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Want to go to Hawkins? Then you'd better head to Atlanta - the heart of the Stranger Things universe. Here are three key locations you can find in Georgia's capital.

1. Hawkins National Laboratory

The secretive Hawkins National Laboratory is in fact the shuttered Georgia Mental Health Institute which is part of Emory University, a private university based in Atlanta.

The exterior appears in the first shots in Season 1 where the building is established as belonging to the Ministry of Energy. The entrance to the building also features in Season 1, Episode 5: The Flea and the Acrobat when Hopper breaks into the laboratory to find out what's going on behind those walls.

Hopper sneaks into the main lab building.

Hopper sneaks into the main lab building.

In Season 1, Episode 7: The Bathtub, Hopper tries to break in again, this time with Joyce in tow.

Hopper and Joyce are caught in front of the main entrance.

Hopper and Joyce are caught in front of the main entrance.

We get to see the exterior again in Season 2, Episode 4: Will the Wise, when Nancy and Jonathan are detained on the streets by lab security and taken in to be questioned by Dr. Owens. He shows them the gate to the Upside Down and tells them that it's his job to do whatever is necessary to ensure the secrecy of what happened in the lab, then lets them go.

Nancy and Jonathan leave the lab...

Nancy and Jonathan leave the lab...

..and drive off.

..and drive off.

2. Hawkins Community Pool

Billy's stomping ground in Season 3, the Hawkins Community Pool was filmed at Atlanta's communal South Bend Pool, located at 2000 Lakewood Avenue Southeast, Atlanta, 30315.

We're introduced to Billy's new role as lifeguard in Episode 1, when a group of women - including Mike's mother, Mrs Wheeler - prepare for him to take his post and begin shift, eager to check him out as he confidently struts to his vantage point: "Showtime!"

You might not fancy a dip yourself but the location is very memorable - if only from the other side of the fence.

3. Bellwood Quarry

The quarry where the fake body of Will was recovered in Season 1 can be found at Bellwood Quarry, Atlanta, 30318. The location has starred in a number of other movies and TV shows, including The Walking Dead, The Vampire Diaries, and The Hunger Games. While access to the quarry was prohibited in the past, the area is currently undergoing a massive transformation into a public park which will open in Spring 2020.

Chief Jim Hopper and Officer Callahan are looking for Will at the quarry.

Chief Jim Hopper and Officer Callahan are looking for Will at the quarry.

In Season 1, Episode 6: The Monster, a confrontation between Mike Wheeler, Dustin Henderson, Troy, and James takes place at the quarry.

Troy threatens to cut out Dustin's teeth with a switchblade unless Mike jumps into the water.

Troy threatens to cut out Dustin's teeth with a switchblade unless Mike jumps into the water.

Mike makes the jump...

Mike makes the jump...

...but is levitated back to safety by Eleven using her powers, and braking Troy's arm in her wake.

...but is levitated back to safety by Eleven using her powers, and braking Troy's arm in her wake.

Mike, Eleven and Dustin reconciled together after Troy and James have fled the scene.

Mike, Eleven and Dustin reconciled together after Troy and James have fled the scene.

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About the Story - Season 1:

'Stranger Things' is set in 1983 Indiana, where a young boy vanishes into thin air. As friends, family and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl.

About the Story - Season 2:

It's 1984 and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana are still reeling from the horrors of the Demogorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.

Map

The Hawkins National Laboratory is located at 1256 Briarcliff Road Northeast, Atlanta, 30306.

The South Bend Pool can be found at 2000 Lakewood Avenue Southeast, Atlanta, 30315.

The address for the Bellwood Quarry is Atlanta, 30318.

 

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