Let's Go Goonies!
Since its release in 1985, The Goonies has become a cult-classic as well as beloved by new generations of fans every year. Much of the movie was filmed in the coastal city of Astoria, OR. Fans love to make pilgrimages to the various locations used in the film and love to capture the moment in photos. Here's my own trip to Astoria, OR to visit the Goonies House as well as other filming spots!
Once a Goonie, Always a Goonie!
The 1985 film written by Steven Spielberg and Chris Columbus and directed by Richard Donner follows four adolescent boys on an adventure to find the mysterious treasure of the pirate One-Eyed Willy. Why? Not only is it exciting but the Goonies are on a race against time to find a way to save their homes from developers.
The movie has become a cult-classic among those of us who grew up in the 1980s. It starred the likes of Sean Astin, Corey Feldman, Jonathan Ke Quan, Josh Brolin, Martha Plimpton, Kerri Green, Joe Pantoliano, Robert Davi, and of course Anne Ramsey as the beloved Mama Fratelli.
In June 2005, the Never Say Die! Goonies 20th Anniversary Celebration was held in Astoria, OR. Fans from around the world converged to watch the movie in the Columbian Theater as well as travel to the various locations used in the film.
June 5th-7th, 2015, saw Astoria celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Goonies, featuring a "Sail with Sloth" boat ride, a 5k Truffle Shuffle fun run, a "Farewell to Warren Field" (the football field from the opening sequence), a Goonies trivia night, as well as public tours of the various filming locations around Astoria. Jeff Cohen (Chunk) attended as well as talked about his memories of filming.
Clatsop County Jail: Jail Break! Jail Break!
The opening of The Goonies begins with the dramatic jail break of Jake Fratelli. His brother Francis Fratelli literally sets the parking lot ablaze while Mama Fratelli waits in the Jeep.
The original jail for Clatsop County was used from 1914 until it was decommissioned in 1976. The longest used, free-standing jail in Oregon, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983, two years before The Goonies was released. It was also used in Come See The Paradise and Short Circuit.
in the summer of 2010 the jail was reopened as a museum dedicated to all the movies filmed in Astoria, including The Goonies. It is located at 732 Duane Street at 9th Street, Astoria, OR.
The Bowling Alley
In the exciting car chase that begins the film, Lawrence 'Chunk' Cohen, one of the four main characters, is seen eating pizza when he sees the Fratelli's black Jeep and police cars race past the bowling alley windows.
Fun fact: the pizza Chunk is pressing up against the bowling alley window was placed to strategically cover the McDonald's sign that reflected from across the street.
Even twenty years later, LC Bowl is still in operation. It is located at the intersection of HWY 30 & 8th Street, in downtown Astoria, OR.
The Walsh House
Home to Mikey and Brand Walsh, as well as headquarters to the Goonies, this house features at the center of the plot. In a few days' time, Mr Walsh will be forced to sign papers and sell the house to developers who want to tear it down. Mikey and his friends are desperate to find a way to stop this, as they don't want to move away! Luckily a trip into the attic reveals a treasure map that might possibly lead them to a solution to all their problems!
Located at 368 38th Street, Astoria, OR, this is one of the most memorable visuals in the entire film. Although the present owners don't mind you walking up the gravel drive and taking a picture of yourself in front of the house, please remember to never drive your up vehicle the driveway hill. And please be courteous and don't bother them or try to peek inside!
The Wang House
Richard 'Data' Wang lives just across the gravel driveway from Mikey and Brand Walsh. And you might say he likes to "drop" in from time to time!
Seen only for a handful of seconds in the film, Data's house is literally right next to the Goonies house. So you might as well snap a picture of you yelling "I want my bike! I want my bike!" while you're up there!
The Flavel House
After "tying" his brother Brand up, Mikey, Mouth, Chunk, and Data race down the hill into town bent on trying to find their way to One-Eyed Willy's treasure. On the way they pass the local museum where Mikey's dad works.
In reality, the Flavel House was an actual home before being donated to the city of Astoria. Located at 441 8th Street, in Astoria, OR, it is actually located directly across the street from the original Clatsop County Jail used in the opening sequence.
Built in 1885 for Capt. George Flavel and his family, this Queen Anne-style home is now a museum. If you're in town on the travel of the Goonies, definitely take a break and visit it!
