The real Colby Beach town: Where was Along for the Ride filmed?

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Based on the 2009 book by Sarah Dessen, this Netflix movie revolves around a young girl who decides to spend her summer before college with her divorced father in a lovely town on the coast.

Along for the Ride was entirely filmed in North Carolina. Carolina Beach served as the main location for the fictional town of Colby Beach, which is where the movie is set.

Where was Along for the Ride filmed

Starring Emma Pasarow, Belmont Cameli, and Andie MacDowell, this movie was shot on location in the same area where the hit series Outer Banks was planned to be filmed before the company decided to move the production to South Carolina.

Welcome to Colby Beach and our spoiler-free guide to -almost- all the filming locations of Along for the Ride.

We’ve broken the movie down into the key sites, ordered by first appearance.


Kiffney-Brown School
The movie opens with a scene where the senior students of Kiffney-Brown Prep break into the school's bell tower.

The TP'ed tower (toilet papered) is the New Hanover County Courthouse, a historic building dating from 1892 located in Wilmington.
(You can open all the locations on Google Maps by clicking on the links below in the captions ↴)
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Colby Beach, North Carolina

Colby Beach
The opening credits feature some gorgeous establishing shots of Carolina Beach, doubling as Colby Beach.

The viaduct, pictured, is the Sea Breeze Bridge over the man-made Intracoastal Waterway Snow's Cut, on North Lake Park Boulevard.
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Along for the Ride Colby
The aerial views of the beach with the pier in the background are from Kure Beach, a small town that lies at the southern end of Pleasure Island, next to Carolina Beach.

The village is home to the oldest fishing pier on the Atlantic Coast and boasts beautiful seaside surroundings and natural parks.
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Colby Beach town
The scene with Auden walking alone on a pedestrian street in Colby was filmed on Carolina Beach Avenue North.
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Along for the Ride house
Auden's father, Robert (played by Dermot Mulroney), and Heidi (Kate Bosworth) live in a splendid seaside house at 1108 Carolina Beach Avenue N in Carolina Beach.

This cozy three-bedroom home, built in 1950, has an estimated market value of about one million dollars.

This is a private residence - if you are visiting, please be considerate of the owners’ property.
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Along for the Ride beach
The Tip Beach party where Auden meets the town youngsters was filmed at the north top of the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area in Kure Beach.

The 2013 romantic movie Safe Haven also filmed several scenes here at Pleasure Island and in the Wilmington area.
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Clementine's at the beach
Heidi's boutique, Clementine's at the beach, was filmed in a store located at 112 Cape Fear Boulevard in Carolina Beach.

The female trio is played by Laura Kariuki as Maggie, Genevieve Hannelius as Leah, and Samia Finnerty as Esther.
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Kure Beach Pier
Auden can't sleep at night and goes to the pier to read Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette, a 1999 biography by Judith Thurman about the Belle Epoque French writer.

These scenes, where the mysterious night biker appears, were recorded at the beautiful Kure Beach Pier.
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Russell's Gas and Groceries
The Russell's Gas and Groceries (or Gas Gro) gas station, where the "Welcome to Colby" vintage sign is located, is Russell's Quick Stop at 2101 Wrightsville Avenue in Wilmington.
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Colby Cold Laundry
The Colby Cold Laundry is actually called Melissa's Coin Laundry at 702 Lake Park Boulevard S in Carolina Beach.

However, we are not sure that if you visit this laundromat you'll find a hidden door to Clyde's secret pie shop.
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Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park
The local press reported that the mini-golf scene was filmed at the Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park in Wilmington.
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Along for the Ride location
The place on the Boardwalk with good onion rings, where Auden and her mom have lunch, is Havana’s Restaurant at 1 N Lake Park Boulevard in Carolina Beach.

Actress Emma Pasarow looks a lot like Andie MacDowell, although they are not relatives. MacDowell is the real-life mom of actress Margaret Qualley, who both starred as mother and daughter in the Maid series.
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Carolina Beach State Park
The scene with Maggie showing off her BMX skills was probably filmed at Carolina Beach State Park.

The next scene with the girls singing in the car, on their way to the Conch House party, was filmed at Fort Fisher Boulevard S in Kure Beach between J and K Avenues.
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Carolina Smokehouse
According to Port City Daily, the restaurant by the beach where Auden has lunch with his father was filmed at the Carolina Smokehouse restaurant at 9 Pavilion Avenue S in Carolina Beach.
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Pleasure Island Rentals
Eli's bike shop was filmed at Pleasure Island Rentals, a canoe and kayak rental service at 2 N Lake Park Boulevard in Carolina Beach.
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Along for the Ride lighthouse
The lighthouse quest ordeal scene was recorded at the Oak Island Light in Caswell Beach in Southeastern North Carolina.

Completed in 1958, this 153 feet tall cylinder sits on the east end of Oak Island, near the mouth of the Cape Fear River.
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Tomlinson Sales
Tomlinson Sales is a real department store located at 922 College Road in Wilmington.
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Beach Beans coffee shop
The North End Cafe To-Go at 901 Carolina Beach Avenue N in Carolina Beach served as the Beach Beans coffee shop.
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Because of you drehorte
The final BMX scene was filmed at the new Ogden Skatepark in Wilmington.

NOTE from the author: the streets of Barcelona are generally not perfect for cycling, and apart from migdiada or siesta time, they do not sleep during the day. Many streets are busy, narrow, and full of cars and tourists. For a better BMX experience, please choose Berlin :)
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2 comments:

1- Carolina Beach Local - May 8, 2022, 6:37 AM
Here- the Beach Beans Coffee shop was filmed at North End Java Stop at 901 Carolina Beach Avenue N, CB. Greatly detailed article!

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   2- Ra Moon - May 8, 2022, 15:07 PM
   Thank you, updated!


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