One look at Galveston’s Seawall will confirm that the island is being taken over by gamers. Since last week’s launch of the popular mobile game, Pokémon Go, Galveston has become a hotspot for its coveted “Pokestops” – placed at historical sites and high-traffic areas for which the island has plenty.
In addition to Galveston’s high number of Pokestops, the ocean is home to many of the game’s rare virtual water characters, such as Magikarp, Horsea, Staryu, Squirtle, and Tentacools – which players try to catch.
Pokémon Go is a location-based augmented reality game that allows players to capture, battle and train virtual Pokemon who appear throughout the real world. Based on the 20-year-old Pokémon franchise, the game makes use of GPS and the camera of compatible devices. Players depend on refuel stations, known as Pokestops, to help them advance in the game.
Being a warm-climate, coastal destination, Galveston offers players many game advancement opportunities they can’t find in landlocked cities. In addition, the island is home to one of the country’s largest collections of historic sites and Victorian architecture. There are more than 20 Pokestops in Galveston’s historic downtown district alone.
Being a natural hotspot for the game, Galveston businesses are getting involved in the fun. See below for a list of Galveston Pokestops and upcoming Pokémon Go events being held on the island:
Pokémon Go Galveston Pub Crawl
Tonight, July 15, Yaga’s Entertainment will host a Pokémon Go Galveston Pub Crawl beginning at 8 p.m. at Tsunami Tequila Emporium, 2314 Strand Street. The event will feature six venues, including two Pokestops at Brews Brothers and Stuttgarden Tavern. For more information, visit Yaga’s Café’s Facebook page.
Pokestops are places players can collect resources to catch and fight other creatures. A few Pokestop locations include: Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, Galveston’s Historic Downtown District, Moody Gardens, Rainforest Café and Seawall Boulevard. In addition to these areas, the Galveston Island Visitor Information Center at Ashton Villa is home to a Pokestop as well as a gym where gamers can interact with other players on the app.
For more information on Galveston Island visit www.galveston.com or call 1-888-GAL-ISLE.