There’s no denying Pokemon Go has taken the world by storm. Everywhere you go from City Hall Plaza to Harvard Square you see people with their faces in their phones swiping furiously at their screens. If you’re like me, and you’re a little too shy to play in front of everyone on a jammed Green Line train during your daily commute, consider taking a couple day trips to the following locations for some serious Pokémon catching. We’re all on the quest to be the very best here, might as well help our fellow Pokémon trainers find the city’s rarest Pokémon.
1. Boston Common and Public Gardens
Sightings Include: Jigglypuff, Scyther, Gloom, Nidoking, Lapras, Lickitung, Haunter, Poliwhirl
Not only is the Boston Common and Public Garden full of Pokéstops and frequently placed lures, but it is home to a bunch of rare Pokemon you probably need to fill your Pokédex. While you’re at it, might as well get your kilometers in by taking a few laps around the parks. You won’t regret this trip.
2. New England Aquarium and Seaport
Sightings Include: Blastoise, Grimer, Vaporeon, Kabuto, Squirtle, Horsea
Naturally, the Seaport area around the New England Aquarium is rampant with water-type Pokemon. It’s also nice to hatch your eggs while walking along the waterfront, but if you aren’t in dire need of more water-types, then you can probably skip this route.
3. Fenway Neighborhood Near the Christian Science Plaza
Sightings Include: Cubone, Hitmonchan, Tentacruel, Slowbro, Golduck, Dratini, Jynx, Tauros
In between the Christian Science Plaza and Belvidere Street is a whole plethora of rare Pokemon that are pretty difficult to find in other places, which makes this area a must-do. Make sure your phone is fully charged and your bag is fully stocked with Pokéballs and hit this destination ASAP.
4. Allston Neighborhood Near Ringer Playground and Ringer Park
Sightings Include: Arbok, Clefairy, Growlithe, Dragonite, Mankey, Vulpix, Charizard
Right in Ringer Park you’ll find the first three Pokemon listed above then you’ll have to take a walk down Commonwealth Ave to catch the coveted Dagonite and uncommon Mankey. If you have time and eggs to hatch, walk up past the park towards the corner of Gordon Street and Cambridge Street to wrangle your very own Charizard.
5. Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University and The Franklin Park Zoo
Sightings Include: Ponyta, Nidoking, Blastoise, Lickitung, Scyther
The Arnold Arboretum is mostly just a great park to kill some kilometers in, but there are a few elusive Pokemon in the area to check off your list. Right next door is the Franklin Park Zoo, where users have confirmed catching Lickitung and Scyther.
* All sightings reported through Thrillist’s “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” Map