Where to Find Pokémon in Georgia

Have you gotta catch ’em all in Georgia? We scoured the Peach State to bring you the best places to catch Pokémon and battle for the honor of your team.

Pokémon at Georgia Visitor Information Centers

If you’re roadtripping around Georgia, make sure to stop at one of our 12 visitor information centers. Every center has either a PokéStop or a PokéGym. Our Ringgold Center on I-75 South, coming in from Tennessee, and our West Point Center on I-85N, coming in from Alabama, have both!

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Left: PokeStop and PokeGym at Ringgold VIC, Right: PokeGym at West Point VIC

Pokémon in Atlanta

If you’re visiting the capitol of the South this summer, check out the user-friendly Google Map created by Atlanta Reddit users. They’ve tagged over 200 Pokéstops across metro Atlanta.

Before you even get out of the airport, you can take advantage of Pokémon fever. Select locations at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport are now offering a Pokémon inspired cocktail to thirsty travelers. Grab a Pikachu Colada Sangria from these eating and drinking destinations in the world’s busiest airport: The Piano Bar on E – located on Concourse E, Varasano’s Pizzeria in the food court on Concourse A, Cat Cora Kitchen by gate A24 and the Atlanta Hawks Bar & Grill near gate A34.

Six Flags Over Georgia is literally swarming with Pokémon! With three PokéGyms and over 15 different PokéStop scattered all over the park, Six Flags Over Georgia is one of the best places to find and train all of your Snorlaxes, Jigglypuffs, and Ponytas.

Marietta, Georgia, just north of Atlanta, is a particularly great place to catch rare Pokémon. The Marietta Square is teaming with Pokéstops and members of the three teams regularly get together to battle it out at the many PokéGyms.

Flowery Branch, Georgia is getting in on the craze with a screening of Pokémon:The First Movie Mewtwo vs. Mew at the Flowery Branch Train Depot on July 23rd.

A Venonat Pokémon in front of the fountain in Marietta Square, courtesy of the Marietta Daily Journal

A Venonat Pokémon in front of the fountain in Marietta Square, courtesy of the Marietta Daily Journal

Already on a team? Follow the Atlanta teams Valor, Mystic and Instinct on Twitter for the most recent meet-ups and Pokémon sightings.

Pokémon in Athens

The college town is being overrun with Pokémon. Check out this round up of PokéStops and PokéGyms from Visit Athens, GA and follow UGA’s newspaper, The Red & Black, on Twitter for the latest sightings. While you’re exploring make sure to check out Creature Comforts Brewing Co., home to the famously hard-to-find Tropicalia IPA.

Pokémon in Toccoa

The North Georgia Mountains aren’t just for hiking and waterfalls anymore. Downtown Toccoa has reported sightings of dozens of PokéStops- the City Hall historic plaque and the Belk-Gallant Building plaque, among others.

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While you’re happily hunting, don’t forget to stop for lunch or a snack at Victoria’s Sweet Treats. They have a series of rewards based on your Go level- Level 30 players get a cupcake!

Pokémon in Macon

Macon may be known as “where Soul lives,” but it’s also home to some great PokéStops including restaurants like The Rookery and Parish on Cherry Street. Even the Museum of Aviation at Robins Air Force Base is getting in on the action.

Pokémon in Valdosta

Close to the Florida-Georgia border, V-Town is full of “Wild Adventures” and apparently rare Pokémon. Downtown Valdosta created this map to help you navigate the PokéStops and PokéGyms. You HAVE to check out Jessie’s Restaurant and Catering– they serve amazing chocolate chip pancakes during breakfast and a killer pimento grilled cheese sandwich during lunch.

Pokémon in Rome

In Rome, Georgia you’ll find PokéStops at the Rome-Floyd Welcome Center and The Partridge on Broad Street. If you’re lucky enough to have a Snorlax, The Partridge will even give you a free dessert! The statue of Romulus and Remus outside of Rome City Hall is a PokéStop and Las Palmas Mexican Bar & Grill is a PokéGym- probably the only place in Georgia where you can go to the gym and sip a margarita at the same time!

Pokemon: Eevee

Tommy Romanach finds an Eevee near the Rome Clock Tower.

Pokémon in Canton

“Where metro meets the mountains.” Canton, Georgia is less than an hour north of Atlanta and it in the embodies small-town charm while moving at a big-city pace. The local Patch recently reported that the Cherokee County Animal Shelter is a Pokémon Gym. What a great opportunity to volunteer to walk some pups and battle some Pokémon!

