Gotta Catch Them All: 11 Best Places to Play Pokemon Go

With multiple Pokéstops and Pokégyms, 1. Columbia’s four lakes in Howard County, MD, offer Pokémon Go players great game play in a pleasant, shaded setting that belies its urban location. Proximity to water also ensures you’ll catch plenty of magikarp as you collect what you need to evolve a gyarados.

2. Downtown Pittsburgh has hundreds of Pokéstops to check out, as well as its fair share of Pokégyms, and quite a few near enough to one of the rivers to catch the desired magikarp. With very walkable streets, often leading down to the Three Rivers Historic Trail that line both sides of all three rivers, Pittsburgh offers a great location to play Pokémon Go. On the opposite side of the state, 3. Philadelphia likewise offers hundreds of Pokéstops and Pokégyms!

4. Historic Ellicott City, MD offers 30 plus Pokéstops and several Pokégyms along its very walkable mile-long main street. With the Patapsco River running through it, you’ll find quite a few of the coveted magikarps along the way! Because there are antiques and boutique stores, family members who aren’t into the game will find lots to interest them, making it fun for everyone. While you’re there, be sure to check out one of the fine restaurants that line main street!

Almost every monument is a Pokéstop or Pokégym, making 5. Gettysburg National Battlefield one of the best places to go if you need to farm for Pokéballs or other game items. Throw up a lure, settle yourself down in this pleasant historic setting, activate an incense, and farm for Pokémon! Whether you bike, hike, or drive the Battlefield, please maintain awareness of other visitors, as this is one of the more crowded locations, and most of the other visitors there WON’T be farming Pokémon. Be considerate of others visiting the Battlefield, and remember, this is Hallowed Ground.

Ingress players have long acknowledged cemeteries as fine places to go play the game, and there’s no reason you can’t do so respectfully! 6. Richmond’s Hollywood Cemetery, 7. Baltimore’s Loudon Park Cemetery and 8. Green Mount Cemetery, 9. Philadelphia’s Laurel Hill Cemetery, and Sleepy Hollow, NY’s famous 10. Sleepy Hollow Cemetery all offer many Pokéstops and Pokégyms for the adventurous Pokémon Go player. All these cemeteries were created in the Victorian tradition of park-like cemeteries, where families could go spend the afternoon or picnic in a picturesque and natural setting, contemplating nature’s beauty amidst reminders of life’s certain ending.

These places were meant to be visited and enjoyed by the living, regardless of whether you had a loved one interred there. So go, enjoy, and play — respectfully, of course. If there are funerals or folks visiting their loved ones, head in the opposite direction, and keep your voices low. Keep in mind, many cemeteries’ gates lock in the evenings — so around 4 p.m., be mindful of the time so you don’t get locked in. Based on my experience so far, collecting pokémon in a cemetery is no assurance you’ll collect “ghastly” pokémon!

11. Baltimore’s Waterfront Promenade is one of the best places to go catch them all — with a variety of Pokémon appearing, including the much desired magikarps! The five-mile walk will give you and your pooch some excellent exercise. Great views of the harbor plus numerous restaurants and other sightseeing possibilities make this one of the best destinations to play and enjoy.

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