MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - With the summer upon us, it's time to have fun! Here are 11 FREE mobile apps to help you make the most of the season while you're in the 'Heart of Dixie'.
Pocket Ranger: The Official Alabama State Parks Guide
Explore Alabama State Parks by location, name or activity and find the perfect adventure for you, family and friends. Stay up to date with the latest news and events happening in parks across the state. Even find information about planning meals, meetings and weddings, all in one place.
Open the app, select a county, and instantly find a variety of historical sites to visit. View a built-in map or choose from a list of locations, complete with contact info, an address, hours and visiting fees, if there are any. Many of the locations listed are free! As you travel to different locations, collect the in-app stamps to preserve your visit.
Alabama BBQ Trail
Browse barbecue joints across the state, see reviews and leave your own comments. Each location is listed with a description and pictures of the building and food. Sort restaurants by location, rating, name or city and even get alerts if you are near one of the countless eateries.
100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die
If you're not in the mood for barbecue, find another Alabama favorite to try. From meats to treats, this app shows local favorites in almost any Alabama city. Find photos and reviews of the dish before you order it and bookmark them for later. You'll never be short of a new dish to try before you die.
Also available in the Google Play Store.
Alabama Road Trips
For those wanting to find new places to visit, look no further; find activities near or far in Alabama Road Trips. Find activities across Alabama by simply picking a city or activity. Find yourself instantly presented with options to see, do, eat or stay, no matter age or interest.
Pocket Ranger: The Official Outdoor Alabama Game and Fish Guide
A must-have for the outdoorsman, this app allows instant access to GPS maps of hunting and fishing locations. View rules and regulations, season information, catch limits and more, all within the same app. With an account, you can even purchase hunting and fishing licenses.
Alabama Civil Rights Trail
Learn more about the Alabama Civil Rights Movement through locations, media coverage and significant figures. See and hear speeches and news clips of history and find new places to visit. With this app, you can bring to life the rich history of the fight for civil rights in Alabama.
With a couple taps, narrow down the thousands of possible plants to identify in Alabama. Pick the color, leaf arrangement and habitat to see the plants you may have found. After narrowing the list, see pictures of possible species to compare to the ones you see. Read more about each flower and even view a map to see where else they can be found.
Central Alabama Weekend
For those looking for a weekend adventure in Central Alabama, WSFA 12 News' own app can help you plan places to eat and go, and can save you money. Browse activities and restaurants along with special deals guaranteed to keep your weekend hopping. For apps covering more areas, continue reading.
Magic City Weekend
For weekend adventure planning in the Birmingham area, download Magic City Weekend.
Tennessee Valley Weekend
For weekend adventure planning in the Huntsville area, download the Tennessee Valley Weekend.