When I’m watching TV shows or movies set in cities I’ve visited, I’m always on the lookout for landmarks I know. For example, when I watch “Suits” or “Suicide Squad,” I look for the Toronto sights I pass every day. When I’m travelling, I’m always drawn to places where famous TV shows or films have taken place. I’ve come up with five iconic TV shows and films that feature sights and landmarks in Philadelphia. Start planning your trip to Philly and don’t forget a hotel! There are many IHG hotels in downtown Philadelphia that are close to many sites to see!
Philadelphia Museum of Art — “Rocky” and “Boy Meets World”
Who hasn’t dreamed of running up and down the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, just like Rocky? And who could forget that Cory Matthews from “Boy Meets World” grew up in Philadelphia before moving to New York City and having two adorable kids with Topanga Lawrence?
While “Boy Meets World” wasn’t actually filmed in Philadelphia, in the episode “Starry Night,” Cory and Topanga go on a date to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The museum is super close to downtown, so you’ll be right by lots of other great sights.
The Schuylkill River Loop – “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”
There are tons of filming sights to see in Philadelphia from this show. Because I am a fan of taking walks along the water, I had to choose this one. In the episode “Thunder Gun Express,” Frank asks Captain Tom if he can catch a ride up river in a boat. Frank doesn’t have $15 to pay for the ride, so he hijacks the boat.
Lincoln Field/Wells Fargo Center – “Silver Linings Playbook”
One of my favourite movies, “Silver Linings Playbook” was filmed and set in Philadelphia. Pat often references Eagles games, and he can be seen tailgating in the Wells Fargo Center parking lot. While the characters don’t go inside the field, it can be seen in shots from the highway.
One of my family’s favourite things to do when travelling is to catch a game, whether that’s baseball in Cleveland, basketball in New York, muay thai in Thailand, or football in Philadelphia. Going to a game and cheering on the home team is a great way to get out and explore the city.
Philadelphia Zoo – “How to Get Away With Murder”
In Philadelphia, the Keating 5, their professor, and their legal advisors help defend possible murderers and cover up their own all over the city. At the Philadelphia Zoo, you can see the adorable lion cubs Kasaba, Mali, Msinga, and Sabi eat a pharmaceutical representative alive. The team has to defend a groundskeeper to keep him out of jail on a first-degree murder charge.
West Philadelphia – “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air”
Everyone knows where the Fresh Prince of Bel Air was born and raised. Will’s mom didn’t want him to go through high school in West Philadelphia, where he was bullied by gang members, you can see Will head back to Philadelphia at the end of the show’s fourth season.
There’s plenty to do and see in West Philadelphia, including The Please Don’t Touch Museum, which looks like a lot of hands-on fun for kids and adults alike. There’s even a carousel!
What are your top Philadelphia sights?