Other Goonie Locations: There's More, You Say!
This isn't all the filming locations used in the movie -- there are others in Oregon and California that I haven't yet had a chance to visit. But here's a list of them in case you can!
Ecola State Park (entrance): Right off Hwy. 101, 2 miles north of Cannon Beach, the entranced was used in the movie while the Goonies were searching for One-Eyed Willy's treasure. You can see them riding their bikes along the drive.
High School Football Field: One block South of the Maritime Museum, on Exchange Street between 18th and 20th Streets, the John Warren Field football field is seen in the movie during the opening car chase. Andy is coaching the cheerleaders into a pyramid formation. The field was built over in late 2015, as an treatment center extension of OHSU.
Haystack Rock: Located just south of Cannon Beach, OR, you honestly cannot miss this giant natural landmark! Used in the scene when the Goonies match the doubloon to find the hideout of the Fratelli's.
The Lighthouse Lounge: Although it was built as a set inside Ecola State Park, the actual building itself no longer exists. But with a little hard work you can find the place where it used to reside!
Goat Rock State Beach, CA: Used at the end of the film after the Goonies escape the cave-in, this beach is just off Highway 1, south of Jenner in Sonoma County, CA.
The Corner Grocery Store: Only seen in the deleted scenes of the DVD, the store used in the film is located at 304 37th St, in Astoria, OR. It's now the Astoria Coffee Company.
The Goonies 'R' Good Enough!
My Own Goonie Adventure!
I can still remember the first time I saw The Goonies... I must have been have been about six, and it was by accident. My mom had stopped by a friend's house and I was sent in to stay with her older children who just happened to be watching The Goonies at the time. The first scene I ever saw was when Chunk got locked in the freezer with the stiff! So you can imagine it stuck with me from that point on.
It was until a few years later that I saw the movie in its entirety. During my teen years The Goonies became a staple in my film library and I was always watching it. Ironically, it never dawned on me that I only lived barely an hour away from where the movie was filmed!
It wasn't until 2008 that the opportunity came up and I got a chance to visit Astoria, OR. So a very sunny day in late August, I followed in the footsteps of the Goonies and visited the Clatsop County Jail, the Flavel House, the Bowling Alley, and the mother of them all, the actual Goonie House!
There aren't words to describe how exciting it is to visit a place you've seen so many times on a TV screen. Especially one that has grown to be a part of you life. Walking up the gravel driveway to the Goonie House gave me shivers. Standing where the characters stood, seeing the views they saw, it's all so amazing!
More of the Goondocks! Pictures from the Oregon Film Museum
Goonies Memorabilia Donated to the Oregon Film Museum
© 2009 missbat
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Jen withFlash on January 21, 2016:
Love this movie!! Nice to see a great hub by a fellow Squidoo-er :)
matthew-marsillo on May 07, 2014:
Have always love the Goonies used to have it on VHS and one day want to get the DVD!!! First saw this gem with my brother and two cousins at their house upstate New York and fell in love with it ever since!!! The characters are endearing the plot is excellent sloth is so lovable and of course the real life locations are just terrific!!! Always love the titel track the Goonies R Good Enough by Cyndi Lauper and the music vide was just like the movie!!! Everything about this movie is perfect and as Mikey says Goonies Never Say Die Oh Yeah!!!!!!!
mezmerelda on April 26, 2014:
Wish I could go to Astoria :(
Wilemi on April 10, 2014:
Love the Goonies!! One the best memories watching as a kid was watching this movie again and again! Now my kids are doing the same :) and has we did when we were younger have great time in the imaginary play world being Goonies! Always a Goonie!
anonymous on October 16, 2012:
I am 43 years old now and my younger brother then 6 (ten years younger than me) said I took him to see this movie. It has been a staple in both of our libraries and all 7 of our kids combined have seen Goonies a gazillion of times! Goonies never say die!
anonymous on June 21, 2012:
Loved that movie. My kids 14, 9 & 6 have come to love that movie too. We are planning a trip to the Oregon Coast this weekend an plan to see all the locations. Thanks for putting this together. I'm sure it will help a lot.
jakealoo on May 29, 2012:
Lived in Eugene, Oregon for a while and went to the University actually. Awesome lens and Go Ducks!!!
Kristen from Wisconsin on May 17, 2012:
Nothing beats GOONIES NEVER SAY DIE!
