Get Tech Savvy: 2016 Guide to Technology

JUNE: Rule the Open Road

Perhaps you’re new to the Sunshine State, celebrating your first year as a retiree living here full time, or perhaps you’re a native claiming to have seen every nook and cranny Florida has to offer. Whoever you are, and wherever you’ve been, take a road trip this month and let the great state surprise you. Home to Walt Disney World and some of the world’s finest beaches, Florida is a fascinating state that’s also full of wildlife, wild parties and wild fun. Sure, be spontaneous, but before you jump in the car and go, put your smartphone to good use with travel apps created specifically for Florida. Save money on tour guides with the Official Florida State Parks app, and even pinpoint the perfect location to launch a kayak anywhere in the state! These trusted apps make traveling one step easier, helping you save time better spent with your toes in the sand (and a drink in your hand). Take a peek at our favorite travel apps and prepare for an adventure!


See the official wild side of Florida
Official FL State Parks PocketRanger®
Created by Florida State Parks and ParksByNature Network™, this free app is designed as an interactive guide for our 171 state parks, trails and historic sites – and recently, Florida’s beaches. Overall, it’s a great way to select a park with the amenities you seek, learn about park events all over the state and of course, share your adventures online.
Complete with an Advanced GPS Map system of each park, our favorite part of the app is its photo waypoint feature: snap a photo and the app marks and records plant life, animal species and landscape views, allowing you to share your remarkable finds with family and friends.

Magic Guide for Disney World

Master the Disney madness
Magic Guide for Disney World, VersaEdge
Visiting Disney may be a dream for the kids or grandkids, but often it’s a nightmare for the chaperones. Beat Disney at its own game with a miracle app that makes visiting the Magic Kingdom far more managable. With park maps, live wait times for rides, full menus for all dining options, a bathroom finder, and a park search feature to find anything else – even yourself, thanks to the impressive accuracy of the app’s GPS. Finally fitting in all the fun is a breeze with the app’s show and parade schedule, and alerts for character meets with favorite Disney stars. Go ahead and consider yourself the eternal favorite relative.

A demonstration of the Next Exit History App outside the T.T. Wentworth Florida State Museum Wednesday May 4, 2016 in Pensacola, Florida. (Michael Spooneybarger/ CREO)
A demonstration of the Next Exit History App outside the T.T. Wentworth Florida State Museum Wednesday May 4, 2016 in Pensacola, Florida. (Michael Spooneybarger/ CREO)


Become the ultimate history buff
Next Exit History™, WHRA & UWF
One of the most innovative and comprehensive apps we’ve come across lately, Next Exit ™ is a fun and exciting way to learn more about international history and culture with the click of a button, information delivered through text, images, audio and video. This summer, play the app’s interactive History Hunters game which involves collecting badges for checking in at historic sites, answering trivia and scavenger hunt questions and challenging friends for bragging rights. It’s a great activity for passengers on a long roadtrip or for seeking out a hidden gem of your area. Just download the app and hit the open road.

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