Pokemon Go: Where to Catch Them All in Minnesota

By Matt Henry

With the "Pokémon Go" craze in full swing, “trainers” can be seen exploring attractions, parks and landmarks around the state. Next time you’re out searching for Pokémon, take some time to see what else these fantastic Minnesota destinations have to offer.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Area

Minneapolis Institute of Art

Pokemon Minneapolis Institute of Arts Examine world-class art at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, but be sure to check for Pokémon, too. They can be found outside the building and even in the galleries, being considerate of the art of course.

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

This public garden in Chanhassen is a fantastic place to search for Pokémon. With more than 1,100 acres of natural beauty, players can expect to find numerous Pokémon, ample trails to walk and explore, and the sights and smells of summer flowers.

Valleyfair

Thrill-seekers and Pokémon trainers alike will find much to love at Valleyfair in Shakopee, where roller coasters, rides, food and Pokémon are all available. Celebrate Valleyfair's 40th anniversary by taking a ride on the park's newest attraction, the Flying Eagles.

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory

See Pokémon among real animals at this St. Paul zoo, which is free to the public and perfect for an outdoor search. Popular this summer is the Music in the Park series that features live performances until late August, new baby zebra Minnie, and the Enchanted Garden butterfly exhibit.

Mall of America

nickelodeon universe.jpgMall of America is embracing Pokémon Go players, who can encounter a massive amount of Pokéstops, Gyms and Pokémon, along with hundreds of stores, Nickelodeon Universe and great dining options. Popular at Nickelodeon Universe is its newest attraction, FlyOver America, a flight simulator that lets riders virtually tour the best sights in America.

Water Park of America

Enjoy a great day at Water Park of America  in Bloomington, which is offering discounts to those who compete at their Pokémon Go Gym. The park recently added a new indoor Dairy Queen, and will be opening a 4-D theater soon.

Other popular spots in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area include Rice Park in downtown St. Paul, where rare Pokémon have been known to spawn, and along Saint Anthony Main in Minneapolis. And if you're headed to the State Fair, there's a Pokémap for that.

Northeast

Canal Park, Duluth

Canal Park is a fantastic location to catch Pokémon. While exploring the area, be sure to stop at the various shops and boutiques, Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center, Northern Waters Smokehouse and Canal Park Brewing. There's also a Pokéstop next to the popular PortLand Malt Shoppe off the Lakewalk.

Glensheen Estate

Glensheen Mansion Take a our of one of Minnesota's historic estates in Duluth and keep an eye out for a variety of characters. A Gym can be found at The Boathouse on the shore of Lake Superior, and the formal gardens is a Pokéstop.

Tofte

Located on the North Shore Scenic Drive, this lakeside town is a haven for Pokémon and Pokéstops in Tofte Town Park. While there, learn the history of maritime fishing on Lake Superior at the North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum.

Grand Marais

Grand MaraisVoted "America's Coolest Small Town" in 2015, this lakeside town is teeming with Pokéstops, Pokémon and Gyms. Gather Pokéballs and stroll through the picturesque Artists' Point area on the shore of Lake Superior, or watch artisans create various wares at the North House Folk School.

Southern

Northfield 

The Northfield Historical Society, along with many other attractions in Northfield, are prime locations to look for Pokémon. Make sure to visit in September for the Defeat of Jesse James Days, which features historical reenactments, food, music and more.

Mankato

The New Bohemia restaurant is offering Pokémon Go players drink specials specific to their Pokémon team, and has a Pokéstop. While you're there, make sure to enjoy one of their delicious bratwursts, and don't forget the giant pretzel.

New Ulm

Hermann Heights Monument Pick up some supplies at the Glockenspiel at noon, 3 or 5 p.m. to catch the chiming of the 45-foot bell tower and watch the characters tell the story of New Ulm. Challenge another player at the Gym at the Hermann the German Monument. Be sure to climb the 99 steps to the top to take in scenic views from 102 feet up.

Central

Munsinger Gardens

The Munsinger Gardens in St. Cloud feature gorgeous nature, paths to explore, and Pokémon to catch. At 14 acres, the gardens feature a lily pond, a fountain and numerous flower beds to view during your Pokémon search.

Quarry Park and Nature Preserve

Located in St. Cloud's Waite Park, this area was recently named a top swimming hole in the United States by Travel Channel. Hunt for Pokémon and jump into the cool waters of the swimming quarries inside the park.

Grand View Lodge

The Chocolate Ox at Grand View LodgeEnjoy a classic Minnesota resort getaway at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa and try to find a Pokémon or two Pokéstops on the shores of Gull Lake. Satisfy your sweet tooth at the Chocolate Ox while you battle at the Gym.

Downtown Nisswa

Fans of the Squirtle character will want to join the weekly turtle races in downtown Nisswa. Be sure to keep your phone out to find other Pokémon as you stroll the streets.

Northwest

Bemidji

Paul Bunyan and Babe Bemidji Downtown Bemidji has all the restaurants, shops and plenty of Pokémon to make it a perfect place to spend an afternoon. Make sure to get a selfie (and catch a Pokémon) near the Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox statue.

Park Rapids

Walk down the streets of charming downtown Park Rapids to find multiple Pokéstops and characters. Grab your bike and explore the Heartland State Trail, which spans 49 miles and connects Park Rapids to Cass Lake. Take a few breaks and search for various characters. Fuel up with a pizza or macho nachos and battle a friend at the Gym at Zhateau Zorbaz.

Buffalo State Park

Explore one of Minnesota's largest remnant prairies at Buffalo State Park in Glyndon, just 14 miles from the Moorhead area. Cool off by taking a dip at the man-made swimming area lined with soft sand and filtered river water, which doubles as a Pokéstop.

When searching for Pokémon, always be respectful of businesses, private property and stay aware of your surroundings.