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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.
In Season 1, Episode 7: The Bathtub, Hopper tries to break in again, this time with Joyce in tow.
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.
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.
In Season 1, Episode 6: The Monster, a confrontation between Mike Wheeler, Dustin Henderson, Troy, and James takes place at the quarry.
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.
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.