Pokémon in Dillard

At the very tippy top of Georgia, sitting close to the North Carolina boarder, is Dillard. Known for its endless outdoor recreation options and thousands of acres of natural wonders, it’s now a place where you can also find Pokémon galore. If you’re ambitious, you can hit the PokéStops at the Tallulah Falls Railway Museum, Cindy’s Dragonfly, and end at Cupboard’s Cafe for an ice-cold glass of sweet tea and a snack. You’ll also hatch a 2km egg at the same time!

While you’re in Dillard we highly recommend you take time to visit the Foxfire museum, a truly unique glimpse of what life was like for the mountaineers who settled the area.

These are just a few of the places in Georgia to capture Pokémon. Don’t forget to tag your post with #ExploreGeorgia so we can share other hotspots!

**As the app warns at the start of the game, always “watch your surroundings” and be aware of what’s happening around you. Never Pokémon and drive!**

katie christofKatie Christof is the Senior Digital Strategist for Explore Georgia. When she’s not scouting out the newest Georgia restaurants and breweries, she’s scuba diving the nearby quarries or taking her cat Jane for a walk (it’s totally and thing). Keep up with all her travels over on Explore Georgia’s Snapchat @ExploreGeorgia.

Come for UGA Football, Stay for an Athens Weekend

Sanford Stadium in Athens. Photo by Broad Collective

Sanford Stadium in Athens. Photo by Broad Collective

Recently named the “Best Town in College Football” by Athlon Sports, it’s no surprise that visitors can expect much more from Athens than just a Saturday football game. With award-winning food, some of the most sought-after craft beer in the country, a world-renowned music hub, and an eclectic downtown scene, Athens is a city that will require an extended stay. So, come for the UGA football game on Saturday, but arrive early on Friday and stay until Sunday afternoon to experience all Athens has to offer during an ideal fall football weekend.

Friday

UGA's mascot Hairy Dawg. Photo by Mark Smith, visitathensga.com

UGA’s mascot Hairy Dawg. Photo by Mark Smith, visitathensga.com

The game day energy circulating through fans crowded into Sanford Stadium starts long before the first whistle is blown. Start your Friday in Athens by touring the Special Collections Libraries annual exhibit from the UGA Athletic Association archives, this year focusing on the Redcoat Band. This tour is offered on Friday afternoon before each home football game.

The UGA Redcoat Band performs at halftime.

The UGA Redcoat Band performs at halftime.

Move onto downtown Athens that is bursting at its seams with stylish and quirky shops, a variety of bars and music venues, unbeatable dining, and more. The Victorian-era architecture creates an inviting atmosphere for visitors and locals to take a leisurely stroll and explore the local shops.

Grab a bite to eat in downtown Athens.

Grab a bite to eat in downtown Athens.

Grab a bite to eat downtown, as there is no shortage of the traditional “tailgating” delicacies in the area. Visit Amici for wings, Clocked for a great burger or Ted’s Most Best for a yummy slice of artisan pizza. Head up to the rooftop of the Georgia Theatre for unbeatable views, elevated pub fare and a full bar. Venture outside of downtown to Butt Hutt for delicious BBQ, Cali N’ Titos for a Cuban sandwich that will change your life or George’s Lowcountry Table for New Orleans-style dishes. Take a trip to Athens’ award-winning breweries, Terrapin, Creature Comforts, and Southern Brewing, for tours, complete with tastings of their house-crafted brews.

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Georgia Theatre

More than two decades since Athens burst on the music scene as the home of the legendary B-52’s, R.E.M. and Widespread Panic, the vibe is as energetic as ever. Downtown’s world-famous musical venues, the heart of this historic college town’s live music scene, will guarantee a one-of-a-kind night out with friends. Weekend evenings are particularly exciting, as clubs like The 40 Watt, The Foundry at Graduate Athens and the Georgia Theatre play host to various musical performances.

Saturday

The University of Georgia campus teems with football fans on game days.

The University of Georgia campus teems with football fans on game days.

The city starts tailgating at the crack of dawn, regardless of kickoff time. Athens will teem with red and black as fans rush to the downtown streets and favorite tailgate spots to get pumped for the game. Just a short walk from downtown, watch thousands of people line the main entrance to Sanford Stadium for the Dawg Walk, right outside of the Tate Plaza, to welcome the players and coaches before warm ups accompanied by the tunes of the Georgia Redcoat Band. While you’re in Tate Plaza, stop by the UGA Bookstore that has everything a Dawg fan could dream of. Then follow as everyone heads to cheer on the boys of fall between the hedges.

