Locations Manager(s): Sam TedescoOn Location
The 1st house used in the movie in the beginning is 637 Idlewyld Drive on the Idlewyld Estate in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, right on the intercoastal. In 2005, it was still there but now in 2009 its gone! [Thanks to Brad Davis & Robert] But Shawn Leightcap wrote in to say that the first house in the movie still exist. The address is 615 Idlewyld Dr Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 not 637. If you Google Earth it you can see the house. Its been remodeled some but still recognizable. Also, thanks to Scott for confirming that it definitely is still there.
And the house in SW 30th Terrace, the pyramid-shaped house, which appeared just for a few seconds in the movie is still there. It appeared in the scene where Jeff, the young one, David brother went to join his playmates. And where he sprayed David with a waterpistol and shows his butt. [Thanks to Robert]
The old railroad drawbridge, in the scene with Max-the spaceship, is right in downtown Fort Lauderdale. [Thanks to Robert]
A house at 2515 Arbor Drive (or Southwest 30th Terrace) in Fort Lauderdale in the Riverland area was also used. [Thanks to Kathy Freeman & Scott]
Misteralien adds: It's possible in the movie for the second house that they say the street name. The street name is 7th street and there is a draw bridge on sw 4th ave. Its sw 7th ave. They might have changed the streets. [Thanks to misteralien]
Sherry Thorup, Location Manager for Flight of the Navigator wrote in herself to add: Going North on SW 4th Avenue, you will cross the river and it becomes SW 7th Avenue. It makes a big curve between the two points. [Thanks Sherry!]
UPDATE: iGav wrote in to say: The family's second house (the 1980's one) is not actually in Fort Lauderdale at all, but Hollywood (Broward County, Florida), hence perhaps the reason for peoples confusion in attempting to find it. And it is indeed on a 7th Avenue, N 7th Avenue (presumably number 701 as can be seen in the film). In the scene where David returns to his 1980's family, during some of these shots (particularly those showing Max with his hatch open) a building can be seen in the background, on this building the words 'Hollywood Beach Hotel…' can just about be discerned. A quick search suggests It has since been taken over by Ramada, and renamed the 'Hollywood Beach Resort'. According to both Google Earth & Bing Maps, the house is still there, and looks not at all dissimilar to the way it did in the film. Unfortunately Google Earth doesn't have Street View photo's of this particular road, but the stairs at the back of the house that Jeff climbs to launch the fireworks can clearly be seen when viewing the back of the house in Bing Map's aerial view.
Scott kindly wrote in to confirm that the "years later" house is at 701 S. 7th Ave, not N. 7th Ave. And that it looks pretty much the same.
Now: does anyone know where the NASA Research Center was located? [Thanks to iGav]
FPL's Port Everglades Powerplant in Ft. Lauderdale, early in the movie scene, was in the plant's switchyard. [Thanks to Michael Dart]Can you help? Do you know any of the Fort Lauderdale, Florida filming locations used for Flight Of The Navigator? [Please send them in]Locations LinksIf you know of a good link for Flight Of The Navigator locations, please let us know.