Philadelphia’s most famous fictional character is the boxer Rocky Balboa, and the site of the iconic scene from the movie, when Rocky runs up the steps of the Art Museum is also one of the city’s most popular attractions. At the foot of the steps to the museum’s east entrance, you’ll find the Rocky Statue—a larger-than-life mold of the Italian Stallion himself, cast in bronze, and posed victoriously with his arms outstretched over his head. After taking a photo with the immortalized Rocky, you can lace up your running shoes and make your own triumphant run up the stairs to recreate his pose yourself as you enjoy a great view of the city and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
The Rocky Statue and Steps are found at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, southwest of downtown, along the Schuykill River. It’s free to visit both anytime, however, when the weather is nice, there is often a short line of people waiting to take photos with the statue.