Dining options abound in Athens.

Dining options abound in Athens.

Win or lose, everyone needs to eat after the game. Relax in ambient settings from sidewalk and courtyard cafés to dining rooms overlooking the University of Georgia’s historic North Campus, with menus that feature exceptional wines and Italian, sushi, steak, Cajun, and farm-fresh offerings from local Athens growers. For a full list of Athens restaurants, visit http://www.visitathensga.com/restaurants/.

Sunday

Fuel up for the trip home at Mama's Boy in Athens. Photo courtesy Mama's Boy, Facebook.

Fuel up for the trip home at Mama’s Boy in Athens. Photo courtesy Mama’s Boy, Facebook.

Wake up, go out and you’ll realize that Athenians take Sunday brunch seriously. Mama’s Boy is the epitome of “Southern Fun Dining,” complete with Southern breakfast and lunch staples and relaxing digs. Mama’s Boy has been voted Athens’ Favorite Brunch by Flagpole Magazine for the past four years and named one of “The South’s Best Biscuit Joints” by Southern Living magazine, so you can imagine how popular it is — arrive early. Last Resort Grill’s brunch is also a favorite among visitors and normally has a line out the door for their stuffed French toast, shrimp & grits, crab benedict and breakfast enchiladas. Other popular breakfast and brunch options include Donderos’ Kitchen, Preserve, and Heirloom Café.

Extend your visit after brunch and peruse two official state attractions, as Athens is home to the State Botanical Garden of Georgia and the Georgia Museum of Art. The Georgia Museum of Art, located on UGA’s East Campus, has a permanent collection of more than 9,000 works of art as well as a variety of traveling exhibitions. The 313-acre State Botanical Garden of Georgia is the perfect place to have a picnic and take a walk on miles of nature trails in cool fall air.

Stroll through the State Botanical Garden for beautiful fall scenery. Photo credit: visitathens.com.

Stroll through the State Botanical Garden for beautiful fall scenery. Photo credit: visitathens.com.

As you can see, your fall football weekend will be packed in Athens. So, it’s only right to spend a little more time in Athens by venturing from your tailgate sport. For information on last-minute hotel availability, parking, tailgating, weekend events and special deals, go to VisitAthensGA.com/football or call the Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau at (706) 357-4430. To stay up to date on travel, visitor and event information, follow VisitAthensGA on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

khyra-walker-webA devoted Georgia Southern Eagle in Dawg Nation, Khyra Walker took a job as the public relations coordinator for the Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau and has fallen in love. The craft beer scene, variety of food options and creative energy are among her favorite things that Athens has to offer.

AthFest: Dozens of Bands, With Or Without Wristbands

The 20th annual AthFest begins on Friday, June 24 with a nice piece of symmetry. Atlanta fixture and onetime Athens resident Kevn Kinney — best known as the leader of Drivin’ N Cryin’ — played the music and arts festival’s maiden voyage. This year, Kinney will reprise his role when he opens the proceedings Friday at 5 p.m.

AthFest 2015. Photo by Porter McLeod

AthFest 2015. Photo by Porter McLeod

An event that began as a device to bring foot traffic to downtown Athens during the student-deprived summer months has blossomed into one of the keystones of Georgia’s summer festival calendar. “It’s almost like a football game weekend,” says AthFest board member and booking chair Troy Aubrey. “You see the mass exodus of students around May, but a lot of the kids come back for this.” The free family-friendly fun and frolic draws roughly 10,000 for each of its three days.

AthFest’s musical offerings span two stages (three counting the KidsFest stage) situated a block and a half apart, the larger one directly in front of the iconic 40 Watt Club. Given the town’s well-deserved national reputation as a musical hotbed, it’s no surprise the big dawg’s share of acts are Athens-connected, including two of this year’s headliners: indie darlings Kishi Bashi (Sunday) and the two-drummer “more organic and folkie” Family and Friends (Friday). Meanwhile, Saturday boasts the one-two punch of Atlanta hip hop legends Arrested Development and Jessup-born Americana heavyweight and current Athens resident Randall Bramblett.

AthFest 2015. Photo by Porter McLeod

AthFest 2015. Photo by Porter McLeod

After the free music, AthFest also coordinates the late-night Club Crawl, for which a $30 wristband buys you access to multiple venues and sets over two nights by edgier bands like Athens’ current  high-fliers Mothers and perennial faves Elf Power, and Atlanta’s raucous Coathangers and the Black Lips. “I’ve got kids now. I’m not going out every night anymore, but this is a great way to get a crash course and see what’s really happening,” says Aubrey. “Take the kids to mom and dad’s house and get a wristband!” That wristband also scores you a discount for LaughFest, the 18-and-over comedy event at the Georgia Theatre the preceding Wednesday, as well as other related happenings.

