Touring New Orleans with Mobile Apps
Checking out all the “must see” spots while sightseeing in New Orleans can wear you and your wallet out, but you can save money on New Orleans sightseeing by forgoing some of those expensive group tours and downloading mobile apps instead. Mobile apps allow you to customize your sightseeing based on your interests, go at your own pace, and save money, Whether traveling Domestic, or Taking International Flights. In this ever-growing world of technology, digital savvy travelers are becoming more and more dependent on their mobile devices while traveling. I put together a list of five great mobile apps to help you create the ultimate tour guide for sightseeing in New Orleans.
[Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.]
Skip the tacky tour guide with the loud hat and feather boa, and enjoy the Historic New Orleans Garden District at your own pace. At 1/3 of the price of a guided tour, this experience covers about 23 locations in the Garden District. It is fact-checked with information from multiple sources so that your tour isn't just interesting, but accurate. Special features include an interactive map of all locations, 3 – 6 photos of each location, GPS location services, Open Maps app for directions to a location, and an audio podcast for those who would rather listen instead of read about the different locations. The Historic Garden District Mobile Tour application is perfect for first time New Orleans visitors or long-time New Orleans residents who want to show the city to guests from out of town, or just want to learn more about this historic neighborhood without looking like a tourist.
The Historic New Orleans Collection presents an app with a view into the past. Discover New Orleans's past as the Historic New Orleans App determines your location and shares photos from the 1920s through 1950s taken in the same spot.
All photos are from The Charles L. Franck Studio Collection at The Historic New Orleans Collection’s online catalogue. You can look at over 350 historic photos, share photos via social media, and use the augmented reality Guide Me! Function as a tour guide.
The City Guide New Orleans Guidepal app gives you quick facts about New Orleans, highlights “must-see” attractions, and has local recommendations on places you should visit such as restaurants and bars. This Smartphone guide was created from collaboration between local authorities and travel journalists. Special features include: sharing functions, travel itinerary, augmented reality, and 100% offline – including maps.
NOLA Guide French Quarter Tour is the app that pays for itself. Never worry again about missing something a live tour guide said, or about keeping up with the group pace. Never again pay full price (plus a tip) for a “one and done” guide. This app is a fraction of the price of a live tour, allows you to walk at your own pace (and take breaks as you like), and includes 43 audio tour stops (over 3 hrs!) of the French Quarter.
*WARNING* If you are attempting to use this app during peak times (Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest, French Quarter Fest, Southern Decadence, etc), the tour files may take longer to download due to heavy mobile phone usage in the French Quarter.
Official Paranormal Guide to New Orleans App - $6.99
[Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later]
The Official Paranormal Guide to New Orleans app enables ghost hunters and haunted history enthusiasts to explore paranormal sightings and investigations around the city. It includes accurate historical facts, interactive maps, videos, and detailed information about 60 haunted sites (including now-famous properties to private residences). Special features include: over 200 photos of rare interior and historical photographs; validated haunting in the French Quarter, Garden District, CBD, Uptown, Faubourg Marigny, and Plantation Country; bonus videos on Facebook @Facebook.com/ParanormalGuide.
Can you recommend any additional mobile apps for sightseeing in New Orleans? Share them with us in the comments section!
About the Author:
Lyndsey Rabon is a freelance writer for the Prepaid Reviews site, a site that provides information about Prepaid Phones coupled with over 17,000 consumer reviews of 30+ service providers such as Straight Talk. She is a technology enthusiast with a special interest in mobile apps.