Stranger Things

The popular TV series “Stranger Things” is set in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana.  The real locations of Hawkins are actually a composite of a number of small towns scattered around the Greater Atlanta Area of Georgia.  Many of the locations are fairly distanced from one another, so it takes some dedication to see them all.  Here we’ll take a look at many of these locations.

The Hawkins National Laboratory, where all of the supernatural mysteries seem to originate, can be found in Atlanta.  The building is actually a former clinic, which is part of Emory University.

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LOCATION: 1256 Briarcliff Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

Mike’s house, which is seen frequently on the show, can be found in the town of East Point.  Most of the kids’ houses from the show are all not only in East Point, but all in the same neighborhood.

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LOCATION: 2530 Piney Wood Ln, East Point, GA 30344

Hawkins High School can be found in the town of Stockbridge.  The real school is Patrick Henry High School.

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LOCATION: 109 S Lee St, Stockbridge, GA 30281

Hawkins Middle School is actually the same location as the high school, just different buildings on the same property.  Quite a number of scenes take place around these school buildings.

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LOCATION: 109 S Lee St, Stockbridge, GA 30281

The kids can be seen parking their bikes here.  This and many scenes were filmed towards the back of the school property, away from the road.  So if you don’t immediately spot recognizable areas, look for the tall field lights and head toward the back of the school.

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This building can be seen pretty close to the road, in which the giant creature from the alternate universe known as the “Upside Down” can be seen towering over it.  The building is still painted with the fictitious school name from the show.

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This entrance is seen prominently is Season 2 of the show, with the kids dressed as Ghostbusters.  This same area of the school was also featured in Season 2 Episode 10 of the TV show “Atlanta.”

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Max, played by Sadie Sink, is seen walking up these stairs as the other kids spy on her.

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The kids look for Dart in another Season 2 episode at this spot.

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Another wide view of the school, as seen from the field at the back of the property.

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Most of the town square of Hawkins is comprised of buildings from the town of Jackson, Georgia.  Melvad’s General Store is one such example. The interior was dressed for filming when we visited, so here’s a couple glimpses inside.

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LOCATION: 4 2nd St, Jackson, GA 30233

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Eleven uses her mind control powers to kill a man inside of this restaurant in Litha Springs, known as Tiffany’s Kitchen.

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LOCATION: 7413 Lee Rd, Lithia Springs, GA 30122

The Hawkins Library is actually the Butts County Probate Court building (25 3rd St, Jackson, GA 30233).

Switching back to East Point, this house, where Lucas lives, is located right beside Mike’s house.

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LOCATION: 2550 Piney Wood Ln, East Point, GA 30344

Jonathan and Steve get into a fight in this alley as Nancy is caught in the middle.  It can also be found in Jackson, not far from Milvad’s General Store and the Hawkins Library. It is located at the alley between N Oak St / Pittman St, Jackson, GA 30233 (the building seen across the street is 124 W 2nd St, Jackson, GA 30233).

While the kids are being pursued, Eleven uses her powers to flip a van over in front of these houses, found in Tucker, Georgia.

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LOCATION: Between 3782 and 3788 Sarahs Ln, Tucker, GA 30084

The police station, where Sheriff Hopper works, can be found in the town Douglasville, not far from the arcade seen in Season 2.  Finding the building can be slightly confusing.  Many online resources state the address as “48 Pray Street” in Douglasville.  The number above the doorway of the building is indeed 48.  However, the street name is actually Courthouse Square West.  Google lists the address as 8485 Courthouse Square West.  If you find yourself confused, just locate the intersection of Church St and Courthouse Square West and you’ll have no trouble spotting the building.

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LOCATION: 8485 Courthouse Square West, Douglasville, GA 30134

Dustin’s house, nested in trees, can also be found near the houses of Mike and Lucas in East Point.

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LOCATION: 2886 Piney Wood Dr, East Point, GA 30344

Barb’s house is likewise located on the same road.

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LOCATION: 2980 Piney Wood Dr, East Point, GA 30344

Jonathan pays a visit to Lonnie’s house, which can be found in Atlanta.

