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A Whimsical Road Trip To Moonrise Kingdom

Adventure. Innocence. Dysfunction. Passion. Maps. Books. Art. Music. Love. Sex. Actually, the word “whimsical” doesn’t even begin to describe the romantic summer adventures of our protagonists, Suzy and Sam. Maybe it’s because I grew up in a similar bucolic East Coast town (Ipswich, MA), but there’s something iconic and magical about summers in New England. So, I felt compelled to hunt down the filming locations of Moonrise Kingdom.

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Lovelorn & fancy-free.


Moonrise Kingdom is a love-letter to Rhode Island and an impassioned tribute to childhood crushes, camp adventures, star-crossed lovers, and the sense of fulfillment that comes with following your heart.

Ten Chimney's Cottage


Some exterior shots were also filmed at the historic Ten Chimney’s cottage in Wisconsin. This was the romantic summer retreat of actors Lynn Fontanne and Alfred Lunt (and was host to such esteemed guests as Helen Hayes, Laurence Olivier, and Vivien Leigh).

But, alas, the iconic lighthouse that Suzy stands on was built in Jamestown specifically for the film.


Ballard Park in Newport, Prudence Island and other spots off Narragansett Bay also served as filming locations. St. Jack’s Church is actually the historic Trinity Church in Newport (on Spring Street).

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