MAP: Pokemon Go Hot Spots Around Southern California | NBC Southern California

MAP: Pokemon Go Hot Spots Around Southern California

Pokemon Go has players walking and running around the country trying to catch the animated characters that have become part of a cultural phenomenon.

Some public parks and spaces in Southern California are taking part in helping players catch Pikachu and company while staying safe walking around pedestrian-friendly locations.

Pokéstops, areas where players can stock up on Poké balls, are being promoted by local museums, parks and centers, such as the Music Center in downtown Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the adjoining La Brea Tar Pits is a breeding ground for Charmander according to one Reddit thread.

Across town, Pokemon Go outposts such as the shops in Little Tokyo and the Exposition Park Rose Garden have also been added to a list of Pokemon Go hotspots. Twitter user @foxdragonnerd posted photos from a Pokemon Go LA walking tour.

Crowds have formed at scenic spots including the Santa Monica Pier, Long Beach pier and Echo Park Lake to band together while searching for the rarest Pokemon.

In order to keep players safe and alert while walking around all these Pokéstops and gyms in Southern California, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has created a special Twitter account encouraging players to find Pokemon along Metro Stops instead of mindlessly walking around cars while playing the app game.

Players might spot golden Pikachu on the Mariachi Station stop on the Gold Line, a Snorlax taking a nap at Union Station or a Ponyta at Grand Park via the Civic Center/Grand Park station.

NBC4 has mapped out some locations below:

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