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LOCATION: 930 Garibaldi St SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

Season 2 kicks off with police in pursuit of a van carrying another girl with supernatural powers, much like Eleven.  As they approach this overpass, the girl seizes control of the cop’s mind to make him envision the structure collapsing.

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LOCATION: Glenn St SW, Atlanta, GA 30312 (nearest address is 562 Glenn St SW, Atlanta, GA 30312)

The cop slams his breaks, with many cop cars crashing into him, only for his partner to inform him his vision wasn’t real.  The tunnel appears much longer and deeper on the show than it is in real life.  It’s actually just a short overpass.  The same overpass was seen in the 2018 film “Game Night,” when Kyle Chandler’s character throws himself from a moving car.

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It isn’t the safest or cleanest of areas, we wouldn’t recommend coming out here alone at night.

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The arcade, seen in Season 2, still has the paint job from the show, although the sign is no longer there.  The building currently sits vacant in Douglasville, the same town as the Hawkins Police Department.

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LOCATION: 6501 Church St, Douglasville, GA 30134

A couple glimpses inside the empty arcade building…

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Max lives at this small house, which can be found in Stone Mountain, Georgia.

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LOCATION: 5280 Moore St, Stone Mountain, GA 30083

While you’ll spend a lot of time driving across Georgia to see all of these places, one upside is that most of these locations still bear a strong resemblance to how they appeared on the show, with some still continuing to be used for production.

Good Will Hunting (1997)

Despite being famously set in Boston, Massachusetts, much of the 1997 film “Good Will Hunting” actually filmed in Toronto, Canada.  The film brought home Oscar gold for screenwriters Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, as well as Robin Williams.  Despite heavily filming in Toronto, some scenes were indeed filmed in Boston, including several of the film’s most well-known locations.

Will, played by Matt Damon, and Chuckie, played by Ben Affleck, hang out at the L Street Tavern in South Boston.

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LOCATION: 658 E 8th St, Boston, MA 02127

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They even keep a sign on the side of the building, calling it the “Home of Good Will Hunting.”

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Over at Harvard Square in Cambridge, north of Boston, you’ll find where a couple memorable locations from the film formerly stood, right across the street from Harvard University.  However, it gets confusing due to some remodeling that took place after filming. The Bow and Arrow Pub is where, after obtaining Skyler’s phone number and spotting a rival grad student, Will walks up to the window and delivers his famous “How do you like them apples?” line.

In the film, the scene was at the storefront of a Dunkin Donuts. After the remodel, the Dunkin Donuts relocated over to the left side, down Bow St, before eventually closing it’s doors for good. However, the location on the left, which is currently a ramen restaurant, was not the original filming location. You can see the actors standing next to Massachusetts Ave in the scene, confirming the geography of the original site. Thanks to reader “Little P” for helping clarify this.

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LOCATION: 1230 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

In the same general area is where the former Bow and Arrow Pub stood, which is where Will first meets Skylar. It’s also where he has the confrontation with an arrogant, pony-tailed grad student later seen at the Dunkin Donuts. It was formerly located a bit further down Bow St, prior to the property being remodeled. It was likewise taken over as the back portion of the Grafton Pub, while the front portion changed into a separate storefront.

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LOCATION: 1 Bow St, Cambridge, MA 02138

The famous bench where Will sits with Sean, played by Robin Williams, can be found at the Boston Public Garden.  Surprisingly, the bench is not marked in any way as being the spot from the film.  If you’re unfamiliar with the garden park, it may take you a bit to find it, but it’s a popular spot and sometimes you can spot it simply by watching for others taking photos there.  To get to the bench, follow the lakeside path north from the west end of the bridge.  If you’re at the bridge, you would go down the small set of stairs to reach it.  Behind the bench, you’ll see an intersection of paths and a tree with a branch forming a “v” shape.  In front of the bench, you’ll see the below view, with the curving edge along the water and the tree in the distance.  Referring to this map of the park, the bench is number 5.

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LOCATION: Boston Public Garden, Boston, MA 02116