Pokémon Go: Where to Catch 'Em All in Minnesota
With the "Pokémon Go" craze in full swing, “trainers” can be seen exploring attractions, parks and landmarks around Minnesota. Next time you’re out searching for Pikachu, Pidgey or Jigglypuff, take some time to explore what else these fantastic Minnesota destinations have to offer.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Area
Minneapolis Institute of Art
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
A beautiful public garden in Chanhassen, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum 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.
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. While you're there, check out the Soak City waterpark and grab a gourmet meal at the Depot, which features a rotating menu of exclusive creations by some of Minnesota's biggest chefs.
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
See Pokémon among real animals at this Como Park Zoo in St. Paul, which is free to the public and perfect for an outdoor search. Popular in the summer months is the Music in the Park series, new baby animals and special exhibits like summer's "Pollinators: All the Buzz."
Mall of America
Mall of America is embracing Pokémon Go players, who can encounter a massive amount of Pokéstops, Gyms and Pokémon, along with hundreds of stores, free events and great dining options. While you're there, hit the rides at Nickelodeon Universe, experience FlyOver America, or go underwater at Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium.
The state's biggest zoo, Apple Valley's Minnesota Zoo invites trainers to have fun on their quests, where visitors will find five gyms and more than 40 Pokéstops. Worn out after a few intense battles? Slip the phone into your pocket and marvel at the zoo's real animals.
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.
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.
Take a tour of Glensheen Mansion, 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 are a Pokéstop.
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.
This charming lakeside town on the North Shore is teeming with Pokéstops, Pokémon and Gyms. Gather Pokéballs and stroll through the picturesque Artists' Point, or watch artisans create various wares at the North House Folk School.
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.
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.
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.
Munsinger Clemens 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 flowerbeds to stop and smell during your Pokémon search.
Quarry Park & 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
Enjoy a classic Minnesota resort getaway at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa and try to find Pokémon and two Pokéstops on the shores of Gull Lake. Satisfy your sweet tooth at The Chocolate Ox ice cream shop while you battle at the Gym.
Squirtle fans 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 Nisswa's charming main street, stopping for souvenirs at the many gift shops and boutiques.
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.
Walk down the streets of charming downtown Park Rapids to find multiple Pokéstops and Pokémon. Get on your bike and explore the Heartland State Trail, which spans 49 miles and connects Park Rapids to Cass Lake. Take a few breaks to search for more Pokémon. Fuel up with a pizza or macho nachos and battle a friend at the Gym at Zhateau Zorbaz.
Buffalo River State Park
Explore one of Minnesota's largest remnant prairies at Buffalo River 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 and private property, and stay aware of your surroundings.