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Need Vacation Inspiration? Let Pokémon Go Inspire Your Next Family Trip

Pokémon Go
Pikachu gets ready to bungee jump in New Zealand. (Photo Courtesy of Tourism New Zealand

Ever since the launch of Pokémon Go in early July, your kids have most likely been wandering around the local park with their eyes on their mobile device, trying to catch “rare” Pokémon, all the while trying to convince you of the wonderful benefits (We’re outside! We’re getting exercise!) of the digital phenomenon. We feel you. But instead of fighting the viral location-based game, we’re trying to embrace it, by adding on some Poké-fun to our next vacation.

From Arizona to New Zealand, it turns out, Pikachu and friends are showing up in family-friendly hotels and resorts all around the world (not to mention the parks and shops near them). While we’re not saying to plan a family vacation based solely on capturing an elusive Magnemite, you might just become the coolest parent ever if you just happen to mention there’s a Meowth hanging in the lobby of your Orlando hotel.

Here a few spots around the country who have mapped out their Poké guests. Happy hunting!

Pokémon GoArizona

Travelers visiting the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa in Tucson, Arizona, can find Parasects nestled amongst the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains at this resort. Try your luck catching them while taking the in the views the city of Tucson below.



Pokémon GoFlorida

Kids and adults alike traveling to Orlando for some Disney and Universal fun can continue the games at Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa by chasing the Pokémon that are scattered around the property. You can catch a Magikarp at Letterpress, the hotel’s unique alphabet-themed restaurant.

Orlando World Center Marriott which boasts 10 “PokéStops” (keep an eye out for Eevee, Paras, Pidgey, Meowth—this one is rare—Pikachu, Rattata, Spearow, Zubat, Magikarp, Venonat) is offering a special “Catch ‘Em All Escape” package.  Starting at $214/night, for stays now through Dec. 25, 2016, you get accommodations with oversized outdoor balconies and spectacular views, two Pikachu-inspired Pineapple cocktails at the Falls Pool Bar & Grill, complimentary parking, and a $25 daily resort credit (use promo code: HO9).

While dining at Manor, the poolside restaurant at the new Hilton West Palm Beachkeep an eye out for Eevee on the Palm Deck, where your kids can also participate in onsite lawn games or float along the water on a larger-than-life unicorn float. 


Pokémon GoNew York 

New York City has one of the highest density of Pokéstops in the world and catchers at New York Hilton Midtown can spot Bulbasaurs and rare Magnemites right in the iconic hotel’s lobby. With close proximity to the city’s biggest sites, including Radio City, Rockefeller Center, Central Park, and Times Square, the hotel provides the perfect rest stop to a New York City Pokémon adventure.


Pokémon GoSouth Carolina

Guests at Charleston’s historical Andrew Pinckney Inn can catch Krabbys on the property’s outdoor rooftop terrace and throughout the bustling City Market. Players can replenish their energy with complimentary, locally-sourced continental breakfast .



Pokémon Go

Multiple Locations: Great Wolf Lodge 

At Great Wolf Lodge, North America’s largest family of indoor water park resorts (and a Playground favorite for family getaways), aspiring trainers can find a variety of water type Pokemon at any one of the brand’s 13 locations across the U.S. and Canada. Each property comes with its own personal collection of Pokestops and gyms, perfect for strengthening a Paras, Squirtle, or Poliwag found while taking a break from the giant, 84-degree water parks. 


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