Tons of tourists flock to the stairs of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and recreate Rocky Balboa’s famous run up the steps of the museum. With 7 movies spanning four decades, Rocky Balboa has become a legend in our city. We are big Rocky fans ourselves. Yes, we have to admit we have run up the steps ourselves and pumped up our fists. So we thought we would put together a Rocky Tour of Philadelphia for you.
On the tour, you will want to check out The Italian Market- South 9th Street. The streets are lined with butcher shops and other specialty stores that are still very strong with Italian Heritage. Not to mention, two famous Philly cheesesteak stands are located just south of the Market- Pat’s and Geno’s. So definitely visit the Italian Market with an empty stomach!
After you devour your cheesesteak, take a walk on the wild side by visiting the Philadelphia Zoo- 3400 West Girard Avenue. The zoo, as you probably already know, is where Rocky proposed to Adrian in Rocky II. Dating back to 1859, our zoo was actually the first zoo charted in the United States. It has close to 1300 animals and many rare and exotic species.
Once you have had your fill of lions and tigers, next on The Rocky Tour of Philadelphia, is to pay a visit to Laurel Hill and West Laurel Hill cemeteries-215 Belmont Ave. This is where Rocky visited Adrian’s grave. Both cemeteries are the site of many notable burials and are on the list of National Registry of Historic Places. On the first Friday of every month, tours take place and there are special events year-round.
Finally, on The Rocky Tour of Philadelphia, take a seat at El restaurant- 1356 North Front Street. Rocky lived right down the street from this joint. It’s very casual and the menu is mostly pub food. Keep in mind, this bar only accepts cash.
So start getting in shape now and get ready to kick off your tour by running (not walking) up the Philadelphia Museum of Art stairs!