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A Roundup of Nifty Apps that Enhance Sightseeing and Doing in Maryland

Jul 07, 2015 11:14AM ● Published by Cate Reynolds

Touring Maryland…There’s an app for that!

Summer is here and we’re ready to spend as much time as we can in the great outdoors. And what better place to do so than in our fine state. Whether it’s relaxing on the beach, exploring national parks, touring historic sites, or enjoying live entertainment, Maryland has it all.

To help guide us around the Old Line State, and further enhance our staycation, we’ve put together a list of our favorite apps.

Maryland Civil War Trails

By Maryland Office of Tourism
Free. Compatible with Apple and Android devices.
This app helps users find their way to more than 225 sites, museums, and battlefields within Maryland, in addition to providing information on nearby events and attractions, general places of interest, and where to stay and dine. Four trails—three scenic drives and one walking tour—are included: The Antietam Campaign, Gettysburg, John Wilkes Booth, and Baltimore. The app also includes zoomable GPS maps, photos, videos, and history of Maryland’s Civil War sites, and photo filters to give your pictures a “vintage” feel.


Maryland AccessDNR

Free. Compatible with Apple and Android devices.
Launched in early May of this year, Maryland AccessDNR is the official app of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. This app has everything the outdoor enthusiast needs: maps and directions to parks, trails, lakes, and public water access; park activities and amenities; hunting season information; fish and shellfish identifier; various regulation guides; location-based sunrise/sunset display; and breaking DNR news. There’s even the ability for hunters to directly report their harvest to DNR and a “Trophy Case” where hunters can upload photos of their success to share through Facebook, Twitter, or email.


Maryland Travel Guide

By FidesReef
$0.99. Compatible with Apple devices.
A handy-dandy travel guide to Maryland with general information on the state and more detailed information on 14 of its cities, including Annapolis, Frederick, Appalachian Trail, Assateague, and Great Falls. Find out about transportation, not-to-miss sights, the best places to eat and drink, and more! Even better, it’s an offline app, meaning no Internet/Wifi necessary!


NPS Chesapeake Explorer

By National Park Service
Free. Compatible with Apple and Android devices.
As the official app of the National Park Service for the Chesapeake Bay region, NPS Chesapeake Explorer allows users to explore parks and trails in the Chesapeake Bay region and beyond. Search by proximity, activity (biking, fishing, camping, birdwatching, boating, or hiking), or site type (parks, preserves, trails, or historic sites and museums). Other features include information on more than 400 parks and historic sites, suggested and user-created tours, travel log to keep track of sites visited, and the ability to share adventures with friends and family via Facebook, Twitter, or email.


Maryland Healthy Beaches

By Perry & Banks, Inc. and App Publishing
Free. Compatible with Apple and Android devices.
This app offers up-to-date information on all beaches in Maryland. Check for current beach conditions, get directions, search for nearby beaches, and save your favorites.


Annapolis NOW

By Bluebridge Tourism LLC
Free. Compatible with Apple and Android devices.
Created by the Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau, this app will help you make the most of your trip to Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay. Find information on history, tours, shopping, entertainment, the U.S. Naval Academy, events, and more. Whether it’s your first trip to the state’s capital or one of many, you’re sure to discover something new and exciting.


Annapolis Walking Tour - Steps Through Time

By Madden Media
Free. Compatible with Apple devices.
Create your own walking tour around 33 “must-see” historic sites, landmarks, and museums in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County. The app includes attraction descriptions with photos and videos, information on nearby restrooms and parking, GPS-enabled navigation, links to boat and trolley tours, and more. Additionally, the app can be used offline.


Live Work Play in QA

Free. Compatible with Apple and Android devices.
Discover where to eat, stay, and play in Queen Anne’s County with this free app. Features include audio walking tours for several historic towns, the ability to share photos of your travels, discount coupons to local businesses, listings of nearby events and activities, and more.


Maryland Theatre Guide

By Vancho Dimitrov
Free. Compatible with Apple and Android devices.
All the theater news you need to know in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia. The app also includes a theater guide by city and county, recent performance reviews, show times and tickets, articles and videos, and an auditions page with upcoming opportunities for aspiring actors and actresses!


Shark Tracker

By Ocearch.
Free. Compatible with Apple and Android devices.
For beach-goers nervous about a possible encounter with Jaws, the Shark Tracker app delivers real time pinged locations of tagged great white sharks. Search by location, gender, most recent “ping,” and more. The app also includes information on tagged sharks with photos and videos.

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