San Diego Guide to Pokemon Go – Catch Them All

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Pokémon Go stops and gyms are all over San Diego!

There’s never been a better time to catch them all in San Diego. Long days and warm weather invite champions to hunt for the rare Articuno, Zapdos or Moltres in Pokémon Go!


Hand’s down one of the best places play Pokémon Go! Almost every corner is a Pokestop or Gym. Be on the look out for lures at local restaurant and breweries like Mission Brewery that will offer discounts when you catch one inside.

Downtown Gym Highlights

  • Home Plate at Petco Park
  • Horton Plaza Obelisk
  • San Diego City College Trolley Station
  • San Diego Central Library
  • Tweet Street Fire Hydrants
  • Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery (Can you catch them all after a pint or two?😀)

> Explore San Diego’s Vibrant Downtown

Balboa Park

With 17 museums, several performing arts venues, more than 15 gardens and numerous recreational attractions including the San Diego Zoo, it is no surprise that Balboa Park is swarming with Pokestops and gyms.

Regular Lure Party

A lure party is regularly held at the Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden on the east side of Park Blvd. Just cross over the bridge past the Bea Evenson Fountain and start throwing Pokéballs.

Balboa Park Gym Highlights

  • San Diego Museum of Man / Old Globe Theatre
  • Lily Pond / Botanical Building
  • San Diego Model Railroad Museum
  • El Cid Campeador Statue
  • Marston Point

> Spend a Day at the cultural core of San Diego, Balboa Park


Hatch a few eggs as you journey along San Diego’s downtown Embarcadero to the San Diego cruise terminal, the Navy Pier, Seaport Village and the Headquarters. Unique Pokestops can be found aboard the ships at the USS Midway Museum and the Maritime Museum of San Diego, where sought-after creatures have been spotted.

Embarcadero Gym Highlights

  • San Diego Convention Center
  • Embarcadero Marina Park South Gazzebo
  • Unconditional Surrender Statue
  • Maritime Museum of San Diego

> Take a Walk along San Diego’s Waterfront Embarcadero

Point Loma Peninsula

The optimum training location can be found at a former Naval Training Center now known as Liberty Station. The likes of Aerodactyl and Rhyhorn have been seen all around this hub for arts, shopping and dining. Pokestops and gyms are also located on Shelter Island and Cabrillo National Monument

Point Loma Gym Highlights

  • NTC Park
  • Shelter Island Pier
  • Friendship Bell (Shelter Island)
  • Cabrillo Statue

> Discover the Point Loma Peninsula

Old Town San Diego

Egg hatching can be achieved with ease while walking among the 17 museums and historical sites, quaint shops, and colorful art galleries that populate Old Town San Diego, the birthplace of California. The aroma of freshly made tortillas and the sounds of mariachi are the perfect lure for gamers eager to try San Diego’s authentic Mexican fare.

Old Town Gym Highlights

  • Washington Square
  • Miner’s Gems
  • Mormom Battalion Historic Site

> Step Back in Time at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

LEGOLAND California

Pokémon masters can earn ninja status at LEGOLAND® California. While tracking more than 40 Pokestops, guests can learn to control fireballs, lightning, shockwaves and ice at the new LEGO® Ninjago® World featuring a Ninjago interactive ride, the first in the world to utilize cutting-edge Maestro™ technology that enables effects such as heat, smoke and wind incorporated throughout the adventure.

> Learn More about LEGOLAND California

Uptown and Mid-City

The eclectic neighborhoods that make up Uptown and Mid-City are a hot-spot for Pokestops. Hunters will want to travel along 30th Street, University Avenue, El Cajon Boulevard and Adams Avenue. Trainers can recharge while sipping on craft beer or relax with a pour-over coffee at the numerous breweries and coffee shops in the area. Many shops and restaurants are continually dropping Lure Models while offering Happy Hour and specials for Pokémon Go players.

Uptown and Mid-City Gym Highlights

  • Ward Canyon Park
  • Fire Exit Street Art
  • Live Wire Bar
  • Hillcrest Pride Flag
  • Pioneer Park

> Explore San Diego’s Uptown and Mid-City Neighborhoods

This post just scratches the surface of Pokémon Go stops and gyms throughout San Diego County. Check out the map below for the most up-to-date sightings.

San Diego Pokémon Go Map

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Brent Bernasconi

About Brent Bernasconi

I am a local San Diegan (though surprisingly, I do not know how to surf). While not at work, I enjoy biking, running, soccer, bocce ball, craft brew (I hope to make a batch of home brew one day), reading, movies, and a video game here and there. My goal is to set foot in as many states, countries and continents as I possibly can (I have hit 14 states, 9 countries, and 3 continents), though I will always call San Diego home. How would you describe your ideal San Diego day?So after a good night's sleep, first I would take the puppy for a nice long walk. Then I would pack the bicycle panniers with a picnic lunch for the wife and I and we would ride over to Mission Trails for some trail riding and then a lovely lunch under the shade by the river. After the ride home, a shower and a nap would follow. Once rested, we would head out to the Blind Lady and enjoy a local brew and some organic pizza.If you were invisible, where would you go?Area 51! I would love to know what they are doing that is so top secret.What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?So many choices, but if I have to pick one I would choose bikingrunningsoccerbocceball. Though sitting outside with a good book on a sunny day would come in close second.Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?Nothing could be better than a San Diego Craft Beer (Hess, Stone, Ballast Point, Automatic, and many many more) and a burger with onion rings and BBQ-sauce. Though you will often find me boiling some pasta with a glass of wine in my hand and Ratatouille on in the background.Latest music purchases for my iPod/MP3 player are…A few albums by Jonathan Coulton, the ultimate geek musician. If you get a chance, listen to Code Monkey.If you like, you can follow me on Twitter @bernasconi.

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