Learn about history and culture with Pokémon GO.
A lot of my friends are knocking Pokémon GO, but it’s not all bad. Sure, people make some dumb choices as they play and those seem to make headline news, but there are many good things to the game. I’ve already talked about how you can get fit and lose weight playing Pokémon GO. Another benefit is learning about history and culture while playing.
Pokémon GO has Stops and Gyms, where you gain items and battle other Pokémon. Stops and Gyms are located at spots of interest such as memorials, parks, historical markers, and landmarks. Players can learn something about their surroundings if they take a few moments to read and take it all in. I view it as a museum of the outdoors.
While we were in Door County last week, we played a little Pokémon GO. Our phones didn’t get very good reception in many parts of the peninsula, but we were able to play a few times in a few towns. The markers for PokéStops and Gyms took us to some interesting locations. We took the time to explore a few of these spots.
Coffee Pot at Washington Island Visitor Center – We were happy to see a PokéStop at the visitor center on Washington Island. Not only were we able to gather a few items, we learned about the giant coffee pot and went inside to get some suggestions on places on the island to visit.
Washington Island Stavkirke – This beautiful building is a replica of a Stave Church in Borgund, Norway. The architecture is amazing. We did not go inside and play Pokémon GO.
Jacobsen Museum – We actually had this item circled on our printed map to visit, and ended up grabbing a few Pokémon and some items during our visit. This museum was the brainchild of a guy named Jens Jacobsen. He purchased this land many years ago to preserve the relics and artifacts in the area. He built a little log cabin museum, that has been preserved long after his death. We saw some really cool things here.
Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant – We saw several PokéStops in Sister Bay, which brought us to a building that had goats grazing on its’ grass-covered roof. We stopped to watch the goats and ended up staying for dinner. Then we crossed the street to see an amazing sunset.
Alexander Noble House Museum – We took a long walk through Fish Creek to see the sites and stumbled upon this museum. It was quite interesting.
I have to say that I don’t support the location of some Poké Stops and Gyms. Since some people will do whatever it takes to play, there are locations where they should not be. These are places like the Holocaust Museum or Arlington National Cemetary. I myself won’t play in locations such as this. If I am uncertain of a location or think I might be trespassing, I just don’t go there. Hopefully, others do the same.
If Pokémon GO players take the time to stop and smell the roses, they can learn about local history and culture. Years ago when we were into GeoCaching, we discovered some very beautiful and interesting places in search of a hidden cache. Have you played Pokémon GO or gone GeoCaching? What did you see or learn?