'Pokémon Go' Tips: Top 5 Pokemon Gyms in Richmond

So you've caught Pikachu, Charmander, Squirtle and a bunch of their mismatched friends, but now what do you do with them? You take them to a Gym and put them to work, that's what you do. Gyms are where these cute characters you've been collecting go to battle, defend and conquer. You have to be at level five before you can even enter a PokéGym, so get out there and "catch 'em all." Then go win one for Team Red, Blue or Yellow. Our best advice? Have fun and be safe.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Pokémon must love flowers, trees and shrubs because Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is one of the most popular Pokémon places in Richmond. PokéStops, Gyms and rare characters have all been reported here. The Garden even hosts special Pokémon events. There is an admission charge to get in, but you can purchase a yearly pass to appease Pokémon cravings any time you choose.

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Pokémon Go creatures like the arts just as much as nature. There are 15 Stops and several Gyms at the VMFA. General museum admission is free. Take a look around while you're there. The VMFA is a world class museum and holds more than 33,000 works of art from all over the world.

More nature awaits eager Pokémon hunters at Maymont. There are 35 Stops and three Gyms on this historic, expansive and quite beautiful property. You'll find all sorts of creatures hiding out among the animals, nature center, Japanese Garden and various other spots. Word is they like the raptor exhibit.

Kings Dominion
With nearly 55 Stops and four Gyms, Kings Dominion is a fun and safe place to do a little Pokémon hunting. After you've caught some creatures and won a few battles, check out the roller coasters, rides and shows.

Cary Street Gym (Virginia Commonwealth University Campus)
Real life gyms are popular fronts for Pokémon Go Gyms. VCU students can partake in lots of catching and battling (after classes, of course).

Buz and Ned's Real Barbecue
Yes, this is a list of five, but we decided to add a bonus. With all of that hunting, you'll want to stay nourished, and nothing can be better than some of Buz and Ned's "Bobby-Flay-slaying-BBQ." This Richmond favorite is a Pokémon Stop and a Gym.

Sandy has lived in Richmond for more than 25 years. She writes on lifestyle and travel topics for AFAR.com and Somewhereinthesand.com.

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