It’s halfway through Spring and time for Summer. And that means you are going to want to use your iPad to explore and learn more about the outdoors which is one of the huge advantages to having one. Here are some of the top apps for the Outdoors.
Top iPad Apps For The Outdoors
Thankfully the colder than average Winter this year is nearly over. It means that it’s time to get outdoors and do some exploring. Whether you are staying close to home this year or planning to go abroad these top iPad outdoor apps are must have’s.
Maplets is an app that delivers you only the best and most comprehensive apps for your travels. It contains over 4000 maps that include national parks, subways, ski resorts, and even includes worldwide locations.
You might think that Google Maps is good enough but the good news is that Maplets actually compliments Google Maps because you can use them both in conjunction with each other. Once you buy the app, all of maps are free for download and can be used offline. some of them have GPS information that is supported, notification of new map updates, and hot links to information such as weather reports and news.
For those that will be going to any national parks or sightseeing this spring/summer you really want to have Maplets along with you.
Audobon Wildflowers ($4.99)
I have a ton of Audobon guides but they all cost me a lot more than $4.99! These amazing guides are indispensable for anyone wanting to explore the outdoors or spend time on vacation identifying elements of nature that is all around us.
This particular guide is great because it includes in-depth information for over 1,600 flowers across the entire US and Canada. The app provides beautiful full color images in HD, detailed maps with the locations of origin of the specific flower, a reference section and very detailed history of each wildflower.
Using the guide, you can identify wildflowers by shape, name, family, and even by size and leaf arrangement. But this app is actually interactive. You can take your own photos which records your sighting using the photo, GPS information, and it records it for future explorations.
These features are things you will not get in the paper guides so click here to read more about it and get your own copy. There are also many more Audobon field guides including ones for trees, birds, and plants.
Landscaper’s Companion ($4.99)
Here is one of the top iPad apps for the outdoors if you are a gardener or will be working on any aspect of your yard this spring/summer/fall. This is an entire reference guide to trees, shrubs, annuals, perennials, and just about every plant you can imagine.
In fact it contains an impressive 5000 plants and over 6000 pictures – so it really is a comprehensive guide. And it’s very easy to use as well. It is organized into over 16 categories of plants where you can search by scientific name, sun exposure, zone and water requirements. Additionally you can can keep full notes on each plant and save specific ones that are of interest to you and your region.
Birds Pro HD ($11.99)
This is one of the top outdoor iPad apps and happens to also be one of the most comprehensive bird identification guides in the entire App Store. Recently updated the app has not only pictures but sounds as well. You can not only identify birds but you can also learn about them, their origin, and their patterns of travel.
There is information on over 230 common European birds as well as 1500 in total and 460 bird calls. The guide also includes the ability to fully identify birds by appearance, size, feathering, geographic range and habitat.
For the younger readers, it also includes some really nice quiz games that help enhance the entire learning experience. This is a must see app for the outdoors.
Star Walk for iPad ($4.99)
Another must have app for the iPad if have not yet seen this one. Recently a winner of several design awards this app is an amazing way to see the sky and the stars in it. Star Walk allows you to point your iPad right at the sky and see what stars, constellations, and satellites you are looking at.
The app allows you to view just about every constellation and planet in full detail with various modes such as night and day mode, search features, time machine, satellite tracking, and the ability to see planets and stars in full perspective.
You have to check this one out for less than $5 – it’s not just a great deal, it’s an entire education.
Camp & RV ($5.99)
Here is a top rated outdoor app that is a must have if you are planning on camping or traveling via RV. Using it, you can find and locate campgrounds, RV Parks, and related services online or offline. It lets you view them on maps or look by specific location.
The really nice thing? It comes with full photos of campground sites and over 18,000 campgrounds including KOA, Private, State and National, National Forest and it even includes Wal Mart locations and Elks Lodge member parking.
If that was not enough, this app includes over 2,900 truck stops, outdoor supply stores, and 2,800 rest areas. This also all works offline and it is a must have companion for anyone traveling whether camping or not!
There are some of the top iPad apps for the outdoors. There are literally hundreds of choices in the App Store but these ones represent a great place to start. What are your favorites?