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Goonies Never Die In Astoria, Oregon

March 14th, 2007 · 18 Comments

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Just how far would a Travel Betty go to fulfill a childhood dream? If you said, “maybe about an hour and a half out of her way,” you’re right. I mean, let’s not get ridiculous. When you’re exploring a whole new city as incredibly amazing as Portland and only have two days to do so, an hour and a half drive is actually a pretty big commitment. But it’s also pretty worth it in this case.

The Goonies. You know them. You love them. You know they plied the goondocks of Astoria, Oregon. What you probably don’t know is that you too can pretend you’re One-Eyed-Willying around with Mouth, Data, Chunk, Mikey, Sloth and the rest if you just know where to look. And luckily, they don’t make looking difficult in Astoria. Simply go to the visitor center and ask. That’s how I then found myself not fifteen minutes later standing proud and triumphant in front of the house from my childhood dreams.

Me and Travel Boyfriend basically drove into town with nothing more than mild amusement (his) and the strong belief in Goonie-Power (mine). No map. No Google search. I just figured if I was meant to see the house, the house would appear. Nevermind it had been years since I saw the movie. Nevermind Astoria had lots of nostalgically cool houses to distract and confuse a Goonie fanatic. And nevermind that the real Goonie house is not only off the beaten path, but also set off from the street so that you have to park your car and walk up a cindered side road to access it. All I can say is, thank God for that visitor center or I would have been driving back to Portland with a now less-than-mildly-amused companion.

Of course, if for some reason you don’t feel the same Goonies-pull I do (gasp!), there are other movie location treats to discover.

Also shot in comely Astoria:

Overboard- Morality tale instructing women (even rich ones) that their place is in the home. Sample Dialogue:

Kurt Russel as Poor Man/Love Interest: What could I give you that you don’t already have?
Goldie Hawn as Rich Bitch Reformed: A little girl.
Audience: Awwwwwww!

Free Willy- Boy meets whale blubber-fest

Short Circuit- Something about computers and Steve Guttenberg. Translation: box office gold!

Kindergarten Cop- He was right, it wasn’t a tumor. And now unfortunately he’s my governor.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III- I dare say, the best of the trilogy.

I’m telling you, Astoria, Oregon is it as a pop culture mecca. But still you may be asking yourself, was it really worth it, Travel Betty? Was it worth the 90-mile drive just to stand for 3 minutes in front of a house from a crappy 80s kids movie? Well, dear reader, first of all it was so not crappy. Second of all, you bet your sweet Chester Copperpot it was!

Travel Betty Basics

Astoria Visitor Center
111 West Marine Drive
Astoria, Oregon
(503) 325-6311

Goonies house location:
368 38th Street
Astoria, Oregon
(be respectful of current inhabitants, please)

Travel Betty Banter

Have you already made a visit to the Goonie’s house? Or are you just a fan with the desire to do so? Share your adventure in the comments section.

Other Betties blogging about the Goonies:

Kiddo 78: Goonies – 20 Year Reunion
The Prognosticator – Movies of My Life: The Goonies
Celebrity Puke – Corey Feldman Looking More Like Sloth

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Tags: Oregon · Pop Culture · USA

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  • 18 responses so far ↓

    • 1 Paulette // Dec 16, 2007 at 8:36 pm

      I visited the Goonies house in Feb. 2005. We drove from Massachusetts to Oregon and I wasn’t leaving without a picture. I too stopped at the visitor’s center and purchased several Goonie items and a booklet describing the movies made in Astoria. I love the area and want to retire there. I also want to go to the next reunion. If you have info on that, please send. Thanks

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    • 2 Travel Betty // Dec 20, 2007 at 3:41 pm

      I want to buy a summer house there! Don’t know about the reunion, Paulette. But if it happens, I’m sure I’ll see you there!

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    • 4 Nathan // Apr 1, 2008 at 9:17 am

      My wife and I spent 3 days in Astoria last week and it was amazing! I too wanted to see the Goonie house more than anything. We experienced so much history and good food! Astoria is amazing as far as I’m concerned. Definitely visit Josephson’s Smokehouse for some wine-maple cold smoked salmon. The Flavel House is also a great stop. (Great family history) The Astoria Column was amazing too. We were there for 2 1/2 days and it was the perfect amount of time to stay busy each day seeing all of the important sites.

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    • 5 Travel Betty // Apr 6, 2008 at 8:14 pm

      Sounds fabulous, Nathan. I wish I’d had more than an afternoon to spend in Astoria. Thanks for the tips. Hopefully I can make a return visit soon.

