Philadelphia lost a Rocky landmark when the fictional pet store where Adrian worked was abruptly demolished.
Those scenes have worked their way into the hearts of Rocky fans (The turtle scene gets Rocky impersonator Mike Kunda every time, the Balboa look-alike told the Daily News last year: "It has so much heart. When he's talking to the turtles and he shows that affection to the dog. That's it.")
But despite the store's demise, there are still plenty of Rocky-themed sights to take in around Philadelphia. Here are some options:
The Philadelphia Museum of Art: This is the classic, must-see Rocky location. Rocky's run up the steps in front of the Art Museum is perhaps the franchise's most famous scene. (Tourists were disappointed when the stairs were blocked off during the NFL draft, but they have since reopened.) You can normally get an up-close view of the fictional boxer with the Rocky statue at the base of the museum steps, but starting May 30, that site will be closed for two weeks for Parks and Recreation work being done there.
Rocky 50K route: This is one way to cover many of the fighter's training sites. The route was inspired by a Philadelphia Magazine article mapping out just how far Rocky would have run if he did the route in the Rocky II training montage. It's about 31 miles, or 50 kilometers, and the ultra-run has become an annual event for Philadelphia runners. The route starts at Wolf and Lambert Streets in South Philadelphia, near Rocky's house in the second movie.
Visit Philadelphia's "quintessential Rocky tour": The tourism agency maps out numerous sites that Rocky aficionados should make sure to see. Visit Philly's suggestions for a self-guided tour of Rocky landmarks include the Italian Market, Esposito Meats, Pat's King of Steaks, Isgro Pastries, Victor Cafe, Green Eggs Cafe, and Independence Hall.