Over the past few days, the Orlando area has become infested! Not with mosquitoes or rodents, but with Pokémon! Pokémon Go, the new smartphone game from Niantic and the Pokémon Company, allows players to capture, battle, and train virtual Pokémon who appear throughout the real world. The game uses the player’s GPS location to generate a map filled with Pokestops (spots where players can grab pokeballs and eggs) and Pokémon Gyms (spots where players can battle Pokémon).
We scoured the Central Florida area to let you know where to find the best spots for Pokémon hunting. All of these locations have an ample amount of Pokestops, Gyms, and, of course, Pokémon to catch!
Lake Eola Park
As the center of Orlando, Lake Eola Park is a hot spot for not only catching Pokémon but catching friends as well. There are four gyms around the water and a ton of Pokémon sightings. The pokestops almost always have lures to summon more Pokémon (and players) to the area.
Cranes Roost Park
Cranes Roost Park in Altamonte Springs is perfect for a long day of Pokémon hunting. There are plenty of seats in the shade adjacent to pokestops and the park even has light posts with electric outlets if you need to charge your phone. There’s even a Gym at the World of Beer right next to the park for those who need to take a load off.
Wall Street Plaza/Downtown Bars
If you’re looking to hunt at night, the Downtown Orlando bar scene has a number of options. The entrance to Wall Street, Sideshow and the Beacham are all Pokestops. Also, although it is a little ways away, the Pugh Theater in the Dr. Phillips Center is a Pokémon Gym.
Winter Park Area and Rollins College
Park Ave in Winter Park is a treasure trove for Pokémon sightings. The Winter Park train station and the Paris Bistro are Gyms and there are a number of Pokestops nearby. The Rollins College seal is a Gym and there’s a pokestop at a gazebo on campus under some shade. Bring a picnic basket along with you and catch all of the ‘Earth-Type’ Pokémon hanging out in Central Park.
The UCF Campus is filled with pokestops and gyms. The Reflecting Pond near the front of campus is a Gym and the CFE Arena is a pokestop. There are also Gyms located at the Veterans Commemorative site at Memory Mall and Burger U near the stadium. Grab some food at the Habaneros across the street, there’s a pokestop inside.
The Waterford Lakes shopping center is great for people looking to get out of the heat. There are three pokestops inside Barnes ‘N Noble and one inside of PetSmart. The fountain at Waterford Lakes is a gym and once you battle over there, shoot across the street to Vespr – Craft Coffee & Allures, another Pokémon gym.
Loch Haven Park
Loch Haven Park and the Museums are filled to the brim with Pokestops. The Fire Museum is a gym and some Orlando Science Center staff members reported a few Bulbasar sightings at DinoDigs!
Old Town in Kissimmee
Old Town is awesome for anyone needing to gather some pokeballs. The pokestops line the entire walkway and Fun Spot. There’s even a Gym in the center of the area.
These are just a few of the hot Pokemon spots around Central Florida. Get out and go exploring to see what you can find!