Balboa Park Now Has an App

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    For all you directionally-challenged people, there’s a new iPhone application to help you navigate around Balboa Park.

    Search Balboa Park on iTunes and you’ll find the free app offering a number of special features.

    Users can look up a specific museum, get hours of operation as well as current exhibits. Using the map feature, you can even find the location on the map in relation to where you’re standing.

    Another nice feature is the ability to search restaurants. If you haven’t packed a picnic lunch and find yourself hungry in the middle of the Hall of Champions, you can search what’s close by and decide where you’d like to eat.

    Balboa Park Online Collaborative (BPOC) created the app in partnership with Spotlight Mobile, a software development firm that has created apps for Barnes & Noble, Style.com, and the Portland Art Museum.

    “The balboapark.org portal is already attracting more than 6,000 visits per month from people using iPhones, iPods, and iPads. We expect that this number will continue to rise,” said Rich Cherry, BPOC’s director. “The app makes it easier for people to not only find what they’re looking for, but also to find related events in the park that they might not have found otherwise.”

    The app is available from Apple’s App Store on iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. It's free for approximately six months with a sponsor's help.