When I was asked to review an App I was so intrigued. Books are one thing but an app is in a completely different world. As many of you know, I adore my iphone. It's one of the best Thrifting tools that I know. I can check prices, research what I'm looking at when I'm out in the thrift field, can use a map if I get lost and I can search for the nearest coffee stand using the map feature. Someone said to me a couple months ago, "If it could cook, I would marry it." So true, so true.
When I'm on the road is the time my iphone really comes into use. I use it faithfully to find the nearest gluten free restaurants or addresses of local thrift stores.
The app that I've been asked to review is Family Friendly San Francisco. Although I grew up in Northern California, as an adult I still don't know my way around San Francisco. It's probably my favorite city in the world and it only takes us an hours drive to get to the city on a Sunday morning.
Family Friendly San Francisco is a part of Sutra Media which is a treasure trove of travel guide apps. This app is so simple that I loved it immediately. You open it and a list of sights to see will appear in alphabetic order. The one the above photo is Fisherman's Wharf. I appreciate that the first information that you see on the app is the cost followed by the distance to the attraction. Fisherman's Wharf comes up Free and it's 46.5 miles from me.
Michele Bigley, the author of this fabulous app gives you the lowdown on each attraction. At Fisherman's Wharf she mentions what places you need to hit such as hitching a ride to Alcatraz or the Aquarium. What is really important for parents of young children is the list of restrooms with changing rooms. She also includes a link to the Fisherman's Wharf website for more information.
You can search by Name, Cost, Distance or Neighborhood. We used the Distance search bar the most. We want to know what is close and how can we get there the easiest. If you click on the map button at the bottom of the app you will see a visual of the map of San Francisco with all the attractions highlighted in tiny photo squares.
This app gives you details about attractions such as the Aquarium by the Bay and the cable car museum, it lets you take a peek at food choices such as restaurants and bakeries, info on transportation such as Bart and riding the Cable Car and includes a variety of parks such as Balboa Park and Golden Gate Park.
Family Friendly San Francisco is only $1.99 and includes a wealth of information in one place. I'm a strong believer in that time is money. I much prefer to pay a small price to have all of this information in one place than to spend time going to each website and try to gather information while walking around the city with iphone in hand. I try to keep my iphone time to a minimum when I'm with the children and this app does that with it's simplicity and thoroughness of information.
For those that live in this area you can also buy the Napa and Sonoma with Kids app for $2.99. That is next on my list.
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