Friday, July 15, 2016

Everywhere you walk in downtown St. Augustine, people are playing Pokemon. The underlaying algorithm makes historic markers, landmarks and other sites of cultural and historical interest prime spots to find Pokemon, pick up supplies or battle it out in Gyms. There's been a lot of chatter in the museum and historic site community about the game: Is it good that it's getting people to visit these sites? Or can it be disrespectful when people are playing games while walking through memorial sites? And one group has embraced it completely with a Pokemon Archaeology twitter highlight Pokemon finds at archaeological and historic sites.

My experience in St. Augustine, and Northeast Florida, is that it's getting folks out there! I visited the Castillo de San Marcos Historic Monument on a Tuesday evening and it was busier than I've seen in a while. Apparently Pokemon love the fort's nice big lawn!

Venomoth is happy that he found his park!

We visited Kingsley Plantation and found a Pikachu enjoying the archaeology panels.

Many of the Pokestops and Gyms in St. Augustine will help folks discover archaeology signs, sites and places of interest.

 Some of the Pokestops even include information about the sites!

And if you're strolling around downtown, you can come pick up some Pokeballs and a map of cool archaeological sites to visit!

Words and photos by Emily Jane Murray, staff

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