Best Ways to Search for 'Pokémon' in Austin


Whether you're in town for the weekend and want to do some Pokemon sightseeing or a long-time resident trying to fill out your Pokemon dance card, Austin, Texas is a virtual playground for Poke-hunters. Getting around this sprawling city on your search is another thing altogether. Fortunately, there are many ways to canvas the ATX for those elusive critters.

When the Poke-Bus is a Rockin'...
Local tourism company owner Philip Loyd turned his passion for pocket monsters into a business. His company, Pokemon GO City Tours, runs several daily bus tours which wing folks around the city in search of elusive favorites like Charizard or Blastoise at local hotspots Vic Mathias Shores, Burnet Road, and the State Capitol. For a chance to catch them all, head to their website to book a tour. Tour guide Loyd even gives you a rough estimate of how long it will take to nab the pesky Pokes once you find them.

Keep on Walking, Pokefan
While the outermost points of the city will require a bus pass or car to reach, many of the best places to collect your little electronic friends, such as Lakeline Mall or Randall's on Ben White, are pleasant walk or shopping trip away. Follow the Hike and Bike trail around the lake, run around downtown, or traipse through Austin Community College's Rio Grande campus and enjoy fresh air as you hunt. Plus, whenever you start to wear out that shoe leather, you can sit a spell and set up some lures.

Suds and Charamander
Downtown seems to have a surplus of quality hunting grounds for Pokemon Go. As a result, many urban bars have set up Poke-crawls and offer Poke-specials which will get you Poke-lit. Watering holes like the Moontower Saloon, the Alamo Drafthouse on Slaughter, Barfly's and a few others let you lure or gather to your hearts content, and then let you drown your sorrows if you missed the ones you wanted. If you drove, make sure you catch a Poke-cab home, just to be safe.

Pedicab It Around
Some of the hardest working cabbies in the ATX are the calve-strong pedi-cabbers. Most of these bike fiends generally stick within a mile or two radius of Sixth Street (it's where the fares are, after all). But for the right tip, you might be able to get some of them to help you hunt down a Niantic or Vaporeon – especially if they're looking to fill out their Pokedex too.

The Only Way to Pokemon Go is Via Segway
Several Austin companies offer extensive, citywide tours of the city on a gyroscopically balanced Segway, including National Tours and Seg City. It's only a matter of time before they put together a Pokemon-tracking tour. In the meanwhile, as long as you keep your eyes on the road, I'm sure they wouldn't mind if you grab a couple of monsters while you're rolling around the Red River District.

Get Your Poke-Trot On
Austin, Texas might be a cosmopolitan city overstuffed with startups and tech companies, but it also retains a subtle, hickory hint from its Wild West days. Can you smell it on the wind? Plus, this city is renowned for being a little off-kilter. So if you feel like hunting down a Pidgeot, why not take a trot through Pease Park on horseback on your search? Sadly, with few exceptions, horses are a no-no around town. Your best bet is to catch a carriage around The Driskill and hook in a few pocket monsters as you ride through downtown in style.

Andy L. Kubai is a freelance writer and transplanted Austinite who's been exploring the internal and external wonders of his new home for the last 5 years. Find out more about Andy on his website.

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