There are several absolute classic hits for the 80’s crowd and the Goonies is one of them! Whether you’re a Steven Spielberg fan or a film fam, Goonies brings out the adventure in all of us. Famously filmed in Astoria, Oregon, these Goonies Film Locations are worthy of your road trip to the Pacific Coast! Although the Goondocks itself isn’t a real place, Astoria very much is!
I’m so thankful my kids LOVE travel as well as 80’s movies so when we drove 9000 miles and tent camped across the country, we made it a point to visit the Goonies film locations in Astoria, Oregon! Below are some favorites not to miss for the real Goonie at heart!
From the list below, I recommend starting at the Film Museum, visiting all of the houses and Astoria locations first, then enjoy as much time as you can at the beaches and state park!
the Oregon Film Museum (former Clatsop County Jail)
The Oregon Film Museum should be your first stop in Astoria, Oregon. Located on 732 Duane Street in the old Clatsop County Jail, this is where Mrs. Fratelli springs Jake Fratelli out of jail. While the county jail is mostly untouched from the 80’s and predominately Goonies related, you’ll also see other great film exhibits for Twilight, Kindergarten Cop, National Lampoon and more.
If you’re not a Goonies buff you may not enjoy the film museum as much but you can go inside the famous jail cell and even lay on the bed! There’s FANTASTIC Goonies artwork and life sized cutouts with plenty of opportunities for photo opps. The film museum is pretty small so this will not be a long stop.
Don’t miss the actual jeep used by the Fratellis parked right in front of the jailhouse!
Cannon Beach and Haystack Rock are famously used in many movies, but in the Goonies it is seen as the police chase the Fratellis through the streets of Astoria before ending up in the middle of a motor rally on Cannon Beach. This is where the Fratelli car chase ends.
Haystack Rock is also the rock that the Goonies used to navigate the map – it’s one of the tallest sea stacks in the world! What you don’t typically see in movies is actually how green the top of Haystack Rock is! It’s actually a protected area for puffins and other sea birds. At the base of Haystack Rock is a prime spot during low tide to see many amazing animals in tidal pools like starfish, sea urchin, and so many more.
You can learn more about tidal pool animals on the Pacific Coast here.
Ecola State Park
One of the most beautiful views in the area is found in Ecola State Park. (also seen in Twilight!) Several areas in the park were used for the Goonies film. The Fratelli’s hideout (Lighthouse Lounge), the Goonies treasure hunt when they were on their bikes (Indian Beach trail), and several others.
However, the abandoned old Lighthouse Lounge cafe that was used as a hideout by the Fratellis was actually built specifically for the movie and later removed so it is no longer there.
Cauldron Point – Goat Rock Beach
The final scene from the Goonies film was actually shot at Goat Rock Beach in California although many people assume it was shot at Ecola State Park as well.
Flavel House Museum
The Flavel House is a gorgeous historic museum now but in the Goonies it’s where Mikey’s dad, Mr. Walsh, worked as a museum curator. Located in Astoria at 441 8th Street, you can watch the Goonies cycle down the hill past the museum in search of One Eye’d Willie.
The Flavel house was once the retirement home of Captain George Flavel. It’s a whopping 11,600 square feet and was built in the late 1800’s. You can step back into the 19th century and explore the house and it’s grounds on a self-guided tour. There is much history of the Astoria area here and a great way to spend an hour or a few hours if you have them.
the Walsh family home
The Walsh family home is the famous headquarters for the Goonies! Perhaps one of the most iconic scenes from the film and the trickiest to access! Please do NOT drive up to the house – it is a dead end street for residents only and you will not easily be able to turn around. Please follow any signs you see posted on the street out of courtesy for the residents.
You will need to park a few blocks away and walk uphill for this sacred location! It is located at 368 38th Street and is also near Data’s house. As with any personal property please look only from the road and do not walk up to the house!
Remember the zipline that stretched from Mikey’s house to Data’s house in the Goonies? Yep – you can see this blue house on 304 38th Street. In fact it’s a good place to park near before walking up to the Walsh house.
Although far lesser known in the film, you can drive by Mouth’s house at 32 Skyline Avenue in Astoria.
Astoria Coffee Company
The Astoria Coffee Company in the film where Rosalita is seen crossing the street as the Fratellis speed past with the cops in pursuit is located at 304 37th St.
Lower Columbia Bowl
Remember the scene where Chunk is holding his pizza and milk shake and sees the car chase through the window? This is viewed from the Lower Columbia Bowling alley – 826 Marine Dr.
The Now Movie Locations has even more then vs. now film photos from the Goonies!
Nearby Places NOT to Miss!
If you’ve made the trek to Astoria there are a few places within driving distance that make an amazing addition onto your journey! Below are a few places in Oregon (and beyond) to consider adding to your itinerary.
- Fort Stevens Park – military fort, beach, shipwreck Peter Iredale
- Seaside Aquarium – feed the sea lions & swing at the beach
- 12 Waterfalls Scenic Loop on Columbia River Gorge
- More destinations on the Oregon Coast
- Portland – Voodoo Donuts, Shanghai Tunnels, Chinatown, Old Town Pizza (haunted)
- Wings & Waves Waterpark
- Brigittine Monks Monastery – artisan chocolates, fudge & truffles
- Mt. St. Helens volcano (furthest away approx. 70 miles)
- Ape Caves (approx. 104 miles)
- Sea Lion Caves – Florence, Oregon
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