Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Friday Night Lights Tour

For those of you who know me, I am a big Friday Night Lights Fan. Billy's sister Heather turned me on to the show years ago, and while it is long over now, I still love to watch it. For Christmas this year we went to visit Heather in Texas and got to do something fun while we were there. A Friday Night Lights tour!! All 5 seasons were filmed in the Austin area, so we tried to hit as many locations as we could in a day. Heather and Brian were extras for a couple of the filming seasons, so they had been to most of the locations already. Here we go!!
Dillon High School - obviously not called Dillon since the town doesn't actually exist, but all the high school scenes were actually filmed at the school. I asked Heather, how did they do it? Weekends, holidays and summer break!
Frans - a burger place frequented in the show.
Highlight #1: Coach Taylor's House. It looks exactly the same!! There were no sets - everything was filmed right inside there. I wished Tammy lived there still so we could sit and have coffee :)
The Alamo Freeze - really a Dairy Queen that got a light makeover every time they filmed there. You may recall both Smash and Matt worked here.
A little momento left inside the Dairy Queen :)
The public pool - remember Julie and the Sweed?? Remember when Tammy's water broke? It all happened here!
Smash's House - definitely in a rougher area, we felt a little awkward getting out and taking pictures here. But hey, it was all for our cause, right?
The mega church where Lyla attends for a while...
Highlight #2: TIM RIGGINS' HOUSE. Hoohaa, yeah! Too bad he wasn't home! The only differences here were that in the show the front door was blue, and obviously, the trash cans are a distraction.
And last but not least, Highlight #3: Matt Saracen's House. It looked IDENTICAL, minus the ADT security sign, and the tire where he practices throwing was gone.

We also passed by the bridge where Landry and Tyra dumped a dead body, the infamous Landing Strip, and the car dealership that housed Buddy Garrity Motors in the show. I wish we could have gone to see Lyla's house, and the stadium (if it's even still there), but there is always next time!

I hope you liked my little tour through north Austin to some of the Friday Night Lights filming spots. If you've never seen the show, it is so worth the time!


Hey Lady! said...

Yay! That was such a fun day! I'm so happy you all got to come out and experience it with us!

Oh, and I look terrible in that Fran's picture, just saying.

C Johns said...

Thanks for posting the great photos of the FNL locations! I live in Australia so visiting these locations in person is a bit tricky, although I did get one day in Austin last year as part of a massive road trip across the states (and i'm KICKING myself for not checking some of these places out!) FNL was amazing television - we saw the final episode of series 5 last night, hence my searching for pics today! Thanks again, Claire

Anonymous said...

This is great. I just want to go to Austin for FNL! Question, where there people living inside the houses (Saracens etc) Would have been weird but I bet they get it all the time. :)

Bedazzler said...

Thanks - This is cool. I have a friend in town and we are going to drive around to some of these. BTW - Fran's has a bunch of locations...That's not the one that was used.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the pics. Wish you would post addresses or locations though. And by the way, that's not Riggins' house.