6 Apps for the Summer to Help You Beat the Rerun Blues

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By Amy Anderson

Do you thrive in warmer weather? Summer is a great time to pursue your favorite outdoor activities, just gather your friends and family and enjoy the beauty of the world around you!

These six apps for the summer will maximize your time in the great outdoors with the latest info on nearby events, weather, and more. If you need something to do, just grab your phone and head out the door.

Hiking

AllTrails lets you explore 50,000 hiking and mountain biking trails curated by over 3 million outdoor enthusiasts!

RedHead Granite Peak Waterproof Hikers for Men from Bass Pro ShopsYou’ll get driving directions, and the ability to save favorite trails and a search by difficulty level. This is one of those apps for the summer that will get a lot of use.

Just don’t forget to grab RedHead Granite Peak Waterproof Hiking Boots, walking poles, and technical gear before you leave!

Outdoor Concerts

Summer is prime time for enjoying live music. Bandsintown Concerts helps find when your favorite artists will be around, and allows you to browse upcoming tour dates for any artist. This awesome app can even scan your music library to learn your tastes and figure out which artists to track. Once you find an upcoming show, you can purchase tickets through LiveNation, and share the hottest gigs with your friends.

Stargazing

Stargazing is a fun (and free) family activity. Grab a blanket and this super lightweight CELESTRON Travel Scope 70, and lie out underneath the night sky. SkyView lets you leave the astronomy books at home by turning the average person into an expert. Simply point your phone or tablet at the sky, and you’ll be able to identify stars, constellations, satellites, and more.

Tree Identification

Leafsnap is the perfect app to use during outdoor activities. This electronic field guide has been developed by professional researchers. Take photographs of leaves and let the app use its visual recognition abilities to identify the trees. Use it for a scavenger hunt to see who can identify the most species correctly!

Weather

Trusting weather reports in your city or state can be hit-or-miss; Dark Sky uses state-of-the-art technology to predict weather at your exact location. Anyone can participate in making the hyperlocal forecasts even more accurate by sharing the weather where they’re standing. Davek Traveler Small Umbrella, Blue, from Neiman Marcus

It’s a great idea to spread the word about Dark Sky, but until you get around to everyone, you might want to keep the super-compact Davek Traveler in your bag—just in case.

Wildlife Exploration

Project Noah is one of those apps for the summer that kids are going to love!

Geosafari Jr. Bright Eyes Magnifier by Educational Insights, from WayfairGrab a Geosafari Jr. Bright Eyes magnifying glass and camera, and hit the trail in search of wildlife.

This app allows them to manage their discoveries, go on missions, and earn patches. Download it to turn your little one into an official “citizen scientist.” You’ll have fun with this one, too.

Ready to take advantage of all the outdoor activities the season has to offer? Grab one (or all!) of these cool apps for the summer today!

Enhance your stargazing experience and get up close and personal with the sky using the Travel Scope 70 from CELESTRON. Click here to check it out on Newegg!

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