TravelDiaries on March 29, 2012:
OMG how I loooved that movie. Always brings fun memories. Thanks for the fun lens.
jadehorseshoe on December 29, 2011:
A Goonieful Lens! Great Job!!!!
danzuc76 on October 12, 2011:
Really love your lens. Goonies rule!
anonymous on August 20, 2011:
I know the movie by heart, now my 9 & 10 year old do too! So i'm not telling them we are going to see the filming locations when we go camping in Seaside soon. Thay haven't a clue but are going to be excited!!!
trippste on August 01, 2011:
The Goonies is one of my favorite movies of all time. Great lens!
uncreative lm on July 14, 2011:
Great lens. Goonies is a classic 80's film. Chunk was my favourite character
JoshK47 on June 28, 2011:
I'd love to visit Astoria sometime, I really love the Goonies. The pop-punk band the Ataris actually even has an album with a song called So Long, Astoria with references to the movie. Fantastic stuff!
LiquidGranite1 on June 16, 2011:
A great idea for a perfect lens.
bikerchickie on June 10, 2011:
This was definitely one of my favorite movies as a child.
- "Is this supposed to be water?"
- "It's wet, ain't it? Drink it!"
Great lens! :)
artshock on June 02, 2011:
TransientTimes on May 02, 2011:
Ingenious! Wonderful Lens!!
GoodinDevelopme on April 09, 2011:
One of my favorite movies of all time. Thanks for giving us a little more of Goon Dock goodness. Great lens.
GetSillyProduct on April 04, 2011:
Stephen Carr from Corona, CA on March 14, 2011:
I liked the Goonies, terrific lens!
Glory Miller from USA on March 09, 2011:
I remember going to the theater to see the movie. Thanks for giving us a look at the locations used in the film.
jvsper63 on February 28, 2011:
Really good idea. Nicely done
Oliversbabycarecouk on February 14, 2011:
such a brilliant lens.
Steve and Annette on January 21, 2011:
I love the movie Goonies and my daughter loves the movie "Kindergarten Cop" which was also filmed in Astoria. I've been through Astoria many times but not on a Goonies pilgrimmage.
anonymous on January 17, 2011:
this lens brings back memories i had a mate who looked like sloth real shame he always got a lot of stick ...i used to howl at chunk what a character
TeacherSerenia on January 13, 2011:
The Goonies was like the Breakfast Club. A pre-teenage coming of age movie - that is now 25 years old and a classic. One of my favourite movies when I was growing up. Very informative lens, thank you.
JeffreyTymczak LM on December 27, 2010:
Clever Lens...very clever. ;D
javr from British Columbia, Canada on December 21, 2010:
I visited Astoria years just after the film was made but didn't know at the time. This lens has been blessed by a Squid Angel.
Vicki Green from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA on December 09, 2010:
Goonies is one of my all-time favorite movies. I haven't been to Astoria for many years - long before the movie came out, but I'd like to go back and check out the scenes from the film. Great job showing the film sites. Adding my SquidAngel blessing making it 2 in a row!
eclecticeducati1 on December 08, 2010:
Great lens! Blessed by a Squid Angel.
hunksparrow on November 26, 2010:
I think I may need to make this trip. This was my all-time favorite movie growing up.
anonymous on November 05, 2010:
I still will start yelling out "Fifty dollar bill, fifty dollar bill!" when I get excited over something. LOVE the Goonies!
blujeanmomma from Rocky Mountains on October 28, 2010:
I can't believe that the Goonies came out in '85. It's just as good today & will be just as good tomorrow.
Very nice lens!
free ebooks onl on October 27, 2010:
Fun! I've been to Astoria a few times, and on my first trip I found all those locations.
Loretta from United States on October 10, 2010:
What a fun road trip that would make!
WriterBuzz on October 04, 2010:
Nice idea for a lens. Very informative. Gave you a quick thumbs up.
anonymous on October 01, 2010:
I had never ever heard of the Gonnies House. This was fun to see, you did a great job MissBat!
Kiwisoutback from Massachusetts on September 19, 2010:
I was in the Astoria area a few years back and never even thought to check this out. Next time! Thanks for the nostalgia.
