It's no surprise the city of Boston attracts over 20 million visitors every year. Balancing a historic pedigree with modern-trendy offerings, the city offers something for everyone. Rustic theatres bump elbows with modern nightclubs, and the urban skyline gives way to a serene nature park all in the same zip code. Here are 10 apps I recommend as travel companions while visiting the "Athens of America"...
Getting Around and Accommodations
Left: Transit Tracker Boston - Right: Boston City Guide TripAdvisor
Transit Tracker Boston - iOS
Boston's MBTA transit service covers 89 square mile of the city's historic cityscape. This iOS app is invaluable when traveling using Boston's ferries, streetcars, buses, and subways, offering a comprehensive guide to the MBTA for locals and out of towners alike.
There's no place this service hasn't gone and Boston is no exception. Along with an offline guide to the city (detailing places to eat and visit using GPS tracking), users can browse hotel locations, rates, ratings, and book a room after deciding where best place to drop anchor during their vacation.
Free - Also available for iOS / Windows Phone
City Maps and Shopping Guide
Left: Boston Offline Map & Guide - Right: Boston Travel Guide: Lonely Planet
The Boston Offline Map & Guide app is a digital replacement for the old fashioned map, and is definitely an upgrade for directing tourists to places to eat, informing guests how to get there, which sites to see, and spotlighting additional traveler's points of interest. All this without any unwanted roaming charges that may follow travelers home...or the need to fold/unfold a map!
Free - Equivalent for iOS
Lonely Planet's Boston Travel Guide App offers users both a detailed map view or a real world display using augmented reality of Boston's cobblestone streets. On top of being a shopper's guide, the app offers the usual array of "where to eat", "sites to see", and entertainment options pinpointed using GPS tracking. Tip: the "Best of Boston" list is a great outline for a travel itinerary for the first time visitor.
$4 - Also available for Android
Left: Boston Travel Essentials - Right: Not For Tourists
Boston is home to a myriad of historic architecture connected to America's birth, but it's also surprisingly modern as well. Boston Travel Essentials has details about the cobble stone lined Acorn Street on Beacon Hill, or delectable sweets from bakeries on Fort Point Channel or Newbury Street. BTE possesses over 350 entries with a catalog of 2,100 photos to help visitors sift through the wide array of activities Boston has to offer.
Free - Also available for iOS
Not For Tourists - iOS
The award winning tourist guides makes its way to smartphones at last with their signature wit and convenient knowledge. Not For Tourists is a no-holds barred, brutally honest guide to the best places to go, eat, activities to do from the perspective of a local. Other city editions available include New York, London, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and Seattle, all similarly written in the fun-snarky style.
$2 (Through in-app purchase)
Wine and Dine
Left: Urbanspoon - Right: EveryScape Eat! Boston
Urbanspoon - Multi-platform
While visiting Boston, or just about any city, I've found this app is an invaluable aid for determining whether restaurants and eateries nearby meet my criterias in quality, price range, and cuisine type. Should users feel adventurous, I recommend using the shake to suggest feature; the app will then recommend a random place for dinner.
Free - Available for iOS / Android / Windows Phone
EveryScape Eat! Boston - iOS
Atmosphere can make a great meal truly unforgettable affair, and that's where the EveryScape Eats! Boston restaurant guide really excels. Many of Beantown's finest dining experiences are listed, with details including menu, prices, ratings, and recommendations. What sets it apart from other apps is the massive library of photos of the restaurants themselves, so users can browse through restaurants to choose from inside and out.
Nightlife and Travel Necessities
Left: DressCode - Right: Flight+
DressCode - iOS
Love dressing up for a night on the town? DressCode locates clubs or bars, matching a destination with the desired level of fashionable requirements; users use a 'Filter' option to match their attire with the dress code. Currently works for New York, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Atlanta, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Orlando, and of course, Boston.
Free - Available for Android
Flight+ holds onto pertinent flight details such as flight arrivals, boarding gates, and flight status, handy whether Boston is your final destination or simply a short layover. As well as being a flight tracker with sleek menus and layout, Flight+ has a world clock, alongside weather and airport maps which I've found incredibly handy while navigating Logan International Airport.
(Images: Jason Rodway; as linked above)