AthFest offers lots of family-friendly fun. Photo by Porter McLeod.

AthFest offers lots of family-friendly fun. Photo by Porter McLeod.

In line with Athens’ grassroots spirit, AthFest also took a unique path to philanthropy. Once it began turning a profit, organizers looked for a way to channel the proceeds for community good. Enter AthFest Educates, the nonprofit created specifically to sustain music and arts education in Clarke County. So, by enjoying the current generation of Athens’ finest, you’ll also be paving the road for the next one.

glen-headshotGlen Sarvady is Georgia’s official Music Explorer. He has lived in Atlanta for more than 20 years, and has written about music both locally and nationally for at least as long. More recently, he has written regularly for the music/arts publication Stomp & Stammer as well as GeorgiaMusic.org.

Bike from Athens to Macon on the Antebellum Trail

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Savor spectacular scenery while biking the Antebellum Trail in Georgia.

One of Georgia’s newest bicycle trails travels through some of Georgia’s most historic communities on the Antebellum Trail. Cyclists can ride along sun-dappled country roads, past grand antebellum homes and quaint downtowns at just the right pace to take in the rich history of the old South. The Antebellum Trail Bicycle Route winds through seven historic communities that escaped Sherman’s march of fire and destruction through Georgia.

From Athens to Macon, the communities of Watkinsville, Madison, Eatonton, Milledgeville and Gray make up a collection of Georgia’s most beautiful towns and impressive architecture.

Fuel up for a long ride at Mama's Boy in Athens. Photo courtesy Mama's Boy, Facebook.

Fuel up for a long ride at Mama’s Boy in Athens. Photo courtesy Mama’s Boy, Facebook.

When exploring the Antebellum Trail by bicycle, you will experience an abundance of unique history, much tied to the American Civil War as well as Georgia’s Native American heritage. For fuel, finger-lickin’ good Southern cuisine just like Grandma made can be found in many locations along the path.

The cities of Athens and Macon, the largest along the route, anchor the trail at the north and south ends. In Athens, home of the University of Georgia, you will find one of the most vibrant biking, music and culinary destinations in the state. Bike lanes, wide shoulders, bike riders and considerate motorists are in abundance in the city limits. A stop at Mama’s Boy, outfitted with bike racks that cater to cyclists, is a must do for breakfast, brunch or lunch. Sit and stay to savor options from the “Southern fun” menu, such as chocolate cake for breakfast or Georgia peach French toast for lunch.

Traveling south, the next community on your way is the “Artland of Georgia,” Watkinsville. This friendly town has a thriving artists’ community known for its small-town charm. Make time to stop at The Eagle Tavern Museum, a stagecoach stop and tavern built in 1801.

Bike through beautiful Madison, Ga., on the Antebellum Trail.

Bike through beautiful Madison, Ga., on the Antebellum Trail.

As you continue to ride south, catch a glimpse of the Clydesdales running along the rolling countryside to Madison. A picturesque community and host to Bike Ride Across Georgia’s Spring Tune Up (April 15-17, 2016), this Southern gem survived General Sherman’s “March to the Sea” and is the second largest National Register Historic District in Georgia.

Carrying on over the scenic countryside, through a section of the Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge, you’ll arrive at the beautiful town center of Eatonton, the hometown of authors Joel Chandler Harris and Alice Walker. As you pass the residential district, featuring more than 100 antebellum and Victorian era structures, keep your eyes open as you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of Sylvia the ghost at Panola Hall.

See the South on the Bicycle Ride Across Georgia

See the South on the Bicycle Ride Across Georgia

Now you are ready for the most challenging terrain leading in and out of Milledgeville, but it will be worth the sweat. The First Lady of Georgia, Milledgeville, was the Capital of Georgia during the Civil War. The town’s stately antebellum architecture, Civil War history, vibrant town center, nightlife, college culture and restaurants are welcome sights for cyclists. Park your bike at the Welcome Center and rest your legs as you hop aboard a guided trolley tour through town.

As you roll further south, follow the path of the Union soldiers during the March to the Sea down the streets of historic Old Clinton. You can tour the one-room school house museum and a Methodist cemetery, where many notable Georgians are buried. Gray, established in 1908 as the county seat of Jones, has antique and collectible shops, as well as local eating spots and a hotel. Enjoy the peaceful, easy feeling of these two countryside communities.

