10 Film Locations from Outer Banks You Need to Visit

 
Fans of the hit Netflix series Outer Banks have probably been wondering where some of those dreamy scenes between lead characters John B (played by Chase Stokes) and Sarah Cameron (played by Madelyn Cline) were filmed. Although the show is set in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, it was actually filmed in and around Charleston, South Carolina. 

As the owner and licensed tour guide of Eclectic Tours of Charleston, I offer five different walking tours that highlight the incomparable beauty of Historic Downtown Charleston and one exclusive tour by private car that features the Outer Banks Film Locations in Charleston and Mount Pleasant. Having been a background actor on several TV shows and feature films over the past few years, (including three scenes on Outer Banks), I can not only tell you where to go, but also share some behind the scenes stories nobody else knows.
 
Here are 10 of just some of the film locations you need to visit:
 
 

1. Kildare County Sheriff’s Station

 This is really a condominium building located at 218 Venning Street in the Old Village of Mount Pleasant. A quick visit to this utterly charming neighborhood is a must. And, don’t forget to pop in the Pitt Street Pharmacy Soda Fountain just across the street for a milkshake and grilled cheese sandwich.

2. The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island

 
Various scenes were shot here at The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island. Located at 1000 Ocean Course Drive in Kiawah Island, it’s quite the ritzy neighborhood – perfect for the Kooks. In one of the scenes, the Pogues crew ventures inside the Kooks’ Island Country Club. (These photos below were taken from set. I played a Kook in the Dining Room, but am blocked in the final cut. Oh, well. Sadly, that was not real wine.)
 
*This location not included on my tour

3. Dunes West Golf & River Club

 

Talk about the inside scoop. I actually LIVE here. The club’s main address is 3535 Wando Plantation Way, Mount Pleasant. Who can forget that cute outdoor theater set up for OBX Summer Movie Series? Although this is a private, gated community, if you really want to see this gorgeous location next to the main club house, why not visit The Grille Room for lunch? The food is crazy-good, y’all. And, the public is welcome. (A neighbor of mine recently saw Austen from Southern Charm golfing here.) 

*This location not included on my tour

4. Washington Square Park

 

When John B and Sarah get off the ferry and head to a fancy store to get cleaned up, they pass through this historic area called Washington Square Park. You can, too. One of the entrances they enter is located at 80 Broad Street in Downtown Charleston. Not long ago, I was sitting on a bench inside this park in between tours and captured this darling little girl and her mother.

5. Ben Silver/Exterior

 

Yep. There is a Ben Silver. That’s the real name of this high-end shop in Downtown Charleston located at 149 King Street. Do visit the inside of this beautiful retail establishment. It’s a wonderful store both inside and out.

6. Ben Silver/Interior

 
This is such a cute scene. I mean, seriously, how many dudes can rock a seersucker suit?
 

7. Gaillard Center

 
Posing as the UNC-Chapel Hill Law Library, where John B and Sarah get gussied up and continue their search, the Gaillard Center located at 95 Calhoun Street in Downtown Charleston is actually a multi-purpose building. (I purchased my business license on the ground floor of this building.) You can climb the stairs and see the foyer that was used as a study area on the series.
 

8. The Wreck

 Kiara’s parents’ restaurant called The Wreck looks like this in the series. One of the few locations that is the same in real life as what it’s portrayed as on the series. The Wreck of the Richard & Charlene is a quaint seafood restaurant located at 106 Haddrell Street on Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant. You have to eat here at least once during your visit to Charleston. But, visit their website for hours of operation. I think they’re closed on Mondays. Just sayin’.
 

9. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church

 Right before Sheriff Peterkin gets killed, she meets with Lana, Scooter’s widow, at this little church called St. Paul’s Lutheran in Mount Pleasant. It’s located at 604 Pitt Street in the Old Village. Maybe you can burn off that milk shake and grilled cheese with a short walk to it.

10. Old Bethel AME Church

 
One of the swoon-worthy scenes fans love is when John B takes Sarah to his “secret place.” Old Bethel AME Church is located in McClellanville (approximately 45 minutes by car from Charleston, so you’ll have to trek out to this location on your own) and no longer has a physical address. This abandoned Civil War-era church is a must-see for the avid fans of Outer Banks. 

Note: To find the Old Bethel AME Church, take Highway 17 north from Charleston. As you come to the town of McClellanville, turn right on N. Pinckney Street. Then turn left on Dupre Road. The church will be up about 3/4 of a mile on the left set back behind the trees. (If you type in the search “Old Bethel AME Church in McClellanville” on your GPS, you will wind up in front of the red brick church on Society Road that is the NEW Bethel AME Church. And, P.S. Bring bug spray.)  

PLEASE BE RESPECTFUL WHEN VISITING THIS HISTORIC AND SACRED PLACE. PLEASE DO NOT VISIT AFTER DARK. AND, PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE BUILDING AT ANY TIME. THANK YOU.
 
*This location not included on my tour
 

 

True fans of the series can book my Love Stories of Charleston walking tour to see some of these locations on foot, or for a more comprehensive experience, book my Outer Banks Film Locations Tour by private car and we’ll cover a lot of hidden locations not listed here as well. 

So, what are you waiting for? Now there’s an even cooler reason to visit Charleston. Come see these stunning film locations to recreate some of the iconic scenes yourself. 

Please visit my Tours page to book a tour online, or call me directly at 843.806.9915. I look forward to showing you around Charleston.

