15 Great Apps for Exploring Ports

by Kristen O'Neal

15 Great Apps for Exploring Ports

by Kristen O'Neal

When you're cruising, you want to enjoy every moment you have onshore. So instead of wasting time trying to find a place to eat or something to do, you can use these 15 great apps and websites to do the legwork for you.

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Tripomatic builds itineraries
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Tripomatic

This itinerary-building app is perfect for travelers who don't like to leave anything to chance. Using suggestions, you can build a complete itinerary with hotels, sights, and daily guides.

Available On: Android, iOS, Web

This itinerary-building app is perfect for travelers who don't like to leave anything to chance. Using suggestions, you can build a complete itinerary with hotels, sights, and daily guides.

Available On: Android, iOS, Web

Ghost Town
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Atlas Obscura

This site is perfect for visitors with uncommon interests, focusing on the weird, wacky, and rarely seen. From ghost towns to medical museums, users can easily find unusual places nearby.

Available On: iOS Field Trip app, Web

This site is perfect for visitors with uncommon interests, focusing on the weird, wacky, and rarely seen. From ghost towns to medical museums, users can easily find unusual places nearby.

Available On: iOS Field Trip app, Web

Plan a drive
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Roadtrippers

If you're going on an excursion in the U.S., Roadtrippers can help you find interesting stops along the way, from attractions and restaurants to lodging and natural wonders.

Available On: Android, iOS, Web

If you're going on an excursion in the U.S., Roadtrippers can help you find interesting stops along the way, from attractions and restaurants to lodging and natural wonders.

Available On: Android, iOS, Web

San Francisco
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Detour

Users rave about Detour's local, one-of-a-kind guided audio tours that immerse you in a city while syncing audio to your friends' phones. Based in San Francisco, Detour is rolling out new cities regularly.

Available On: iOS

Users rave about Detour's local, one-of-a-kind guided audio tours that immerse you in a city while syncing audio to your friends' phones. Based in San Francisco, Detour is rolling out new cities regularly.

Available On: iOS

Rome
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Mystery Trip

If you're the kind of traveler who likes to be surprised, Mystery Trip turns exploring into an actual scavenger hunt. It isn't the fastest way to get somewhere, but it's a lot more fun.

Available On: iOS

If you're the kind of traveler who likes to be surprised, Mystery Trip turns exploring into an actual scavenger hunt. It isn't the fastest way to get somewhere, but it's a lot more fun.

Available On: iOS

Get a home-cooked meal
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EatWith

EatWith turns dinner into a memorable personal experience; you eat local dishes in a chef's home, where you can share a meal with fellow travelers and other locals.

Available On: iOS, Web

EatWith turns dinner into a memorable personal experience; you eat local dishes in a chef's home, where you can share a meal with fellow travelers and other locals.

Available On: iOS, Web

Soup Dumplings
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LocalEats

This app is for every traveler who's sick of eating at McDonald's, as it directs you to the best independent eateries in the world's biggest cities.

Available On: Android, iOS, Web

This app is for every traveler who's sick of eating at McDonald's, as it directs you to the best independent eateries in the world's biggest cities.

Available On: Android, iOS, Web

Explore with new friends
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FoxTrotter

More a social network than anything else, FoxTrotter is a boon for the friendliest travelers; it links them to locals and visitors in their surrounding area.

Available On: Android, iOS

More a social network than anything else, FoxTrotter is a boon for the friendliest travelers; it links them to locals and visitors in their surrounding area.

Available On: Android, iOS

Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City
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Museum Hack

Originally based in New York City and now in San Francisco, Museum Hack lets you book interactive, team-building and fun-filled tours that will win over even the most reluctant museum-goer.

Available On: Web

Originally based in New York City and now in San Francisco, Museum Hack lets you book interactive, team-building and fun-filled tours that will win over even the most reluctant museum-goer.

Available On: Web

Piazza San Marco, Venice
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Historypin

This culture-mapping project brings a personal approach to history, allowing users to pin old photos and community narratives to specific geographic locations. You can see what an area looked like years ago while standing in that spot.

Available On: Web; iOS and Android under development

This culture-mapping project brings a personal approach to history, allowing users to pin old photos and community narratives to specific geographic locations. You can see what an area looked like years ago while standing in that spot.

Available On: Web; iOS and Android under development

Get advice from other travelers
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Findery

Think of it as a digital scrapbook that allows you to explore notes others have left in certain areas; these notes range from informative reviews and trivia to fiction and funny anecdotes.

Available On: Android, iOS, Web, Windows

Think of it as a digital scrapbook that allows you to explore notes others have left in certain areas; these notes range from informative reviews and trivia to fiction and funny anecdotes.

Available On: Android, iOS, Web, Windows

Boston's Public Garden
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History Here

This app is perfect for American history buffs. (It partners with the History Channel.) Explore any area using your location, and focus on specific points of interest, or embark on an expert-led guided tour.

Available On: Android, iOS

This app is perfect for American history buffs. (It partners with the History Channel.) Explore any area using your location, and focus on specific points of interest, or embark on an expert-led guided tour.

Available On: Android, iOS

Book tickets
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Musement

Take care of all your bookings in one place, from museum tickets to excursions and performances.

Available On: Android, iOS, Web

Take care of all your bookings in one place, from museum tickets to excursions and performances.

Available On: Android, iOS, Web

Trevi Fountain, Rome
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Cities Talking

This great guided-tour app offers walking tours of many European cities (and a few in the U.S.), focusing on lesser-known facts.

Available On: Android, iOS

This great guided-tour app offers walking tours of many European cities (and a few in the U.S.), focusing on lesser-known facts.

Available On: Android, iOS

Find a local guide
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Trip4real

This platform lets users schedule interesting tours and classes — all led by experienced locals — so you can get an insider's perspective.

Available On: Web

This platform lets users schedule interesting tours and classes — all led by experienced locals — so you can get an insider's perspective.

Available On: Web

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