Never in a million years did we think we would be able to see a Bellsprout on a car dashboard…better yet an Eevee in a living room or a Tentacool at the beach. (If any of those words confused you, go download Pokémon Go and come back to this article later — you’re seriously missing out!) When mama said, “never say never” she was right! Not only can we now catch Pokémon in real life, we can do it on our phone, which makes it more convenient and more fun than ever.
On a quest to catch ‘em all, we explored the Orange Beach/Gulf Shores/Foley area to determine the best places to play Pokémon Go on the Alabama Gulf Coast.
On A Mission
On Monday afternoon, we were tasked to write an article about the Pokémon Go craze that is currently sweeping the nation. So of course, we had to do some research of our own.
The next day we set out on a quest to become Pokémon masters and to bring you the EXCLUSIVE scoop so that you can do the same.
Here are a few hot spots for Pokémon items on the coast:
Downtown Gulf Shores
This was the first area that we found an abundance of Pokéstops. From First Baptist Gulf Shores to the David L. Bodenhamer Recreation Center and everywhere in between, this area was chock full of pokégoodies in a very walkable setting – which is kinda important if you know the point of this game. If you’re in Gulf Shores, this is probably the best area for you to start.
Gulf State Pier
This area is unique in that it has 6 Pokéstops and a gym in a straight, traffic-free line. It includes a beautiful beach view, a place to snack when hunger strikes and Pokémon that are specific to water. While you’re waiting for your fish to bite (in real life) or just enjoying the view from above the water, replenish your pokégoods and snag a few of those pocket monsters (for you newbies, that’s what Pokémon stands for). If you’re willing to pay the $3 admission fee, this pier is well worth its weight in pokéballs (of course, you can always just visit the 2 Pokéstops that are accessible before reaching the admission gate – you’re welcome).
Downtown Foley is the Saffron City of the Orange Beach/Gulf Shores/Foley area when it comes to Pokéstops. Its rich history and historical landmarks have created the perfect landscape for aspiring Pokémasters. Be sure to visit this area if you want to stock up on pokéstuff of all sorts.
On our adventure, we took note of a few other areas not mentioned above. These places also have multiple Pokéstops (and some gyms) in the same area. Pelican Place, The Hangout, The Track, Waterville, The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo and Highway 59 in general are speckled with the occasional Pokéstop, but PLEASE DO NOT play this game while driving.
*Pokémon Go is a great way to get up, go outdoors and have wholesome family fun. However engulfed you become in tracking Pokémon, remain aware of your surroundings at all times. Don’t walk out into streets with traffic or play too late at night alone.
*Pokémon Go can quickly deplete your cell phone’s battery! We set our phones on low power mode to ensure longer gameplay. There is also a low power setting that you can use within the app itself.
*Playing with friends? Great! We found that we were able to catch the same Pokémon at the same time, although the CP level varied depending on what trainer level we were on.
*And another thing, now that you’re out and about, be sure to look up away from your phone from time to time and enjoy the beautiful scenery that this area has to offer.