If you’ve been bitten by the Pokémon GO bug, then no doubt you’ve been racing around Austin in a frenzied attempt to nab as many Pokémon characters as you can.
The developer says this über-popular, location-based augmented reality game, available via app on iOS and Android devices, “allows you to find and catch more than a hundred species of Pokémon as you explore your surroundings.”
Image: Twitter/Pokémon GO Austin
So, as you’re exploring your Pokémon GO surroundings, why not take in some of Austin’s most picturesque Pokestops? If you’re hunting for Charmander or Eevee, try one of the stops on our list of the 7 Most Picturesque Pokémon Go Places in Austin.
1. McKinney Falls State Park
The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department refers to this park as “Austin’s backyard.” If only we all had backyards this amazing.
Onion Creek runs through this 682-acre park, which features natural pools, limestone formations, wildflowers, numerous trees, white-tailed deer, 81 campsites and nearly nine miles of hiking-and-biking trails.
2. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Photo: University of Texas
The 284-acre wildflower center comprises gardens, woodlands and meadows tucked into a suburban setting in Southwest Austin. The center includes 650 species of native Texas plants and 100 species of native Texas trees.
3. Vic Mathias Shores (Auditorium Shores)
Photo: City of Austin
If McKinney Falls State Park is Austin’s backyard, then Vic Mathias Shores (formerly Auditorium Shores) is its playground.
Vic Mathias Shores, which adjoins Lady Bird Lake, affords a panoramic view of the downtown Austin skyline and hosts an array of events, including the annual Fourth of July fireworks display, the Austin City Limits Music Festival, South by Southwest and Fun Fun Fun Fest.
4. Texas State Capitol
Everything’s bigger in Texas, right? That certainly applies to the Texas State Capitol, which is the biggest state capitol building in the U.S. Only the U.S. Capitol is bigger.
As noted by the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau, the domed granite-and-marble Capitol sits on 22 well-manicured acres in downtown Austin. The Capitol was put on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and was named a National Historic Landmark in 1986.
5. Pease District Park
Photo: Pinterest/Ted Lee Eubanks’ Fermata
Pease District Park is built for city life.
Among the highlights of the 42-acre park, just north of downtown Austin, are a hike-and-bike trail, barbecue pits, picnic tables, basketball courts, volleyball courts, wading pools and splash pads. Shoal Creek is the park’s backbone.
6. Mueller Lake Park
Mueller Lake Park is an urban oasis.
Situated on 30 acres, the park is one of the gems of the Mueller mixed-use development at Austin’s former Mueller Municipal Airport, northeast of the University of Texas campus. Highlights of the park include a 6.5-acre lake, an amphitheater, a playscape, a picnic area and a trail.
7. Old Settlers Park
Photo: City of Round Rock
The Round Rock Parks and Recreation Department touts Old Settlers Park as the “crown jewel” of the city’s park system.
The park’s 645 acres offer space for a slew of outdoor pursuits: baseball, softball, football, soccer, tennis, volleyball, hiking, biking, fishing, picnicking, barbecuing, disc golf, cricket and horseshoes.
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Top image: Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and Jake Lane