Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Benjamin Franklin Parkway
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kihyland
Pasadena, TX526 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2019
We walked from our hotel in downtown to the Art Museum. Benjamin Franklin Parkway runs from City Hall to the Art Museum. It is a wide, tree lined street and easily walkable. The neighborhood was safe and clean. If you've seen "Rocky", this is the street he sprints down before going up the famous "Rocky Steps". Parking looked difficult, but since we walked, it didn't bother us at all.
Written 2 January 2020
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Charles S
Northamptonshire, UK1,037 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
The Parkway was the plan of French landscape architect Jacques Gréber in 1917 to emulate the Champs-Élysées in Paris, France. The wide, multi-sectioned, multi-laned, tree-lined boulevard, is enjoyable to travel along for both vehicles and pedestrians. The parkway starts at Philadelphia City Hall, curves around Logan Circle, and ends before the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Written 3 October 2023
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David-Kevin B
Washington DC, DC408 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2020
The city is rightfully proud of her Ben Franklin Parkway, a grand boulevard originating at City Hall―a glorious tribute to masonry architecture and a National Historic Landmark―that leads to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, one of North America's greatest cultural institutions. The Parkway is home to many of the city's cultural institutions, landmarks and sculptures :

― Academy of Natural Sciences
― Barnes Foundation
― Calder's Three Discs, One Lacking
― Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
― Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Memorial
― The Eakins Oval
― The Franklin Institute
― The Monument to Six Million Jewish Martyrs
― Robert Indiana's "Love"
― The Rocky Statue by A. Thomas Schomberg
― The Rodin Museum
― Swann Memorial Fountain
― The Thinker by Auguste Rodin
― The Washington Monument
Written 27 July 2020
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Toni
4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2021
Parkway is nice, but dangerous now. Illegal Dirt Bikes and Quads, not street legal and many with no lights at all appear at any time in packs or swarms threatening motorist, attacking motorist and shooting. Police do not enforce laws any longer in Philadelphia. The word is out and this goes on unimpeded. Sadly, you are risking your life coming to Philadelphia. Danger!
Written 17 June 2021
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Vivianita
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2019 • Family
Went here with my 1 year old and my husband and even though it was very crowded, a lot of fun things to do, plenty of drink and food beverages. There is plenty of porta potties within the parkway. The concert and the fireworks were truly lovely; thanks WAWA! Games are also here. Just an amazing time to have spent well with family.
Written 5 July 2019
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,960 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2019 • Couples
This is one of Philadelphia's contributions to the city beautiful movement. Classic planning with the broad boulevard featuring fountains and statues linking cultural institutions. Very grand.
Written 4 July 2019
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ILoveFoodComa
Burbank, CA3,343 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
Love this area, nice place to walk around because of several museums in the area. They are all walking distance to each other. People are jogging on the walkway in the middle of the road. Lots of beautiful trees.
Written 11 June 2019
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Phil-Joel
Sydney, Australia737 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
There’s a lot of history on this “street” & you could spend hours if not days visiting some of the attractions.

But the individual attractions aside, the walk from City Hall to the Art Museum & back m, is easy & flat if your thinking of doing it.

We walked on further to the boat sheds, but I wouldn’t recommend doing this.

There’s also plenty of photo opportunities along the way.

Written 22 February 2019
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Darlene H
Waukesha, WI1,332 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Friends
The parkway is a highway that connects the Basilica to many others interesting stops. Too long for a walking trip for me. I was able to get a map so I could take a bus to a lot.
Written 25 November 2018
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Elisabeth B
Philadelphia, PA1,249 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Solo
The Parkway has been a work in progress for nearly a century, and I recently walked its length from the Philadelphia Museum of Art toward the city to see why this entire area abounds in versions of Greek revival and modern classical architecture. Many names of prominent architects of the early 20th century come to mind but one stands out. It is that of the Frenchman Paul Cret who, in 1903, joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania, and in 1907 was asked by the Fairmount Park Association to help tackle the problematic Parkway that was intended to link Fairmount Park with the city to the southeast. The initial design had lingered for decades. Although the project was turned over after World War I to Cret’s fellow Frenchman and landscape architect Jacques Gréber, Cret’s neoclassical influence on the Parkway remains visible to this day. There are Eakins Oval at the foot of the PMA with the statue of George Washington; the Rodin Museum on the east side of the Parkway; the original Barnes Foundation in suburban Merion, and the numerous classical facades along the Parkway, such as of the Free Library and the Franklin Institute.

It is a long walk down, or up, the Parkway but I was glad to have walked it on a sunny autumn afternoon and recommend it. I shall be glad to know a little about the Parkway's architectural history when next visiting one of the adjoining cultural institutions. Enjoy!
Written 29 October 2018
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