Guide to Pokémon Go at the Dallas Zoo
The Dallas Zoo welcomes all Pokémon trainers. We want you to have a fun and especially safe time while looking for the elusive Pikachu or fighting to take over the giraffe statue gym for Team Mystic.
Things to remember while you’re hunting Pokémon at the Zoo:
- Never, ever cross a barrier or enter animal habitats. Even the strongest Pokémon won’t stand a chance against our animals. For your safety, don’t wander into unauthorized areas or head behind-the-scenes.
- Stay alert and watch your step, particularly on stairs and pathways. We want all visitors and Pokémon trainers to have a safe experience. We have private security staff and uniformed Dallas Police officers on grounds at all times. And contact any Zoo staff member if you need assistance.
- Be nice and respect other guests. We have lots of little guests, so please watch where you’re going. Other guests won’t be here to play Pokémon Go, so be courteous and respectful to them.
- Stay hydrated and take care of yourself. Visit our air-conditioned Guest Services building near Lemur Lookout if you need to take a breather or receive some medical attention.
- Don’t venture onto Zoo grounds when we’re closed. Our security team is here 24/7 to keep an eye on things. Our gates are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, which is plenty of time to chase those animated critters.
- Don’t park on the frontage road. Please don’t pull over on the highway frontage road to battle in the gym at the giraffe statue. Instead, pull into the parking lot and take a short walk to our majestic statue-turned-gym.
Here are some quick tips for the expert Pokémon trainers:
- Keep your smartphone batteries charged by renting a power pack from the NRG Go kiosks located at the Jungle Safari gift shop, Flamingo Bridge breezeway, or Prime Meridian restaurant.
- The Prime Meridian Café is a great place to cool off and have a snack. One corner of the dining area is within range of three Pokéstops.
- There are more than 30 Pokéstops across Zoo grounds and three gyms.
- Hop on the Wilds of Africa Adventure Safari monorail to log some distance, see some Zoo grounds not accessible by foot and maybe find a Pokémon in the African sub-Saharan.
- Visit in the mid-morning for the best chance of finding some active lures. That’s when we have the most guests flowing in and starting to roam.
And something else really important: look up! Pokémon aren’t the only creatures worth caring about. Turn on the vibration mode, slip the phone in your pocket and take a moment to appreciate the real animals around you.
Have fun, good luck and be sure to share your photos with us on social media! Tag your photos with #DallasPokeZoo and we’ll share some of our favorites.