Nathalie Roy from France (Canadian expat) on September 14, 2010:
You know what, I have seen the movie only once....in 1985! Maybe I should pick up the DVD and watch again, because obviously I don't remember anything from the show. All the places you mention and even the actors, I don't remember anything
anonymous on August 25, 2010:
Wonderful goonies house!
anonymous on July 19, 2010:
The 25th anniversary this year, they opened up the Goonies House again! The visitors center in town has tshirts, and other paraphernalia with the logo for sale.
missbat (author) on April 25, 2010:
@anonymous: Hi Louise, I hope you see this. You may credit me as Miss Bat, or as Anonymous, either one is fine. This lens was created on 7/24/09. I hope this helps your project and good luck!
anonymous on April 23, 2010:
Hi there i'm doing a school project on Goonie websites, i was wondering if is ok to use this one? if so please may I have your name (or I can leave you anonymous if you prefer) and the date this site was created? thank you, Lou
Moe Wood from Eastern Ontario on March 07, 2010:
That is soo cool you got to follow their steps. I love the Goonies. I watched it recently, forcing DH to watch it too. He just didn't enjoy the nuisances of this film as much as I did. It takes a special person to love the Goonies after all this time!
Linda Hoxie from Idaho on February 04, 2010:
I love this lens, Astoria is a beautiful place to visit too! Thanks for being part of the Exploring Oregon Group. I have just updated our group and wanted to invite all the lensmasters to see our new facelift! 5* to a great Squidoo Lensmaster!
Dianne Loomos on December 31, 2009:
Angel Blessings and Happy New Year!
anonymous on November 03, 2009:
we moved from Oregon about three years ago and I never got a chance to get out their. but on my visit back This is defanetly one of the spots I want to hit up.
momto4 lm on September 28, 2009:
I love that movie! I didn't know you could go visit the house. I'll have to tell my husband. He's a huge Goonies fan! Great lens!
Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on September 20, 2009:
I didn't see the Goonies but the locations pictured here, are beautful!
LoKackl on August 23, 2009:
I love that you included so much information so Goonie fans can keep the flame alive with stuff that includes the Clatsop County Jail, the Flavel House, the Bowling Alley, and the mother of them all, the actual Goonie House!
Joan4 on August 15, 2009:
Congratulations on that beautiful purple star! Blessed by this SquidAngel too!
Rhonda Albom from New Zealand on August 15, 2009:
I think I am the only one, but I never heard of it. We go to the video store every monday so I will see if they have it. Great lens.
anonymous on August 13, 2009:
We love The Goonies too - the scene at the end of the film as the galleon sails away into the distance always gives me a tingle in my spine. "Hey, you guys!"
SquidAngel Blessings for a well done and unusual lens, with your own personal content. Love it!
Michaelfowkes on August 10, 2009:
Cool lens. The Goonies rocks!
Carol Goss on August 09, 2009:
I live in Portland, Oregon but never been to Astoria. Nice lens.
BlissNow LM on August 08, 2009:
Oh, my gosh, I loved that movie! In fact I just saw it again about a year ago. What an original idea for a lens!
GrowWear on August 05, 2009:
That Flavel house is beautiful! Great lens!
Laurel Johnson from Washington KS on August 05, 2009:
Interesting lens!! Entertaining too.
Kerri Bee from Upstate, NY on August 03, 2009:
[in reply to Joan4] Are you kidding, Joan? Get thyself to the nearest DVD rental location immediately!
Sandy Mertens from Frozen Tundra on August 03, 2009:
I watched the Goonies. Nice lens.
Joan4 on August 01, 2009:
Somehow I missed out on the Goonies movie, but fun to see the photos from the actual town it was filmed! I would love to tour the Flavel house - maybe one day I will visit Oregon!
Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on July 31, 2009:
Hey, You Guyyyyyyyyys! I love this movie and love this lens. What fun! Goonies is one of my most favorite movies. I watched it so many times with our son that he and I could practically recite the whole thing. Love it! Great work.
missbat (author) on July 31, 2009:
[in reply to blondeheroine] I just published one on the Santa Cruz Boardwalk but I like that idea! Thanks for it! And yes, please do one of BTTF locations!
blondeheroine on July 31, 2009:
Awww! This is adorable! I hope to one day do the same for Back to the Future. Have you done The Lost Boys locations or did I just miss it? You've totally got to do that, too!
Dianne Loomos on July 31, 2009:
I didn't know this movie was still so popular. Enjoyed reading this lens.