5 great places to hunt Pokémon near Milford, Harrington

Shhh, I’m hunting Pokémon!

It’s been two weeks since Pokémon Go found its way to the United States and locals have taken it to the streets, literally. Here are five great places to hit in the local area while Pokémon hunting!

A view from downtown Harrington looking towards the gym at Freedom Park.

A view from downtown Harrington looking towards the gym at Freedom Park.

Downtown Harrington

Although there aren’t as many Pokéstops as other hotspot areas (Pokéstops are in-app places found using GPS technology at which players can earn free items for the game), at least seven stops can be found in a short walk from Commerce Street. Gather up your Pokéballs, catch a few creatures and head to the gym at Freedom Park to battle your neighbors. Several other gyms are also located in the immediate area.

Killen’s Pond State Park, Felton

Join Pokémon enthusiasts across the state in vying for a top prize pack complete with Pokémon merchandise, a 2017 Annual Park Pass, a YETI rambler bottle and more!  According to the Delaware State Parks Website, “All you have to do to win is screenshot a view of your avatar in the park and then screenshot each Pokéstop you visit (it must show that you are in range of the Pokéstop in the screenshot!). Then tag us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and use the hashtag #pokeparkde.” The contest runs until July 31. More information can be found online at http://www.destateparks.com/pokepark/

A view of the Pokemon hunting grounds at Abbott's Mill from the parking lot of the nature center. To the left is the parking lot of the fishing dock. Across the street is a nature trail which leads to at least one gym and multiple Pokestops.

A view of the Pokemon hunting grounds at Abbott’s Mill from the parking lot of the nature center. To the left is the parking lot of the fishing dock. Across the street is a nature trail which leads to at least one gym and multiple Pokestops.

Abbott’s Mill Nature Center

Just when you think you’ve lost all GPS capabilities in the middle of nowhere, you find that you’re actually somewhere really cool! Abbott’s Mill Nature Center and the surrounding area has six Pokéstops in just a short walk. Three of those stops can be found in the center’s parking lot! Drop a lure and stay a while. Once your bag is full and you’ve caught your Pokémon for the day, head down a nature hike across the street from the parking lot where you’ll find a gym to battle.

A view from the Felton-Viola United Methodist Church looking into the downtown area. Several more Pokestops are not seen in this image.

A view from the Felton-Viola United Methodist Church looking into the downtown area. Several more Pokestops are not seen in this image.

Downtown Felton

Pastor Sally Stewart of Felton-Viola United Methodist Church is embracing the idea of her facility being a Pokéstop. “One of the things that churches struggle with is the impression that we are always serious and rarely have fun. We’re hoping that being a Pokéstop will allow us to ‘lure’ players to our location and help us get know our neighbors,” she said, adding that they plan to open sporadically in the coming weeks with an air conditioned room and electrical outlets for hunters.

Nearby are a handful of other Pokéstops and three gyms ready for players to join in the local fun.

 

Milford’s Riverwalk

If a player walks from the Milford sign at Bicentennial Park and over the bridge, continuing along the Riverwalk passed the Milford Public Library and over the Mispillion River by Riverfront Theatre all the way to Avenue United Methodist Church, they will pass 14 or more Pokéstops not including any detours to find more.

A view of downtown Milford from the Pokestop at Avenue United Methodist Church.

A view of downtown Milford from the Pokestop at Avenue United Methodist Church.

Several gyms are located in the area, including one at the Upper Room Church on Walnut Street, another near the downtown state service center on the Riverwalk and one just off the beaten path at Calvary United Methodist Church. The immediate area is just as rich with Pokéstops and gyms.

Bonus? Players can reach two of the downtown Pokéstops from inside the air conditioned Mispillion Art League. Several players found themselves munching on free ice cream while enjoying beautiful locally made artwork Friday night during an ice cream social.

Read more on Pokémon hunting at the Riverwalk here.

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