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Jill Paris

 

This Post Has 20 Comments

  1. Lisa Bessolo

    I can’t wait to take the TV and movie location tour next time I’m in Charleston. The Old Bethel civil war-era church looks so intriguing. Would love to take photos there. And I’d definitely visit the Pitt Street Pharmacy Soda Fountain for a vanilla milkshake & grilled cheese. Thank you Jill for the lovely tour description & great still photos from Outer Banks.

    1. Jill Paris

      Thanks so much! I hope you can visit us soon. You will really enjoy photographing Charleston. It’s got so much beauty! Feel free to contact me anytime with questions.

  2. Dawn

    Do we have to sign up for this “Outer Banks” tour or can we do it on our own? If we have to sign up for a tour, how much per person and are you doing those tours now with the whole Coronavirus stuff?

    1. Jill Paris

      Hi, Dawn. You are certainly welcome to visit a few of these on your own. At the moment, Charleston has still banned tours in the City, but I’m hoping things will be lifted very soon. My Love Stories of Charleston walking tour visits a few of these locations and is a 2-hour experience through the prettiest district in the city. It’s $28 per person. My TV & Movie Tour by private car is 2.5-3 hours long and covers a lot of the peninsula and if you’re an Outer Banks fan, I’ll tailor the tour for your needs. This is a private tour for 2-3 people and is $48 per person which includes a complimentary beverage at either a celebrity-owned restaurant or we could visit The Wreck if it’s open. Looking forward to welcoming you to Charleston. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask me!

  3. Eda

    We are definitely signing up for your tour !
    Would you be our guide ?
    Your prices are excellent and not to mention it appears that you know a lot of the inside (that’s so cool).
    What great photography , so inviting.
    Do you allow dogs?
    Our Labradoodle travels with us and is very well mannered. She’ll actually sit outside while we go in and have a liquid snack.
    We will see you soon!
    Eda E. Español

    1. Jill Paris

      Thank you! Yes, dogs are very welcome on my tours. And, yes, I would be your guide! Thanks so much for the kind compliments. If you have any other questions regarding hotels, restaurants, etc., please do not hesitate to ask. I look forward to seeing you someday in Charleston!

  4. Shellie Douglas

    It looked like his shack was the gift store at the Angel Oak and the motel where they got the gun was Creekside Lands Inn.

    1. Jill Paris

      John B’s “chateau” is filmed on a private lot in James Island. The massive oak tree is not Angel Oak in Johns Island, though it looks quite similar! Fellow background actors tell me the motel scene was filmed at the Creekside Lands Inn! Great eye!!!!

  5. Trish

    Your article is wonderfully written! I have watched the entire season of Outer Banks and loved it. I also live in the Charleston area and plan to use your article to visit the locations. Thanks for writing and posting this! Nice job!

    1. Jill Paris

      Thank you so much! I’m so glad you enjoyed it and will use it for your own tour. Have fun!

  6. Tammy

    Hi Jill,
    This is a great article with a lot of fun places to visit. As a lifelong resident of McClellanville, we were thrilled to have many scenes filmed here. Old Bethel AME is a quiet gem. Listed on the US National Registry of Historic Places, we value its history and respect the contributions its congregation, both past and present, have made to our community. On behalf of our community, we ask that your visitors be respectful of this sacred place. Many have not and that’s quite disappointing.

    1. Jill Paris

      Thank you so much. You will be relieved to know that my tours are conducted in downtown Charleston. I will, however, be offering private tours of no more than 4 people of Outer Banks Film Locations mainly set in Charleston and Mount Pleasant by car. It would be much too far to drive visitors from Charleston all the way to McClellanville and back, including the other locations from the series, such as Kiawah Island and Dunes West! Should people pay a visit to Old Bethel AME Church on their own, I pray they will be respectful, as well. It’s a wonderful place. I completely agree with your kind concern.

  7. Kristi Linne

    I loved the movie and spend a lot of time on Kiawah Island, which I also love. I recognized The Ocean Course immediately as well as locations on King Street in Charleston. Your tour sounds amazing and would love to book a tour for the love and knowledge that we share of Charleston.

    1. Jill Paris

      Thanks, Kristi. As soon as the City of Charleston gives the go-ahead for tours to be given, I’ll be up and running. I’ll be adding the information to my Outer Banks tour on my website very soon. It will be offered as a private tour for 3-4 people by car and will cover West Ashley, Charleston, and Mount Pleasant film locations. I’m still working out the details. So check out my website in a few weeks to learn more! Hope to welcome you in the near future.

  8. Leanne Shelley

    Hello, I was just curious if you knew where the light house was located in the show. The one that Jb and Sarah went in, and to talk with the man about his compass.

    1. Jill Paris

      Hi! Yes, the lighthouse is located on Hunting Island, a 5,000-acre secluded semitropical barrier island located 15 miles east of Beaufort, South Carolina. As of 1935, it has been classified as a state park.

  9. Eva Parker

    Where is John B’s house?

    1. Jill Paris

      Hi Eva, I’m sworn to secrecy. It’s a private undisclosed residence. We have to protect the privacy of the series. It sure is pretty though!

  10. Eva

    Thank you for your replay. Do you know the location of the old house they found the gold. I saw it somewhere but can’t remember what article?

    1. Jill Paris

      Also private. You have to respect that people live there. I can’t reveal that information. Best to visit the Charleston and Mount Plesasant locations.

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