Sample soul food favorites at H&H in Macon.

Sample soul food favorites at H&H in Macon. Photo courtesy H&H, Facebook.

The southernmost point of the Antebellum Trail Bicycle Route concludes at the Visitors Center in Macon. Nearly 22 miles from Gray, Macon is known for its soulful music history and also offers opportunities to explore Native American, African American and Civil War heritages. Refuel at H&H Soul Food, an Allman Brothers Band favorite. They serve up plates of delicious smothered fried chicken; after all, you earned it.

The 170-mile Antebellum Trail Bicycle Route can be covered all at once or divided into shorter segments. Follow the 50-mile, three-day itinerary for the northern section of the trail, or the 130-mile, four-day itinerary for the southern section. More information on planning a bicycling tour of Georgia’s Antebellum Trail is available at www.bikeantebellum.com, including turn-by-turn directions from Georgia Bicycle Adventures.

Or drive the vehicle; we won’t tell anyone.

bonnie-webBonnie Simmons is the social media voice, website whiz and project coordinator for the Milledgeville-Baldwin CVB. Bonnie fell in love with the communities along Georgia’s Antebellum Trail while she attended Georgia College in Milledgeville and worked at the downtown staple establishment, The Brick. Now married and chasing a toddler, she appreciates the area’s family-friendly adventures, from walking at the Oconee River Greenway and touring the Uncle Remus Museum to attending all the local farmers markets.

Explore Georgia Wants to Find the World’s Biggest Georgia Music Fan!

shakykneesBSPEnter the #GeorgiaMusic Backstage Pass contest to win an eight-day
musical odyssey through Atlanta, Athens and Macon!

Georgia, known for musical heritage ranging from James Brown to Luke Bryan, is on a nationwide search for the most passionate Georgia music fan to explore the state’s vibrant music scenes and bring them to life via social media.

With its own rich and influential music heritage, including concerts, tours, landmarks and more than 100 music festivals statewide, Georgia offers authentic and memorable musical experiences that put fans closer than ever to their favorite artists from the past and present.

Georgia Theatre in Athens

Georgia Theatre is a prominent music venue in Athens that has hosted famous local bands such as REM and the B-52’s

The winner of the #GeorgiaMusic Backstage Pass contest and a guest will be treated to a tour of the state through Atlanta, Athens and Macon from May 8-15, 2016. During the trip, you will help us tell the stories of Georgia’s deep-rooted musical history on our blog and social media channels.

To enter the #GeorgiaMusic Backstage Pass contest, die-hard music fans must follow @ExploreGeorgia on Instagram, post a Georgia music-related photo using the hashtags #GeorgiaMusic and #GeorgiaMusicBackstagePass and tell us why you love Georgia music in the post. Don’t forget – your account must be public for us to see your submission!

Allman Brothers Band Museum Entrance

Get ready to rock when you roll into historic Macon, Georgia!

From April 4–15, 2016, Explore Georgia will collect entries and engage with contestants. On the final day we’ll select five finalists based on creative photography and fan engagement. The finalists’ entry will be posted to the ExploreGeorgia.org blog on April 18, 2016, for public voting. A winner will be announced on April 25, 2016.

Wilco at Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta

Wilco at Shaky Knees in Atlanta. Photo by aLIVE Coverage, from Shaky Knees, Facebook.

The #GeorgiaMusic Backstage Pass grand prize includes:
  • Round-trip air transportation to/from Atlanta
  • Hotel accommodations (eight nights) in Atlanta, Athens and Macon
  • Rental car
  • Music-focused tours and experiences in Atlanta, Athens and Macon
  • Two VIP tickets to the Shaky Knees Music Festival in Atlanta (May 13-15)
  • Daily stipend of $150

But that’s not all we’re giving away! One (1) runner-up will win two tickets to the Shaky Beats Music Festival, taking place May 20-22 at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta. Shaky Beats features more than 40 top electronic, indie and hip-hop acts across three stages. And you thought Georgia was only about country music…

The winner must be 25 years of age or older and his/her accompanying guest must be 21 years of age or older by May 8, 2016. The winner must be available to travel May 8 – 15, 2016. The winner and guest must depart from an airport in the 48 contiguous United States.

Enter today for an opportunity to be at the center of Georgia’s music story and have the chance to win a trip to experience our vibrant music for yourself!

By entering this contest you agree to follow the terms and conditions set forth here.

Learn more about Georgia music at ExploreGeorgia.org/music.