Unless you’ve been completely disconnected over the last few weeks then you’re undoubtedly familiar with the worldwide phenomenon known as Pokemon Go. This mobile game has had people all over the world using their smartphones to scour cities, towns, parks, and rural areas to find elusive Pokemon characters and rack up points.
The Niagara area has not been spared the activity related to this game and visitors and locals alike are hitting the streets and parks in the area to find Pokemon. While some have criticized the game as just another reason to be glued to one’s phone, it’s actually a great way to get outside, get some exercise, and explore the area around you, which is what you’d do on vacation in Niagara Falls anyway.
Whether it’s your kids or a family affair, here are some Pokemon Go tips for the Niagara area so get out there and see what you can find!
Within the game itself are specific locales that tend to host more Pokemon characters than others. One of these game locations is a gym and Prospect Park falls into this category. Known for its stunning views of the falls Prospect Parks also offers hiking trails that meander along the river and several Pokemon characters are hanging out on these paths.
As with any hiking trail, heed posted signs and be aware of your surroundings. Not only will this keep you safe but you don’t want to miss the gorgeous scenery offered in this park and on the trails.
Niagara Falls State Park
A popular destination for visitors long before the Pokemon Go craze, Niagara Falls State Park and its visitor’s center is the perfect Niagara spot to play, and one of those reasons is that the park offers free Wi-Fi! Once you’re connected and start your hunt, be sure to explore the beautiful flower gardens that have made this one of the area’s most popular and beautiful places to explore.
Niagara Falls History Museum
Another designated gym spot in the game is the Niagara Falls History Museum. If you’re traveling with tweens or teens who are obsessed with the game this is a great way to entice them into a museum visit when they might not otherwise be too interested.
The museum offers a comprehensive geographical and cultural history of the region as well as rotating special exhibits. So while you’re hunting for monsters you can also get a great overview of the Niagara area and its uniqueness in the process.
On Sunday August 7 there will be a local Pokemon event held at the Secret Garden near Clifton Hill. While this is an unofficial event it’s a great opportunity to meet other visitors and locals and tackle the Pokemon challenge together. Visit this website for more information and special instructions.
Whether you’ve been playing Pokemon Go since its inception or you’re just starting out, combining this game with your vacation to Niagara Falls is a great way to get out and explore. Just be sure that you respect private property and be aware of your surroundings at all times. Other than that, enjoy!
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