Since its launch on July 6th, Pokémon GO has been taking over the internet and just about every mobile device in the nation. This app is getting people to move and explore like never before, with over 21 million users a day. Whether you’re on team Mystic, Valor, or Instinct, here are the best places ways to play Pokémon Go in St. Louis!
Ride Public Transportation
While apps like Uber and Lyft are becoming more popular, when it comes to Pokémon GO, public transportation is the way to GO. The MetroLink and the MetroBus are great for getting around and most of the stations are Pokéstops or gyms. The best part is, you don’t even have to leave your seat to access them! You will be surprised by all the diverse pokémon you stumble across when you ride one of the MetroBus’ 78 routes! If public transportation isn’t your thing, GO Best Express has Special Pokémon Tour Packages “that will transport you in style and comfort to all the best pokéstops in St. Louis.”
Explore The Parks
Laumeier Sculpture Park, Creve Coeur Park, Tower Grove Park, and Forest Park are all perfect for Pokémon hunting. The Bandstand in Tower Grove Park has four closely located pokéstops that always seem to have lures around. Sit back and relax while they attract a multitude of Pokémon right to you! If your battery gets too drained from “catch(ing) ’em all,” they even have charging outlets!
Forest Park is the place to be with over 150 different types of Pokémon just waiting to be found. The amount of Pokéstops and gyms that span this 1,200 acre park seems to be endless. The trolley is a great way to get around in such a huge park; the Forest Park-DeBaliviere station is even a gym!
There is a meet up every Wednesday at The Laumeier Sculpture Park for players who want to expand their Pokédex or battle. This park offers five different gyms and an abundance of Pokéstops.
Become A St. Louis Tourist
There is no better way to find rare Pokémon and cool Pokéstops then to become a St. Louis tourist! Whether you are a local or just visiting the area you will love seeing the sights and playing the game at the same time. Any St. Louis landmark or attraction is sure to have its own Pokéstop where you can claim Poké balls, incense, and other tools to help you advance further in the game. The Gateway Arch, Citygarden, Missouri History Museum, Saint Louis Science Center, and Contemporary Art Museum are all great Pokémon GO locations. Downtown St. Louis has an abundance of landmarks (museums, historical sites, and attractions) where you are sure to quickly expand your Pokédex.
Visit The Zoo
A trip to the St. Louis Zoo has always been the perfect way to spend a summer day but now it just got better because it’s a hub for Pokémon! You will enjoy seeing the adorable animal exhibits and catching new kinds of Pokémon. The zoo is full of Pokéstops and there are even rumors of a Dratini nest.
Support Local Businesses With Pokémon GO
Pokémon GO has quickly become about more than just Pokémon. It’s also about building community! Local businesses continue to have special deals and promotions for those who play, in order to boost business and bring people together. Nothing is better than a discounted meal after a long day searching for a Charizard. The Delmar Loop, Central West End, and Webster Groves are all neighborhoods popular for offering great Pokémon deals. The Delaware Loop hosts Pokémon crawls with lures placed at all 35 of their Pokéstops. With specials like a $10 Pokéball pizza at the Doughocracy, 50 cent Pokéball cookies at Piccione, and $1 Poké-shots at The Melting Pot, whats not to love?!
Happy hunting and good luck on your quest to “catch ‘em all!”