Where was Along for the Ride filmed?

ALONG FOR THE RIDE (2022) Dermot Mulroney as Robert and Emma Pasarow as Auden. Cr: Emily V. Aragones/NETFLIX
ALONG FOR THE RIDE (2022) Dermot Mulroney as Robert and Emma Pasarow as Auden. Cr: Emily V. Aragones/NETFLIX /

A new romantic movie based on Sarah Dessen’s novel Along for the Ride is coming to Netflix on May 6, and if you’ve watched the official trailer, you’ll probably concur that the movie’s dreamy, beachside landscape is gorgeous to look at and perfect for the late spring season. Those eager to watch the movie might be curious about where it was filmed and if it’s a place you can go visit!

Along for the Ride follows Auden (Emma Pasarow), a studious young woman who has just graduated high school and is preparing for her freshman year of college. But Auden realizes that due to her mom’s strict values and her introverted nature, she’s missed out on a lot of the carefree experiences of being a teen.

That all changes when she meets the charming Eli (Belmont Cameli), a resident of the quiet town where she spends her summer months and he helps Auden form a list of things to try before she goes to college.

Along for the Ride filming locations

Considering the film is set in a seaside town and author Sarah Dessen is from North Carolina (NC), it’s not too surprising that the production took place in NC, specifically in Carolina Beach, Wilmington, Kure Beach and Oak Island.

Filming took place from April to June 2021 and started in Carolina Beach, a beautiful beach town in New Hanover County, NC. According to a local news outlet at the time, they filmed on the boardwalk there.

Port City Daily reports that specific locations used in the film include Nauti Dog Restaurant, Pleasure Island Rentals, Nest Realty, Carolina Smokehouse, Carolina Beach Scuba, Melissa’s Coin Laundry, Havana’s Restaurant, North End Java Stop and two residences on Carolina Beach Road and Carolina Beach Avenue. Some of these places were used for specific places in the movie, like the local laundromat/pie shop and the popular in-universe diner The Last Chance.

Netflix Life spoke with one of the film’s stars, Kate Bosworth, about her experience in Wilmington and she even gave a shoutout to Sophia Bush, who spent many years in the area filming her hit teen drama One Tree Hill.

Watch the clip below:

Is Defriese University real?

You’ll hear the name Defriese University mentioned several times throughout Along for the Ride because it is Auden’s dream college. Fans of Sarah Dessen’s novels know the university is a fictional creation featured in several of her novels, including Along for the Ride and What Happened to Goodbye. Readers believe it is meant to be inspired by the prestigious private NC college, Duke University.

Stream Along for the Ride tomorrow, Friday, May 6, only on Netflix.

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