Summer 2020 will be different from any other. We’ll be packing face masks along with our sunscreen and picking up our favorite takeout dinners to go instead of eating in restaurants. Lots of summertime attractions will only allow a limited number of guests on the premises at any one time, while others may not even open this summer.
Things may be different this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have an awesome summer. Check out these apps to download for a fun summer!
Give your kids a super-fun experience this summer without leaving your backyard. This free app will act like an interactive field guide, coaching kids on the flora and fauna that can be found right outside their homes. Project Noah lets users upload photos of what they’ve found so they can learn even more about local plants and animals.
Ever opened your suitcase only to find you’ve forgotten your cellphone charger, or your toothbrush? Try the free PackPoint app and never forget an essential item again. You’ll plug in your trip details, whether it’s a family road trip, a business convention or a romantic beachside getaway. The app will use your itinerary and the forecast weather at your vacation destination to draw up a packing list, chargers and toothbrushes included. PackPoint will even save your packing list to make your next trip that much easier.
Nothing beats a day out on the water, but owning a boat can be expensive. GetMyBoat is a free app that works like Airbnb for boats, with more than 35,000 boats, from kayaks to yachts, available for rent in 135 countries around the world.
Stargazing just got easier with this fantastic app. For a one-time fee of $1.99, you’ll have a complete guide to the night sky right in your pocket. Learn how to spot constellations, planets and satellites by pointing your smartphone toward the sky. SkyGuide works well even in weak data signal zones, making it the perfect accessory for your camping trip.
If you have plans to hit the beach and catch some waves this summer, you may want to download this free app before grabbing your surfboard. With more than 100 live-streaming HD cameras at breaks all over the U.S., Surfline provides users with the most accurate surf reports and forecasts. Data is available for thousands of surf spots around the world, up to five days in advance. Surf’s up!
If you’ve ever been to an amusement park or music festival and lost sight of your friends, you need to download GeoZilla. The app lets you track your friends or family members – and keep contact with them via group chat or a check-in feature. GeoZilla takes the stress out of a trip without draining your phone’s battery.
Your Turn: What’s your favorite summertime app? Tell us all about it in the comments!