Family-Friendly iPhone Travel Apps for Vacation Planning
A new trend in family vacation planning is iPhone travel apps, or virtual travel guide books. Authored by area gurus, travel apps offer an in-depth look at a particular region or vacation destination. Apps are more content rich and interactive than traditional guide books, and bring the itinerary planning right along in the car with you.
If you have kids and are on a cross-country journey this summer, consider downloading one of these seven family-friendly iPhone apps available through Sutro Media and iTunes. If you’re looking for free activities in downtown DC, there’s an app for that. Museums in Milwaukee. There’s an app for that. Teen adventures in Phoenix. You guessed it. Travel app. Embrace the trend and the new technology.
DC Essential Family
author Alistair Wearmouth
As one of the nation-’s best-loved family destinations, Washington, DC, needs no introduction — the monuments, memorials, museums, and more keep kids and parents coming back year after year. Sutro Media’s DC Essential Family iPhone app is your guide to the iconic, but also the idiosyncratic, with 125 kid-centric recommendations for everything from the best times to visit the Washington Monument to hidden restaurants where locals eat with their brood. It’s written by local writer and editor Alistair Wearmouth.
Beyond the world-famous D.C. attractions, though, the DC Essential Family app brings you out-of-town ideas for getting out and active, including area campgrounds, hikes, swimming holes, as well as useful stuff like local kiddie spray parks. As writer Steve Jermanok said on his blog, ActiveTravels.com, recently, “Since Alistair has a love of the outdoors, many of the sights have an active component, like places to bring the kids to bike, paddle, and stroll in parks. Cost is a measly $1.99.” Pack this app in your glove compartment for your next road trip to Washington, D.C., and you’ll not only know what to do in D.C. over the weekend but have a menu of ideas for places to hit to or from the nation’s capital this summer.
Milwaukee Loves Kids
author Julie Henning
Milwaukee, the “big city on the lake,” may not be the most popular tourist destination. Yet. Psssstttt….it’s the best-kept secret in the continental US! Not only is Milwaukee one of the safest big cities in the entire country, it’s clean, green, and not-mean. Milwaukee residents are some of the friendliest, most helpful, genuinely earnest people on earth and they are proud of their city.
Options for Milwaukee family-friendly fun are as wide as they are deep in Milwaukee Loves Kids. Entries for sports-lovers, foodies, and even nifty, thrifty fun have been included along with nature centers, indoor-gyms, and water parks. Milwaukee is a four-season city, and the application was created with year-round activities in mind. The visually-rich application includes also over 500 photos and insider tips and suggestions that exceed a combined 27 pages of author-generated text. At 99 cents, Milwaukee Loves Kids it’s never out of print and it costs less than a kid’s meal. (And upgrades are free for life…sorry, no fries!)
author Teresa Bitler
It can take almost an hour and a half to drive from the east side of the Phoenix metropolitan area to the west side. Family-Friendly Phoenix breaks the Valley into manageable chunks and details the cool and fun things to do in that particular area. Planning to visit an iconic Phoenix destination, like the Heard Museum, but not sure if the kids will enjoy it? This app focuses on the kid-friendly activities at local attractions, with a special emphasis on hands-on experiences and interactive exhibits. You’ll also find the best the Valley has to offer families in terms of museums, parks, culture and history. Here during the summer? Don’t worry! There’s a section devoted to beat-the-heat activities.
Family-Friendly San Francisco
author Michele Bigley
San Francisco may have the rep as being an adult focused city, but my app proves that wrong. From tips to riding cable cars without the wait to fun local secrets (like block-long slides, family nights at restaurants, and even city hikes) Family-Friendly San Francisco is a great resource of traveling families. If your kiddo has a diaper blow out, you can search for the closest bathroom with a changing table; or if you need to nurse a babe, there is a selection of places to nurse quietly. Throw in top attractions like Golden Gate Park and the Exploratorium and you begin to realize why so many families choose to make San Francisco home.
Napa and Sonoma with Kids
author Michele Bigley
Most parents leave the kids at home when they sample wine. But any mom or dad who likes their kids and wine will appreciate the chance to tour Napa and Sonoma Counties with Napa and Sonoma with Kids. Napa and Sonoma are way more than wine and this app gives you the tools to entertain the entire family. Here you will find everything from swimming holes to hiking trails, restaurants with kid areas (and even ones especially for kids) and festivals. And then for mom and dad, there are plenty of wineries that you can take the kids to (some even have fun stuff for kids to do).
Vancouver Family Fun
author Heather Lochner
Heading to the Pacific Northwest this summer? Then don’t forget your passport. Make a trip and head across the border to Vancouver, British Columbia. With the help of the iPhone Application, Vancouver Family Fun, you will know what sites are worth visiting when you reach this breathtakingly beautiful city. From Stanley Park to Ambleside Beach and from Harrison Hot Springs to Bowen Island; the information is at your fingertips. All you need is your iPhone and a sense of adventure. Take the trip of a lifetime and enjoy your visit.
Madison Loves Kids
author Julie Henning
The second largest city in Wisconsin, Madison is home to 231,916 of the nicest people in the world. Continually ranked as one of the safest, cleanest, and most economically-sound places to live, Madison is full of culture and charm. Built on an isthmus between two lakes, to be in Madison is to be surrounded by water and trees; no wonder people are happy. Home to the University of Wisconsin (go Badgers!) and the world-class University hospital system, Madison is a cultured and educated city. Families raising children in Madison appreciate the diversity of their city, venturing into the bustling downtown as much as they journey into the country.
Options for Madison family-friendly fun are as wide as they are deep in Madison Loves Kids. Entries for sports-lovers, foodies, and even nifty, thrifty fun have been included along with nature centers, indoor-gyms, and museums. Madison is a four-season city, and the application was created with year-round activities in mind. The visually-rich application includes also over 500 photos and insider tips and suggestions that exceed a combined 28 pages of author-generated text. At 99 cents, Madison Loves Kids it’s never out of print and it costs less than a kid’s meal. (And upgrades are free for life…sorry, no fries!)
About Sutro Media
Sutro Media is a new kind of app publishing company; one that bridges the gap between traditional print media and new media outlets. Quite simply, Sutro Media is amassing the world’s largest collection of indie travel writing voices and offering them a home on our exciting and versatile mobile platform. Sutro Media guides have been created from the ground up. The company hasn’t simply taken a print guide and slapped it onto an app skin. Sutro authors write original content with users in mind.