Rocky Balboa’s Philadelphia

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Rocky outside the museum

Rocky outside the museum

Yet another Rocky film has been made by Sylvester Stallone. This time the film isn’t called Rocky 42 or whatever the number they are up to but is called Creed and opens today in the UK,  January 15th.

Why mention it?

Because Philadelphia is drawing an increasing number of tourists simply to see sites and locations linked to the film.

Outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art – a fascinating place to visit by itself – there are steps leading up to the main entrance. These steps are the same ones that the Rocky character climbed to the tune of “Gonna fly now” in the very first film. But they also appeared in five of the sequels as well. Locally, they are now known as the Rocky Steps. Visitors climb the steps stopping every so often to take selfies or have their photographs taken.

Of course, everyone knows that Sylvester Stallone created the Rocky character but he also paid to have three bronze statues of Rocky made. One is to be found at the bottom of those same steps and people regularly have their photographs taken with arms around Rocky’s waist or just standing next to the boxer who fought adversity and won through. In every picture! In the third Rocky film, the statue was at the top of the steps but was removed after filming was completed. It was only returned a few years ago but to the bottom of the steps. Stallone donated it to the city.

If you visit the city you can now follow a Rocky Walk which will take you around twenty locations around the city all of which are connected to the films. It includes places like the zoo, the cemetary and Max’s Steaks which you’ll never find in any of the usual tourist destinations in the city. The walk map will get you there.

With direct flights from London, Philadelphia is  an ideal weekend location or a base to explore both New York and Washington DC both being just a train journey away.


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