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Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Education Center

640 Water Works Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19130-1003
+1 215-685-0723
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Hidden gem!

We were strolling along the river and saw this pavilion -type glass structure. At first I thought... read more

Reviewed 19 February 2018
elena s
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Bowie, Maryland
Picturesque in the snow

We didn’t walk too far around the area because of the snow, but viewed from above the waterworks... read more

Reviewed 30 December 2017
Jeannie2207
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Windsor, United Kingdom
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Discover. Connect. Act. Nation's first public water supply system. Global tourist attraction. Showing the public how to be better water resource stewards. Come downstairs to visit one of Philadelphia's hidden gems. Best of all, we are free and open to the public six days a week. The mission of Fairmount Water Works is to foster stewardship of our shared resources by encouraging informed decisions about the use of land and water.
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Reviewed 19 February 2018

We were strolling along the river and saw this pavilion -type glass structure. At first I thought it was for maintenance, but the sign on the door said that it was a visitor center, so we walked in, not expecting much. In all honesty, I...More

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Reviewed 30 December 2017 via mobile

We didn’t walk too far around the area because of the snow, but viewed from above the waterworks and river views were great. Interesting to read all the signs to get a feel for its development.

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Reviewed 1 October 2017

How do you bring water to households and businesses before they even had electricity? At the Philadelphia Water Works, we discovered they used the natural forces of gravity and water itself to distribute this precious commodity across the City. The Water Works has a small...More

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Reviewed 21 June 2017

The water works structures are easy to see, but the interpretive center takes a little searching out. The day we visited there was a large party in the outdoor pavilion and they were not happy about our insistence that we weren't trying to crash their...More

1  Thank Mary W
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Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

Awesome food!!! Beautiful evening views of Boathouse Row!! White glove treatment all the way!! Perfect venue for romantic evening or event!! You won't be disappointed!

Thank C H
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Reviewed 16 February 2017

We didn't have this stop planned on our trip. But due to the rain we were looking for an indoor activity. This is an EXCELLENT Movie & Self guided tour. It has a great hands on section for children, plus Tuck the Turtle. We were...More

Thank Jenny0753
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Reviewed 9 January 2017

From far away I thought it was restaurant.Going down the stairs and walked into a museum-aqueduct much knowledge about water and sewage Philadelphia.Nice visit specially for days in the rain and cold for children.

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Reviewed 2 January 2017

The structure is impressive and has a great history to it. The sound of all of the water constantly flowing over the dam is great.

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Reviewed 1 September 2016

Wondered what was in here, ducked in out of curiosity and to escape the heat (air conditioned!). Small but interesting displays including a film and some interactive components of interest to kids and adults alike about the Philly water and sewer system. What kid doesn't...More

1  Thank Laura731
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Reviewed 7 July 2016

After you have visited the Philadelphia Museum and would like to stretch your legs, wander down the imposing Museum steps and along the garden paths toward the Fairmount Water Works and learn how, in the 19th century, Philadelphia dealt with the need to supply safe...More

3  Thank Elisabeth B
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