6 Must-Have Apps for Exploring Florida

By Kimberlee Moore | Authentic Florida

Whether you call Florida home or are visiting the Sunshine State, there are plenty of Florida apps that can help you explore, find new hidden gems, and so much more!

1. Florida Stories by Florida Humanities Council

Price: Free

More Information: Florida Stories’ walking tours allow you to delve behind the scenes of your favorite Florida towns to learn more about their history, culture, and architecture. You can discover the uniqueness of Florida at your own pace and on your own schedule. Each walking tour is GPS enabled and includes audio narration and photos providing you with engaging content at each tour stop.

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Android app link

2. Fish | Hunt FL by Florida Fish & Wildlife

Price: Free

More Information: This app helps both anglers and hunters during their outdoor fishing and hunting activities in Florida. Visitors can purchase their fishing or hunting licenses, access regulations, pull up a copy of the user’s current licenses, determine sunrise and sunset time based on GPS location, access NOAA seas and weather information, and more!

Apple app link

Android app link

3. Florida Storms

Price: Free

More Information: Florida Storms is not just another weather app with a radar. It’s a clean and fast interactive map that alerts you to every storm, while at the same time delivering credible real-­time audio and text alerts from the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network. The app includes a live radio stream of the nearest Florida Public Radio Emergency Network partner station, with the option to choose from 12 others in the state in case of evacuation or traveling, push notifications from multiple sources, including the National Weather Service, the National Hurricane Center, Baron’s exclusive Doppler radar, and local emergency management personnel, and the ability to set up alerts for other locations, such as your second home, vacation or evacuation destination.

Apple app link

Android app link

4. Florida Trail Association

Price: Free

More Information: The Florida Trail Association (FTA) develops, maintains, protects, and promotes a network of hiking trails throughout the state. In the app, you can explore the Florida National Scenic Trail interactive map, get up-to-date trail notices and closures information, get news and volunteer event opportunities, and download the trail and base map data to use the app while offline.

Apple app link

Android app link

5. Space Launch Now

Price: Free

More Information: With this app, you can get updates and notifications for rocket launches from SpaceX, NASA, ULA, ROSCOSMOS, ISRO, and many more! If you’re a Space Nut and want to learn more, discover the history of space flight back to the first manned space flight, vehicle details on commonly used launch vehicles, launch tracking, and more!

Apple app link

Android app link

6. Visit Florida

Price: Free

More Information: The Visit Florida app is designed to help you plan your perfect vacation, trip, or weekend getaway in Florida! With the app, you can discover activities and attractions that match your interests, view upcoming events & beaches near you, add events and places to your custom trip, and share events, places, and your itinerary with friends and family.

Apple app link

Android app link

Note: If you’re visiting a specific area of Florida, make sure to check their official tourism agencies as well to see if they have an app to make your travels easier!

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