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    • 6 Javi // Jul 25, 2008 at 12:41 am

      I’m gonna visit Astoria in a week because is a place of my dreams. I’m one of the biggest goonies fan ever !

      Could you tell me where can I find the nearest hotel or lodging to goonies house?

      Greetings from Spain

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    • 7 Travel Betty // Jul 25, 2008 at 7:26 am

      That’s awesome, Javi! Have a blast. Indeed it appears you ARE the biggest Goonie’s fan if you’re traveling all the way from Spain :)

      Since I only did a day trip, I don’t know about lodging, but I bet if you call the visitor’s center, they’ll have lots of great information.

      Let us know how your trip went!

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    • 8 Nootka // Sep 29, 2008 at 12:06 pm

      We are a company in Astoria, and have made a chart of the shipwrecks in the area.
      We have a definite Goonies connection in the chart, too.
      Lots of great places to stay, here, and filming locations are easy to find.

      The locals love to point ‘em out.
      My sister in law used to own the Goonies house, and my mom lived near the old Short Circuit house. :)

      This business is located in a movie point of interest: TMNT crew stayed here!

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    • 9 Travel Betty // Oct 8, 2008 at 10:12 pm

      Oh MY, your sister-in-law owned the Goonies house?? Wow, that’s so awesome, Nootka!!

      I hope those charts of your lead you to some of One-Eyed Willie’s dubloons :)

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    • 10 Jack Wells // Dec 28, 2008 at 6:04 pm

      I’ve been to Astoria before, but didn’t make it to the Goonies house. However I’m going there tomorrow and am not leaving until I do! Also, did you get a chance to at least drive by the Flavel House? That’s the house that Mikey’s dad is trying to put a flag up at in the very begining of the movie when the boys are racing home on their bikes. I don’t think it was restored and open as a musem at the time of filming, but it’s gorgeous now. I only saw the outside of it on my last trip but wont settle for less than a full tour this time ;P

      Go Goonies Geeks!

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    • 11 P & J // May 5, 2009 at 9:32 pm

      Thank you so much for your info about the Goonies house. Because of your page, our day was made today when we got our sacred picture.

      Many thanks!

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    • 12 Travel Betty // May 5, 2009 at 9:45 pm

      Missed out on the Flavel House, Jack. Guess it’s time for a return trip :)

      So glad to hear it P&J. That’s awesome!

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    • 13 dino // May 14, 2009 at 8:17 pm

      how are the people in the goonie house? are they ok with everyone taking pictures there? Im a HUGE fan and can not wait to get to astoria.

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    • 14 Travel Betty // May 14, 2009 at 9:57 pm

      Hi Dino,

      I didn’t see anyone. I hope they’re not too annoyed. I think if you’re buying a house with a history like that, you’re kind of signing up for this sort of thing. That said, tread lightly and be respectful. No peeking in windows or messing up the yard! :)

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    • 15 Mick // May 24, 2009 at 3:51 am

      Great to see so many other people with fond memories of The Goonies (I watched it again on TV last night (here in the UK). I hope to see ‘the house’ later this year – my partner is from Vancouver BC – so it shoudn’t be too much hassle for us.

      You may also be interested toknow that Brownsville in Oregon was used for teh movie Stand By Me – i visited the town a couple of years ago and saw all the houses and areas used – they even do a SBM movie location map at the town.

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    • 16 Jake // Oct 2, 2009 at 11:11 pm

      I just luckily happened to be at the 25th anniversary of The Goonies in Astoria after sailing down from Seattle, crossing the bar and making my way up the Columbia River. I have to say it was one of the proudest moments of my life. I truly feel I was meant to be there. I too saw the house among many other Goonie sights. I’ll remember it forever! They also had a one night showing of The Goonies at a local one screen theater where Goonie fans packed in, ate pizza and had a great time watching a movie from the past.

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    • 17 Fig // Nov 9, 2009 at 9:05 pm

      Goonies never say die! I live south of Astoria on the coast. Astoria is a great city. so much history to it. try the Columbian for a movie night, the Voodoo Room for a drink, Fort George Brewery for a local beer, Blue Scorcher bakery for an organic goodie, the Elliot Hotel, and the Fisher-Poets Gathering for poetry and music…. and lots more to this jewel of a city….

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    • 18 Quenn // Jul 15, 2010 at 12:34 am

      Thanks so much for posting this address! I’ve been to Astoria 3 times and never managed to find the house! Even from Astoria column It’s hard to look out over the city and see that familiar outline. We drove all over the city but only had an hour to spend there each time. So at least now I know it wouldn’t have been easily found by simply driving all over. I’m going back again in Sept. and Will finally get my photo!!! : )))) GOONIES, NEVER SAY DIE! : )

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