Pokémon has again captured the imagination of kids and the young at heart in a very big way. The “pocket monster” phenomenon that began in the mid-90s as a Nintendo game has returned as a Pokémon Go app that has local businesses scurrying to become part of what seems like an overnight sensation.
In the latest iteration, “Go” seems to mean visit as everywhere there are reports of Pokémon Go helping drive players to some hidden – and some not so hidden – gems in the area. A sign hangs at Sugar Mill Botanical Gardens in Port Orange, for instance, that encourages players to leave a donation. The secluded Ormond Memorial Art Museum and Gardens was one of the first to play along and encouraged players to keep their eyes up to see the garden’s beauty while watching your step on the tricky walkways. At Congo River Golf, you can catch Pokémons and hold a live gator!
While driving across International Speedway Boulevard Bridge, you might see walkers paying particularly close attention to the tiled murals – each a Pokestop. It seems everyone is getting in on the fun and enjoying some unanticipated business from fans of the game. Rumor has it Sunrise Park in Holly Hill is a great stop with lots of "attractors." Plus you can get a work out while there, too.
Everyone's "going crazy for Pokémon" on the Daytona Beach Boardwalk & Pier, too! Watch Zack Hart suit up to become a Pokémon Master. But heed his warning: please do not step into the dunes which are protected.
And, now you can battle for more Pokémon combat power right outside the office of the Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau at 126 E. Orange Avenue. While here, please stop in for a free Visitor’s Guide!
Some of the Pokémon stops you’ll find along historic Beach Street:
Alexia M Wilder Sundial
Beach Street Arches
Davidson Memorial Park
Daytona Beach Fire Department
Indian Motorcycle Clock Tower
Jackie Robinson Ball Park
Josie Roger's House
Manatee Island Dog Park
Murals on ISB Bridge
News Journal Center
Princess Building Historic Plaque
Rhokkoh Frozen Yogurt
Riverfront Tour Map
S.H Kress and Company Building
Sculpted Concrete Wave Art at Riverside Viewing Docks
United States Post Office