The Goonies Guide to Astoria and Warrenton
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From Kindergarten Cop to Short Circuit, Oregon’s North Coast has been host to a number of great 80s and 90s films, but only one has gained cult status: The Goonies. Explore the scenes for yourself, revel in the nostalgia of Mikey and the gang’s epic voyage, and you’ll soon find that in Astoria, Goonies never say die.
Scout the spots: Take a self-guided tour of the “goondocks” movie scene locations throughout Astoria:
**** Visitors are asked to view "The Goonies House" from a distance due to vandalism, trespassing and other issues. The alternative viewing site from the Riverwalk near the Comfort Suites is easily accessed and provides a great view of the Goon Docks hillside - and sea lions! ****
Take-two: Fans will recall the Oregon Film Museum from its past life as the Clatsop County Jail, where Jake Fratelli makes his fiery escape in the opening scene of The Goonies. Today, visitors can recreate their favorite Goonies moments in their own feature film, browse the Goonies gallery and even take their own mug shot.
Save the date: Recurring annually on June 7, fans flock to Astoria for the annual Goonies Day celebration, complete with treasure hunting, group truffle shuffles, trivia scavenger hunts and more.
Get Goonies gear: You can find all your Goonies commemorative gear and souvenirs here.
Expand your knowledge: Did you know the first motion picture made in Oregon was filmed in Astoria in 1908? Astoria and Oregon's North Coast have been home to many iconic movies, tv shows and commercials beyond just The Goonies. See the full list of Oregon-made movies kept by the Office of Film and Television. How many do you recognize?
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Audio Tours of Astoria & Warrenton
Travelers to the historic regions of Astoria and Warrenton, Ore., can feel like locals with two downloadable audio tours created in 2008 highlighting popular historic attractions and movie scene locations. Narrated by local experts who reveal little-known facts and help visitors relive past eras, the tours were produced by and are available through the Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce. Stream or download the tours now at no cost.
“Astoria & Warrenton’s Historical Attractions” tour features 21 locations around the community with historical significance, including the Flavel House, the Astoria Column and Fort Clatsop. Tour narrators share tidbits about Lewis and Clark’s expedition, the fish canning industry and maritime tales, among other topics.
“The Reel Astoria” tour includes 12 destinations featured in major motion pictures, most famously the cult classic “The Goonies.” Notable highlights include the jail where the Fratelli brothers caused a ruckus, now open to the public as the Oregon Film Museum, and Ecola State Park, where the kids discover the Fratellis’ hideout. Movie hounds can also visit the school where (former California Governor) Arnold Schwarzenegger taught in “Kindergarten Cop” and the spooky house from the “The Ring Two.”
Save the Goondocks!
Visitors come from all over the world to see the house used as a location for the “Walsh family residence” in The Goonies. This house is located on a dead-end hillside in the small community of Astoria, Oregon. While many visitors are very gracious and appreciative of being able to relive this childhood adventure, they are visiting in such a number that it is making life miserable for the neighborhood. We have been asked to help redirect visitors away from visiting the actual house and to view it from a distance.
View points from which to see the house are marked on this map.
During the summer and fall of 2014, the Astoria- Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce and City officials met with residents of the neighborhood to hear their concerns. As a result, we identified an alternate parking area by the nearby school (seen in film Kindergarten Cop - bonus!) to help move traffic away from the troublesome dead-end. We posted signs and retrained front-line staff to encourage visitors to be courteous, tread lightly and use common courtesy. While this helped with some issues, it caused new ones as well and we are asking visitors to give the residents a break and view the location from a distance. We also encourage you to visit the Oregon Film Museum for an up-close experience with our movie making history, housed in a filming location from The Goonies.
Put yourselves in the neighbors' shoes and you can’t blame them for wanting some privacy and relief from the throngs of visitors. Aside from seeing more bellies flashed while doing the Truffle Shuffle in a day than most people would see in a lifetime, they are subjected to a number of things that make their life difficult…
Parking. In the excitement of visiting the Goonies house, our visitors seem to miss (or ignore) normal parking rules. The block of Duane Street and all of 38th is very narrow and as a result parking is allowed only on one side of the street. The side of the street without parking also acts as a fire lane for emergency crews that may need to visit this area. Many streets in historic Astoria are narrow and this area also leads to a dead-end with no outlet for visitors that go east of 37th on Duane. Residents have found visitors parked in their driveways and even on their lawn at times.
Garbage. Cigarette butts. Dog poop. Burger wrappers. Diapers. It is amazing how much gets left behind by visitors for our residents to clean up after them. It’s gross and no one wants to be a public janitor in their own residence. When toying with the idea of installing a public garbage can, the decision was made that it would be better to encourage visitors to carry out what they carry in than to provide a bin that would seem like an invitation to clean out their cars.
Pedestrian Safety. Again, this is a real neighborhood with people coming to and from their homes on a regular basis. Some visitors forget this and feel as though they are on a movie studio set and have free reign. This means finding groups of pedestrians in the middle of the street and near-misses that could be easily avoided if people used the sidewalk. The gravel road that leads to the hilltop that the goonies house sits on is narrow and it would be advised for pedestrians to stay single file on the side of this road where they visible to residents driving from the top and bottom.
The Golden Rule. Treat others as you'd like to be treated. Put yourselves in their shoes. How would you feel about groups of people streaming past your house talking loudly at all hours of the day and night? How about knocking on your door at 3AM to ask questions about what it was like during filming 30 years ago? Or being cussed out by a stranger when standing in your own yard?
This suggestion goes to both neighborhood residents and visitors alike as it would make everything more tolerable if everyone puts aside preconceived notions and treated each other with courtesy.
Trouble in the Goondocks
This group is parked on the wrong side of the street for two reasons: the car is going against the direction of traffic and also ignoring the signs that state that entire side of the street is a no parking zone to preserve two-way traffic. The photographer pointed this out to them before taking this picture and they chose to stay put.
This page updated August 7, 2015.