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Quintessential Rocky Tour of Philadelphia

City attractions and locations seen in the Rocky films

Philadelphia was forever immortalized on celluloid with the tale of an aspiring boxer with the Academy Award-winning 1976 film Rocky.

Since Rocky Balboa’s first famous run up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the franchise has spawned five sequels, a Broadway musical and a spinoff film Creed that follows Rocky as he mentors the grandson of his friend and onetime rival Apollo Creed.

Get yourself into fighting shape and explore city locations frequented by the beloved fictional Philadelphian.

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Esposito’s Meats

Italian Market butcher shop serving Philadelphia for more than a century

For more than a century, Esposito’s has been the go-to butcher shop in the Italian Market. While it’s doubtful you’ll be able to practice your boxing on a side of beef, you can purchase the high-quality meats and sausages that have made Esposito’s one of Philadelphia’s favorite butcher shops.
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Penn’s Landing

Penn

A hub of family-friendly activity throughout the year

Rocky knows how to have a good time, but he’s also serious about staying in shape. Lace up your shoes and go for a jog along the waterfront at Penn’s Landing, which was on the route of Rocky’s training runs.
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Isgro Pastries

Isgro Pastries

Traditional Italian treats since 1904

While sweets aren't on Rocky's training regimen, you shouldn't feel ashamed in partaking in the treats at Isgro’s in the Italian Market. Since 1904, Isgro’s has been supplying the area with incredible fresh-made cannolis sure satisfy your sweet tooth.
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The Philadelphia Zoo

Philadelphia Zoo

Animals and plants thrive at America’s first zoo

Say "I do" to the Philadelphia Zoo, where Rocky proposed to Adrian in Rocky II. Here you can follow the apes, chimps, goats and other animals as they roam the elevated open-air trail systems that wind through America’s oldest zoo.
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Laurel Hill and West Laurel Hill Cemeteries

Laurel Hill Cemetery

Who’s who of deceased Philadelphia in a magnificent setting

Historic Laurel Hill Cemetery, located just off Kelly Drive, is the site of one of the series’ most touching moments—when Rocky sits in a folding chair and visits Adrian’s grave in Rocky Balboa. Although the headstone used in the film was just a prop, the elaborate mausoleums serve as the final resting place for a number of Philadelphia’s wealthiest citizens and celebrities. Tours take place on the first Friday of each month, and special events run year-round.
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The El Bar

Head beneath the tracks for cheap beer and live music

In the first film, Rocky lived right down the street from the El – or the Elevated rail line – in Philadelphia's Kensington neighborhood. Philadelphia's Elevated rail line is SEPTA's Market-Frankford El, which transverses the city from the Northeast through Center City to West Philadelphia. At the El Bar – situated right underneath the El in Fishtown – you can get a little bit of the vibe from Rocky's neighborhood in the original film. The quasi-dive bar attracts a loyal following, thanks to inexpensive beer and snacks, a pool table and live music on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The enormous outdoor patio provides a perfect spot for enjoying a Kensington Happy Meal, the bar's staple that includes two hot dogs, a bag of chips, a PBR and a toy for $5.
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JG Domestic

Garces goes homegrown

Serving farm-to-table American cuisine, Jose Garces' J.G. Domestic offers delicious lunch and dinner options for travelers passing through 30th Street Station. Bonus: it's located on the ground floor of the Cira Centre, which was featured in Rocky Balboa.
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Victor Cafe

Victor Cafe

Italian with a side of opera

Since 1933, Victor Cafe has been delighting diners with fine Italian cuisine and musical service as the waitstaff is comprised of talented singers performing operatic arias each and every night. The Philly icon plays a key role in the Rocky franchise, transforming into "Adrian's" in Rocky Balboa and the upcoming film Creed.
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