6 Free Apps Every Boston Resident or Visitor Should Have

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Apps are a great way to avoid using websites that aren’t mobile-friendly. There also happens to be an app for just about everything, from bus schedules to news to cheap parking spots. These six free apps are a must-have for every Boston visitor or resident, and will make your life so much easier!

NPS Boston

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Photo Courtesy of https://www.nps.gov/bost/planyourvisit/app.htm

This official National Parks Service app will help you explore the cultural and historical sites of Boston. You can check out different sites and events with text, audio, image, and video. There’s also an option to build your own tour or pick a thematic pre-made one. Complete with walking directions, daily events, and customizable font sizes, the NPS Boston App is great for exploring the city.

Transit App

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Looking for an easy way to travel through the city? The Transit App might be your saving grace! You can get upcoming departure times for all nearby transit lines, plan your trips, set reminders, and get notifications about disruptions. It also offers to reserve a car2go or request an Uber if public transportation is too slow.

Boston Herald App or Any Other Boston News App

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Staying up-to-date on the news will be so much easier with any news app. They’re a great way to pass time commuting on the T, or to catch up on the news during your lunch break. The Boston Globe, Boston.com, and a variety of other news sites also have apps available.

Street Food Boston

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Want to get into the food truck scene? Street Food Boston is the perfect app for you! Available in a variety of cities, Street Food shows you food trucks nearby, and which ones are the most popular. Their information is updated daily, providing the latest locations and opening hours.

BestParking

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BestParking gives you all the information you need to get the best deals on parking, from calculated total fees to included comprehensive parking facility attributes. Featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and New York Magazine, BestParking is the ideal app for anyone that drives in the city.

TripAdvisor

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Providing information about hotels, flights, vacation rentals, restaurants, and more, TripAdvisor is great for any traveler or adventurous city dweller. The site and corresponding app provide advice from millions of travelers to ensure that your money is well spent. Having a travel app on your phone may not seem like it’s worth it, but when you’re aimlessly walking around the city in search of a good restaurant, it’ll be worth it.

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