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4 ways to keep Pokemon Go from ruining your vacation

It is pretty rare that a fad has the tacit or even explicit endorsement of the older generation but even for those of us who don’t play at (participate in?) Pokemon Go there is something of an admission of excitement that the game encourages kids to get out of the house. For those kids who can be a little persnickety about enjoying the great outdoors, Pokemon Go presents grownups the opportunity to add a little color to their days and even learn to like watching kids play video games for a change. What follows are some of our favorite ways to make Pokemon Go fun (or at least tolerable) for people who aren’t playing but whose young or old traveling companions are under the Pokemon thrall.

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Check the Ocean City Life Saving Station Museum

As we wrote last week, many businesses can use Pokemon Go as a way of enticing people to their doors. It works well enough that there even are guidelines. If is a fact, though, that Pokemon creatures are naturally attracted to cultural places. The Ocean City Lifesaving Museum is right along the boardwalk, so it is already an attractive place to hunt Pokemon. Poke your head inside and take the tour and you can learn a lot about the beach culture of bygone times so you get to leave with a little knowledge as well as a potential Pokemon capture.

The horse-naming lottery allows people to make donations for the opportunity to name the new horses.
The horse-naming lottery allows people to make donations for the opportunity to name the new horses.

Check around the Assateague Island Visitor Center

If the prospect of seeing wild horses isn’t appealing enough, maybe seeing wild horses while hunting for Pokemon will do the trick. There are plenty of nooks and crannies near the visitors center where the creatures might be found and, when you’re done, you can learn all about life on the island past and present. Out behind the visitors center is a nature trail that covers lots of different places including the restored Rackliffe House and astounding views of the Assawoman Bay. Once you’re done there, pop across to the National Seashore which is certain to be a creature hotbed.

Photo (and capture) by MegaCallum
Photo (and capture) by MegaCallum

Hunt on your way to the beach

If getting out to Assateague isn’t your bag, remember that when you step out of your hotel, there is a very good chance a Pokemon creature stands between you and the beach. Hotels all over the island have made an effort to attract creatures for their guests to hunt, so don’t be afraid to encourage exploration of the immediate area before you head out on larger quests.

Scour quaint, charming Pokemon-ridden Downtown Berlin

pokemonberlinIf the Pokemon hunting is cutting into your shopping time, or if you want to sit and grab a snack or a cold drink between sorties, pop over to Berlin, where it is quiet and the sidewalks are wide and creatures are out in force. From the porch of the Atlantic Hotel to the Taylor House Museum, there always is the opportunity to let your kids hunt Pokemon while you enjoy your vacation.

Tony Russo
Tony Russohttp://Ossurynot.com
Tony Russo has worked as a print and digital journalist for the better part of the 21st century, writing for and editing regional weeklies and dailies before joining the team that produces OceanCity.com and ShoreCraftBeer.com among other destination websites. In addition to having documented everything from zoning changes to art movements on the Delmarva Peninsula, Tony has written two books on beer for the History Press. Eastern Shore Beer was published in 2014 and Delaware Beer in 2016. He lives in Delmar, Md. with his wife Kelly and the only of his four daughters who hasn't moved out. Together they keep their two dogs comfortable.

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