'Pokémon Go' Tips: Top 5 Pokemon Gyms in Kingston, NY

Next to Poughkeepsie, Kingston is one of the best places in the Hudson Valley for Pokemon hunting, and home to a number of "gyms" where you can battle it out with fellow Pokemon trainers. Here are a few of the best gym locations in Kingston.

Ulster Performing Arts Center

Come to test the might of your Dragonite. Stay for a show! The Ulster Performing Arts Center (also known as UPAC) is one of only three unaltered pre-World War II theaters left in the Hudson Valley and is the place to go for comedy, children's performances, concerts, and classic movies. Check their calendar to see what they've got coming up!

Ice Cream Castle

If you need to refuel while you're out Pokemon hunting, the Ice Cream Castle is the gym for you. They have a great selection of flavors of ice cream (including wine ice cream,) as well as hamburgers and hotdogs. Ice Cream Castle is known by locals for being exceptionally clean and staffed by kind and helpful people. They are open 11:30am-9pm every day except Sunday, when they close at 8pm.

Forsyth Park Zoo

Fun fact: The Forsyth Park Zoo was founded in 1936 when a bear wandered into Forsyth Park and the WPA decided to build a house for it. The zoo expanded and changed over the years until it became the Forsyth Nature Center we know today, with 24 animal exhibits and a number of gardens of native plants. Most recently, it has become home to several Pokestops and a gym, making it an even greater place to visit! Summer hours are 7am-7pm, Monday through Friday, and 9am-5pm on weekends. Winter hours are 7am-5pm Monday through Friday, and 9am-1pm on weekends.

Hudson River Maritime Museum

If you're on the hunt for water Pokemon, the Rondout is a great place to visit. Trainers have caught Psyduck, Staryu, and Magikarp here, as well as Geodude and Jynx. While you're here, don't forget to check out the Hudson River Maritime Museum! This museum preserves the maritime history of the Hudson River and its tributaries, and is host to a number of events, lectures, and classes on wood working, boat building, and more.

Kingston Library

The Kingston Library, located in Midtown Kingston, is another great location that would be worth visiting even if it weren't a Pokemon Go gym. They run a plethora of great programs year-round for all ages, including their popular "Super Saturday" event, which brings performers of all sorts to the library each month for great family entertainment. Past Super Saturday events have included live animal shows, magicians, and musicians. The Kingston Library is part of the Mid-Hudson Library System, so if you're a Pokemon trainer from almost anywhere in Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Putnam, or Ulster County, your library card will work here! (Bonus! They have a pretty impressive collection of Pokemon books and DVDs!)

While these are some of my favorite gyms in Kingston, they aren't the only ones! Kingston Creative made a really cool infographic recently, showing all of the Pokestops and gyms in Uptown Kingston, Midtown Kingston, and the Rondout. Check it out, and happy hunting!

Veronica Stork has lived in the Hudson Valley her entire life and enjoys playing Pokemon Go whenever she's out and about. She is also the author of The Ultimate Hudson Valley Pokemon Go Roadtrip.