Tourist Attractions Around America Any Fan Of "Friends" Has To Visit

By Catherine Morrison on June 17 2020 in Entertainment

Friends TV Show. Central Park Cafe set in Warner Bros Studio in Burbank. Image credit: Krzysztof Stefaniak/Shutterstock.com
Friends TV Show. Central Park Cafe set in Warner Bros Studio in Burbank. Image credit: Krzysztof Stefaniak/Shutterstock.com
  • There are 10 seasons and 236 episodes of
  • A majority of the series' scenes were filmed at the Warner Brothers Studios in California
  • Realistic rent estimates find that Monica’s apartment would cost between $4200 and $5500

From a wedding in London, to a planned honeymoon in Greece, to a paleontology convention in Barbados, to a pregnancy announcement in Bermuda, the cast of “Friends” visits a multitude of destinations throughout the show’s 10 seasons and 236 episodes. While many of these locations are international, there are hundreds of iconic “Friends” destinations that can be found across the United States as well. Here are the top tourist attractions that will allow any superfan of the series to feel like they are part of the “Friends” crew.

10. Leo Carrillo State Beach: 36000 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA

The boardwalk to Leo Carrillo State Beach, Malibu, California. Image credit: Haveseen/Shutterstock.com
The boardwalk to Leo Carrillo State Beach, Malibu, California. Image credit: Haveseen/Shutterstock.com

Remember when Joey got to put to use his Discovery Channel knowledge in “The One With The Jellyfish”? After Monica got stung by a Jellyfish in Season 4, Joey had to urinate on her to make the pain from the sting go away. You can swim in the very spot this unfortunate event occurred—just try to avoid getting stung, you know the consequences!

9. Chandler’s Office Building: Solow Building Corporation, 9 West 57th Street #45, New York, NY

Solow Building Corporation at 57th Street in Manhattan. Image credit: M. Vinuesa/Shutterstock.com
Solow Building Corporation at 57th Street in Manhattan. Image credit: M. Vinuesa/Shutterstock.com

Could Chandler’s job BE anymore confusing? While many are still lost about Chandler’s official title, superfans know that he is an IT Procurements Manager with a specialised knowledge of statistical analysis and data reconfiguration. Get your power suit on and head to the Solow Building to get your procurement on.

8. Monica, Rachel, Chandler and Joey’s Apartment Building: 90 Bedford Street, New York, NY

Image credit: Hookedonhouses.net
Image credit: Hookedonhouses.net

Though filming of most scenes from the show occurred at the Warner Brothers Studio, there are still a handful of real life locations that fans can visit, one of them being Monica, Rachel, Chandler and Joey’s Apartment Building. Located in the West Village at 90 Bedford Street on the southeast corner of Grove Street and Bedford Street, fans can visit the very building where many of the friends lived. Fun fact, while Monica stated in the show that she paid $200 a month for the apartment, it is estimated that it would cost between $4200 and $5500, with the most recent one-bedroom lease at 90 Bedford costing $3,395 per month. While you are visiting, try to find Ugly Naked Guy!

7. Warner Brothers Studios: 3400 West Warner Drive, Burbank, CA

Have you ever wanted to take a sip of coffee in Central Perk, just like the cast of “Friends”? Of course you have. As filming of a majority of the show's scenes took place in the studio in front of a live studio audience, much of the filming relied on sets. While normally film crews take down sets once a show has ended, Warner Brothers decided to keep one of the iconic sets, Central Perk. While the crew took down the friends’ apartment sets, fans can visit Central Perk during studio tours.

6. Vermont

Montpelier, Vermont, USA autumn town skyline. Image credit: Sean Pavone/Shutterstock.com
Montpelier, Vermont, USA autumn town skyline. Image credit: Sean Pavone/Shutterstock.com

In “The One With Rachel’s Dream,” Chandler tries to surprise Monica with a trip to Vermont but she is unable to take time off due to her job at Javu. As Chandler was not able to get a refund for the trip, he ended up bringing Ross. However, after the hotel loses their booking, they have to upgrade to a suite. In retaliation, Ross encourages Chandler to steal all of the hotel amenities and cosmetic products, which end up spilling out of their luggage as they are leaving. While the scene was not actually filmed in Vermont, fans should definitely make a trip to a local bed and breakfast to feel relaxed like Chandler and Ross. 

5. Bloomingdale’s: 1000 Third Avenue, New York, NY

Image credit: Ajay Suresh/Wikimedia.org
Image credit: Ajay Suresh/Wikimedia.org

If you are a fashionista like Rachel, a trip to Bloomingdale’s is a necessity. The chain of upscale department stores is where Rachel started her career in fashion after quitting her waitressing job at Central Perk in the third season. After working a not-so-desirable job at Fortunata Fashions, Rachel coincidentally meets Mark from Bloomingdale’s while she is visiting Monica at the Moondance Diner. Rachel then starts working as a personal shopper at Bloomingdale's and develops a friendly relationship with Mark, which makes Ross extremely jealous.

4. Madison Square Garden: 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY

Madison Square Garden in NYC. Image credit:  littlenySTOCK/Shutterstock.com
Madison Square Garden in NYC. Image credit: littlenySTOCK/Shutterstock.com

Over the course of the show, the subject of sports comes up quite a lot! As Joey is a superfan of the New York Knicks—so much so that he gets into an argument about the team with a single mother giving birth—there are multiple moments where the team is discussed. Also the home of the New York Rangers hockey team, Ross, Joey, and Chandler visit Madison Square Garden in “The One with George Stephanopoulos” when Ross gets hit in the face with a hockey puck. The cast makes reference to Madison Square Garden throughout the series as the friends mention their attendance to both hockey and basketball games—with one of the most memorable MSG moments being when Rachel asks her client Joshua out on a date to see a Knicks game but he misinterprets her proposal, takes both tickets, and attends the game with his nephew.

3. American Museum of Natural History: 200 Central Park West, New York, NY

American Museum of Natural History. Image credit: Ravenash/Shutterstock.com
American Museum of Natural History. Image credit: Ravenash/Shutterstock.com

In the series, Ross works at The New York Museum of Prehistoric History.  While this museum does not actually exist, the American Museum of Natural History sure does! The site of the sandwich theft and where Ross and Rachel woke up naked in a museum display, the museum is a must-see for all fans. Bonus—you will get to see some cool plants and fossils without having to listen to Ross’ boring explanations. 

2. Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel & Casino: 3570 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV

Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. Image credit: David Mark/Pixabay
Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. Image credit: David Mark/Pixabay

While Joey is shooting a movie, the friends decide to surprise him in Las Vegas only to find that he is not working on the film but is working at Caesar’s Palace as a costumed centurion. At the hotel and casino, fans can remember Joey’s “hand twin,” Phoebe’s fight with an elderly woman over slot machines, Ross and Rachel’s doodled-on moustache shenanigans and how their impromptu wedding replaced Monica and Chandler’s. Just try not to get too sucked into a craps game like Monica.

1. The Lucille Lortel Theatre: 121 Christopher St, New York, NY

The friends cast and viewers alike had to see a lot of horrible plays over the course of the series. Fans can visit the theatre where Joey features in numerous off-Broadway performances seen in “The One with the Dollhouse,” “The One with the Screamer” and “The One with the Tiny T-shirt.” Hopefully you will not have to witness any plays that are as bad as the ones in the show. 

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