Enjoy Summer Fun at The Oval

ben frnak parkway

Right in the heart of Center City is an eight-acre public space that is rife with opportunity for summer fun!

The Oval opened its (figurative) doors a few weeks ago and only has a few weeks left for its limited summer engagement. The urban park, a half-mile from your Edgewater apartment, is now in its sixth summer of providing well-rounded activities for locals and visitors of all ages that encourage them to enjoy the natural beauty of their city surroundings.

No matter your definition of fun, you’ll be able to find at The Oval. For art lovers, the colorful stretch of the Parkway is situated right in the footprint of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and features its own public and interactive art installations. Gamers can put down their videogame sets at their Edgewater apartment and head out into the sunshine to enjoy life-sized board games like Connect Four and Checkers, as well as lawn-game favorites such as bean bag toss, along with chalkboards, a miniature golf area and even a Legos section—where adults can get in touch with their inner child. Foodies can indulge at food trucks or sip on local brewers in the beer garden.

Each day of The Oval features different programming and events, from movie nights to live music to dance parties. On Wednesdays, hop in to some free fitness classes, which rotate among activities like yoga and kickboxing. If you have kids in your life, or family visiting this summer, make sure to stop by on Sundays for Family Funday, featuring new, kid-friendly activities each week.

The Benjamin Franklin Parkway is the epicenter of the city’s arts and culture scene and, with its pop-up summer oasis at The Oval, it’s now also in the heart of the social scene. Make sure to pencil in some time to spend an afternoon or evening getting to know your neighbors—and this gem in the neighborhood!—at The Oval before it packs up for the year at the end of the month!


The Oval

2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Philadelphia, PA 19130