Pokemon Go may have come out in 2016, but it's still going strong as a great way to get outside, walk around, and have a great time with your friends! There are Pokemon almost everywhere and Pokestops scattered around many locations throughout Stevens Point marking interesting landmarks, but there are some central places for non-stop fun. Grab your phone, gather your friends and family, and read this list for some inspiration to go out and catch 'em all!
Downtown Stevens Point
Lined with Pokestops, Pokegyms and of course, many eclectic shops and restaurants, the downtown area is a great place to wander around and play Pokemon Go. Park at the old Shopko and walk west down Main Street, around the square, and then back for an ample amount of Pokemon play time. If you need an energizing coffee, stop at The Coffee Studio, Tech Lounge, or Ruby Coffee. Or if you're hungry, grab a bite to eat at Wicked Willow, The Wooden Chair, or Guu's On Main. If you want to lengthen your "Pokejourney," cross Water Street after the square and head to Pfiffner Pioneer Park.
Pfiffner Pioneer Park
The duck pond outside the Riverfront Arts Center, near the Cultural Commons site under construction, is home to a handful of Pokespots and a Gym. You can hang around the pond and keep spinning the Pokestops there, while watching the ducks. Otherwise, you can start walking the Riverfront Trail portion of the Green Circle Trail in either direction for great views and two other great "Pokespots!" Either cross the bridge over to Mead Park or stay on this bank of the river and go north towards Bukolt Park. Be sure to grab a bite to eat at Emy J's for a sweet treat or yummy sandwich!
Enjoy another section of the Green Circle Trail, the Brickyard Trail, as it goes to the Stevens Point Sculpture Park. Most of the sculptures within the Sculpture Park are Pokestops or Gyms, so this is a great place when you need to stock up on Pokeballs, potions, or coins while you enjoy the walk and the sculptures! Continue on the Green Circle Trail in either direction for more exercise, and more Pokemon to collect.
UW- Stevens Point
The University of Wisconsin Stevens Point campus is a great place to play Pokemon. Everything is located in a fairly central location, but you still have to walk around enough to get steps to hatch those eggs! There are numerous Pokestops and several Gyms, so you could spend hours playing on campus! If you're hungry, swing by CPS Cafe, open during the academic school year, or Zest for a delicious and nutritious treat.
More adventures can be found at Schmeeckle Reserve, the 280-acre nature reserve that also serves as the trailhead for the Green Circle Trail. Schmeeckle Reserve doesn't boast a ton of Pokestops, but there are a few throughout the reserve, as well as a few Gyms. It's a great way to get some steps in to hatch some eggs and enjoy the beautiful natural habitat at the same time.
For more adventure ideas, including family fun, outdoor activities, and getaway ideas, check out these itineraries! Or, check out Sculpture Quest or Paddlequest, which are two more quest-based activities that the whole family can enjoy. Be sure to tag your Instagram photos using #StevensPointArea or tagging @StevensPointArea!