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Hey, You Guys! 5 Oregon Locations Every Goonies Fan Should Visit

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Dhinesh Manuel
Written by Dhinesh Manuel

If you were a pre-teen back in the 80s, then the words “Truffle Shuffle,” “One-Eyed Willie,” and the fictitious neighborhood of the “Goon Docks” are all probably still fresh in your mind. After all, how could you forget a classic movie like The Goonies? It was on June 7 back in 1985 that the revered flick was released and in commemoration of 32 years of thrilling audiences both young and old, we’re taking a closer look at some of the locations you can visit in Oregon to relive scenes from the movie.

The Walsh Family Residence in the “Goon Docks”

Corner of Duane and 37th Streets

A lot of the movie was shot in Astoria, Oregon, and highlighted the city’s maritime history, Victorian architecture, and great natural beauty. Central to the story is the Astoria neighborhood that served as the “Goon Docks,” and an important part of which was the “Walsh Family residence,” the home where The Goonies (Mikey and Brand Walsh, Data, Mouth, and Chunk) would meet up and hatch new adventures. The home can still be visited by foot, but the community has discouraged visitors due to littering, parking problems, and the general nuisance caused by the hundreds of die-hard fans coming through the quiet neighborhood. Instead of visiting, respect the privacy of the residents and view the home from Columbia Fields on Highway 30 near 36th Street instead.

Oregon Film Museum

732 Duane Street

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Formerly the Clatsop County Jail, the building is where Jake Fratelli escapes with the help of his mother and brother. The former jail has now become the Oregon Film Museum, dedicated to movies made in the state of Oregon. You’ll find costumes and memorabilia from The Goonies, Kindergarten Cop, Free Willy, Twilight, Sometimes a Great Notion, and National Lampoon’s Animal House. Parked outside you can also take a cool picture alongside an SUV similar to the one used by the Fratelli gang in the movie, complete with bullet holes.

Captain George Flavel House Museum

441 8th Street

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Featured in the movie as the museum where Mikey Walsh’s father works as a curator, this real-life house museum is on the National Register of Historic Places. It was built in 1885 by Capt. George Flavel, a Columbia River harbor pilot who became one of the first millionaires in the area.

Cannon Beach and Haystack Rock

Famous Haystack Rock reflections, Cannon Beach, Oregon

In the movie, right after the Fratelli jailbreak, the criminal family’s SUV is chased by police through the streets of Astoria. The SUV finally escapes by mingling in with other vehicles taking part in the “Astoria ORV Rally” that’s taking place on Cannon Beach. Another notable landmark seen during the race scene is Haystack Rock, a 72-meter high vertical rock formation right off the beach.

Ecola State Park

Crescent Beach at Ecola State Park near Cannon Beach, Oregon, USA

Famous for its lush greenery and amazing views of the rocky coastline as well as its significance to the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Ecola State Park gets its fair share of visits from Goonie fans. The park was the location for many scenes in the movie. After The Goonies discover pirate One-Eyed Willie’s treasure map, they are shown riding up the access road to the park. Later, Mikey’s brother Brand is pushed off the same road by his high school arch-enemy. The park has a couple of well-known vantage points in Ecola Point and Indian Beach — both of which feature in prominent scenes of the movie.

Are you a Goonies fan? have you visited any of these locations? Let us know in the comments!

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Dhinesh Manuel

Dhinesh Manuel

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