Friday, December 14, 2012

Oh Ranger Park Finder app

Some people ask how we find parks for outdoor play.  If you're in Milwaukee, and you have access to the Milwaukee parks website, it's a good starting point.  If you are out and want to know what's near you, I like an app I downloaded to my iphone called Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder.  Someone already did the hard work of plotting these parks and offering descriptions of what seems to be every park known to mankind in the USA.  You can select federal & state parks in one area of the app and use the phone's GPS to give you detailed directions to it, or you can select the "find local parks".  We've used both of these when we're out traveling and it's been an extreme help when you're looking for a place to burn off a little extra energy.  It finds so many neighborhood parks that you won't find in guide books.

If you have a certain activity in mind- let's say you want to take your doggy for a run- there's a section called "select things to do" with icons you can tap and then it will select only locations near you that allow that activity.

If you've heard about a specific park and know the name, you can also go directly to that park on the app and it offers a description.

The best part about this app is that it's FREE!  Check it out for awhile and let me know what you think!
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