Unless you've been living under a Geodude, just about everyone in Austin is venturing around town playing "Pokemon Go." The app, which lets you "capture" characters from the famous children's TV show, has gained extraordinary popularity in the week since its release. But critics say the geo-location that power drives the app has people roaming places where catching a Pikachu isn't the most appropriate activity.
High-profile sites such as the Holocaust Museum, former concentration camp Auschwitz and Arlington National Cemetery have released statements asking "Pokemon Go" users to refrain from using the app while visiting. The Texas Department of Transportation even pleaded with the public, launching a now-viral "Don't Pokemon Go and Drive" campaign.
This had us thinking about where in Austin budding Pokemon trainers should take a break from trying to be the very best. Stow away the Pokedex here:
The Texas State Cemetery
Like Arlington, the only thing you should be paying here is respect, not for more Pokeballs.
MoPac/Interstate 35/literally ANY roadway
Yes, the traffic is bad enough that you probably whip out your phone, but is another Pidgey really worth a crash? And another reminder that Austin has a cellphone ban while driving.
Tapings of "Austin City Limits"
It's highly discouraged to use your cellphone when bands are playing the iconic show. Plus musicians are getting tired of playing to cellphones.
Barton Springs Pool
Don't crowd the already-crowded pool for a Psyduck. Swimming plus "Pokemon Go" doesn't make a good combo.
Franklin Barbecue after 11 a.m.
If you're in the line, you've waited long enough for that delicious barbecue. Don't hold up the line any longer or others will get hangry.
The steps up (or short hike) are pretty rocky, which can pose a safety hazard. Put the phone away and enjoy the magnificent view.
The security line at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
"Hold on, I'm trying to catch an Electrode," could result in an awkward conversation with TSA about what the heck you're playing.
Biking while riding along the lake trails
Don't run into fellow Pokemon trainers trying to hatch their eggs by taking a stroll along the lake.
Pulling out a phone and using its camera sounds like a big no-no at the famous nude beach.
Austin Police Department headquarters
Roaming around a police station with your phone out might raise an eyebrow.
Kayaking or paddleboarding on any of the local lakes
With more people getting out on the water, safety is priority number one.
Cliffs around the Greenbelt
Ditto for when you're exploring nature out on the Greenbelt. Always watch your surroundings!
The sidelines of a University of Texas football game
You never know when a player in burnt orange will be running full speed though the crowds along the sideline.
Inside an Alamo Drafthouse theater
Unless you feel like getting kicked out before you get to see the new Ghostbusters film, these theaters take their "no cellphones out" rule quite seriously.
Have any other suggestions for places not to play "Pokemon Go"? Let us know in the comments.
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