August 22, 2012

Vic Mahfood

Florida State Parks

Developer Quote: "Stunning white-sand beaches, tropical palms, crystal-clear springs, and tours of mansions and fortresses await on your exploration of one of the United States' top state park systems with Florida State Parks. "

- COST:     Free     - APP STORE STARS:     4-1/2
- Categories: Gardens, Lifestyle, Locator, Native, Travel, Universal

All too soon, autumn winds will be blowing to remind you that an icy winter for those up north will be underway. In Florida, we don't get those frigid temps (most of the time), but whether you are a Floridian or not, why not check out the gorgeous state parks in Florida? Take a weekend getaway if your summer vacation is over. The weather is always fine here (okay, let's not discuss pending hurricanes!).

We don't just have beaches in Florida, although that is fine enough for me. We have other types of natural flora and fauna that you and the family will thoroughly enjoy. In this informational app by Sandra Friend, author of 14 guides to hiking and travel showcasing Florida, you will learn all about the many outdoors activities available at over 100 parks in Florida. Locate parks nearby, as well as by specific city, cost, and by categories such as guided tours, historic sites and cabin rentals.

First of all, you'll see a brief Tutorial pointing you to various points within this Florida State Parks iPhone app. Browse About Park Fees, About Park Rules and About Pets. Then scroll down to browse parks in an alphabetical order. The first view on this page of an attraction will tell you the entrance fee, one key activity or theme about that spot, and the distance to get there from your current location.

Once you tap the park and arrive on that page, you can view all sorts of helpful information including a Park Map, Activities, Outfitters, and a description of the park itself. Share your thoughts or questions or favorite a particular park. Tap the Photos button to see a marvelous collection of pics from each park. A map of Florida displays the placement of all parks in the state. Finally, read people's comments on parks they have visited to get their personal opinion and ideas on how to make the most of your visit.

So what's your relaxation fix? Swimming, camping, scuba diving, paddling, backpacking? There's going to be something here for everyone at several of these state parks that will make you want to come back to Florida again and again. If you live in this tropical paradise, use this fact-filled guide to discover all the treasures you've been missing!

COOL CONCLUSION: Enjoy the lush beauty of Florida with a thoroughly detailed guide listing a wealth of information in Florida State Parks.
--Date/Version: Updated 8/21/12 - Version 1.5
--iOS/Age Rating:  This app requires iOS 4.1 or later. Rated 4+.
--Device: Universal: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
--Developer: Sandra Friend

Visit the iTunes App Store for more details, and to download:
Florida State Parks

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