Nearly everyone we know is playing Pokemon GO.
Here are some of the top public places in Memphis to sightsee, catch your favorite Pokemon, and meet other players. These spots are generally high traffic areas and great for walking. Don’t forget to check out some of Memphis’ most unique art installations and buildings along the way.
Head out to Overton Park, and you are guaranteed to find other Pokemon Trainers. Visit spots within the park like Levitt Shell and the Greensward to find all kinds of Pokemon, gyms, and several lures. The word is that there are plenty of Charmanders.
Shelby Farms Park
Of course Memphis’ 4500 acre park would have a wide array of Pokemon waiting to be caught. Join their meetup on July 17 to meet other trainers and take advantage of the numerous pokestops and gyms. There have been several reports of Pikachu, Doduo, and Jigglypuff being spotted.
Memphis Botanic Garden
The Memphis Botanic Garden is open from 9am-6pm with regular admission costing $8 for adults and $5 for children. The MBG has welcomed Pokemon trainers to stop by and receive discounted admission on certain days. Keep up with their Facebook for more information on admission specials. Magicarp, Pinsir, and Slowpoke are commonly found here.
Mud Island, Beale Street Landing, and Tom Lee Park are just a few places along the Mississippi River where Pokemon are found and pokestops are frequent. Drowzee and Rhyhorn have been seen along with water type Pokemon like Squirtle and Psyduck.
Both University of Memphis and CBU have seen a ton of Pokemon action lately. Reportedly, all of the tiger statues on U of M’s campus are Pokestops, and CBU is filled with Horsea, Krabby, and Kakuna.
Not only does our top-ranked Memphis Zoo offer a wide variety of animals, but it’s proven to be a Pokemon hotspot too. Adult admission is $15, and child admission is $10, but Tennessee residents with a valid ID can enter for free after 2 p.m. on Tuesdays. For more information on admission and rules about Free Tuesdays, visit the Memphis Zoo website. Filled with pokestops, the zoo is the perfect place to catch a wide variety of Pokemon.
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
According to the Brooks Museum, recent Pokemon sightings include Charmanders, Spearows, Venonats, and Eevees. For information about museum pricing, go here. Each Wednesday is “pay what you can” for entrance, and donations of any size are welcomed.
After you eat lunch at one of Cooper-Young’s tasty restaurants, be sure and stick around for Pokemon hunting, as many different ones have been seen including Pidgey, Venasaur, Lickitung, and Mankey just to name a few.
The South Main District is home to countless restaurants, shops, arts, and homes, but did you know it’s also home to Clefairy and Eevee among others? Adventure up and down South Main, and you are guaranteed some exciting finds. Take a trolley ride and hatch those eggs!
Memphis malls, specifically Wolfchase Galleria and Carriage Crossing, have been buzzing with Pokemon activity. Wolfchase is home to pokestops galore and many Pokemon species, while Carriage Crossing is home to gyms and Pokestops near the fountains.
Broad Avenue Arts District
With a ton of pokestops and a few gyms, you’ll have plenty of time to catch new Pokemon. Stock up on potions, take over a gym, and enjoy a pint or meal before visiting shops, and public art. You might even be able to catch a happy hour or two.
With lures and pokestops galore you are bound to capture some new Pokemon. Enjoy the local restaurants and make new friends while adding to your Pokedex. Belly Acres is offering specials depending on your character’s level.
National Ornamental Metal Museum
The Metal Museum welcomes all Pokemon Trainers to come visit their gym in the Foundry and numerous Pokestops. Admission for adults is $6, and students and children under 18 can enter for $4.
Don’t see your favorite restaurant on the list? Not a problem. Use Yelp’s new Pokestop filter to find a restaurant nearby where you can also recharge your item inventory. Now that’s some great multitasking!
More ways to catch ’em all:
- Join the Pokemon GO: Memphis League or Pokemon GO: Mid-South Facebook groups
- Check out events hosted by Rec Room on August 4 or August 7 to meet more Pokemon trainers
- Volunteer while playing Pokemon GO and do some good in Memphis
- Check out Pokemon GO Local by FanBank and get some great discounts at local restaurants
- Use Yelp’s new Pokestop filter to locate a restaurant close to a pokestop where you can take a break and recharge. (Tip: Don’t just order water and take up a table. Try a new menu item, share appetizers and make sure to tip well!)
- Always be aware of your surroundings
- Take a friend or two if you’re going out past dark
- Support local businesses while you’re out
- Respect private property
- Turn on the Battery Saver option and turn phone upside down to activate saver mode
- Must have app open to count steps
- Press the camera icon to take screenshots when Pokemon appear
- Server Status Check
- Tips and Tricks/Guide
- Memphis Blue Players (Team Mystic)
- Memphis Yellow Players (Team Instinct)
- Memphis Red Players (Team Valor)
- Memphis Pokemon Map of Pokestops