the core of the city with Fairmount Park, Kelly Drive (formerly East River Drive), and Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive (formerly West River Drive). During parades and other major municipal events such as the Thanksgiving Day Parade, and large concerts such as Live 8 Philadelphia and the Budweiser Made in America Festival, the roadways are shut down to automobile traffic and the oval becomes center stage for the gathering.The oval was part of urban planner Jacques Gréber's design for the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, which he proposed in 1917.The oval is named for Thomas Eakins, Philadelphian, world-famous realist painter, and fine arts educator.The southeastern part of the oval serves as a parking lot; it was originally part of the Parkway until traffic modifications isolated it in the 1960s.The Washington MonumentJust inside the northwest edge of Eakins Oval, in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art stairs, stands the Washington Monument fountain. It was commissioned and designed by sculptor Rudolf Siemering. The sculpture was dedicated in 1897 at the Green Street entrance to Fairmount Park. It was moved in 1928 to its present location after construction on the parkway was completed. In 1997, work to restore the statue began under the direction of Margo Berg of the Philadelphia Art Commission. Over the years, the sculpture had come loose from its base, and the fountain had ceased to function properly. The restoration was completed in June of the same year, 100 years after it was dedicated.
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  • The festive day I visited the event, and a beer garden with children's playground like. Under the hot sun in the summer, many people were having as a place of recreation and relaxation. I think I feel citizens enjoy a good spot. I don't know always have events like that.
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  • Was at the Eakins Oval Beer Garden last night with my family. It was so much fun. Lots of stuff for young kids to do, great (but pricey) beer selection, and awesome food trucks. The only hard part is ...  read more »
  • Beautiful place in the city. There are lots of fun activities, concerts, play area, kids and family friendly! 
  • Summer is the best time to hang out on Eakin's Oval as they have organized activities every Wednesday through Sunday night. A different theme everyday but a pop-up beer garden each and everyone so how can you go wrong. Then, in front of the Art Museum, three fountains worth visiting with the keystone being the George Washington Monument in the center.
  • I came about an hour and a half early for a showing of the movie Dodgeball on the inflatable big screen friday night. I walked around a bit and watched the musiciand on the stage on the opposite side of the oval. They were a really fun funk group with horns, bass, backup singers and a front man in leopard skin right pants and a vest. Everyone seemed into it, and the place was relatively crowded. I got a meatball sub from one of the several food trucks (Mamma's Balls) and headed back to our spot by the big screen. There were very comfortable plastic Adirondack chairs scattered about, so I brought one over to where we were sitting. The whole experience was really fun, and had a very fun family vibe to it. If you're in the area in the summer, definitely check it out and see what they have going on!
  • Great summer experience here. Activities for the kids. Nice food. Beer garden. A great view from the Museum of Art.
  • This was the location of the start / finish line for the 2016 Philadelphia Love Run half marathon. I was impressed with the location, and the history of surrounding areas. Very nice and I would love to come back and visit to see the museums and other Philly attractions.
  • Family friendly location that has beer gardens, food, games, and fairs in the summer. Very close to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
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