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New Smartphone App Helps Visitors Navigate Balboa Park

The "Things to Do" screen from the new Balboa Park smartphone app, Aug. 14, 2015.
The "Things to Do" screen from the new Balboa Park smartphone app, Aug. 14, 2015.

New Smartphone App Helps Visitors Navigate Balboa Park
There's a new smartphone app to help San Diegans and visitors navigate Balboa Park. It even helps you find your car!

Want to know where the best trail is in Balboa Park? How about the San Diego Air and Space Museum? Or the closest restroom?

A new smartphone app uses GPS technology to help San Diegans and visitors navigate the 1,200 acres that make up Balboa Park.

The "Balboa Park App" was developed by Guru, a local tech company, in partnership with the Balboa Park Online Collaborative.

"We list out everything from the museums to food to the activities so people can really have a wonderful day there and get to see everything they want," said Hilary Srole, a Guru co-founder.

The Balboa Park app screen allowing users to choose the "Find My Car" option, Aug. 14, 2015.
The Balboa Park app screen allowing users to choose the "Find My Car" option, Aug. 14, 2015.

Srole said Balboa Park can be so overwhelming that people often park their cars and wander into the first museum they see. The app has features that allow patrons to plan an itinerary.

It also includes hiking trails, gardens, dog parks and picnic spots. There’s a bucket list for things to do in the future and a way to leave strategies and tips for others.

It also helps you find your car.

"You can get out of your car, click the 'Find My Car' option and it will save where you are in Balboa Park," Srole said. "You can walk to wherever you want to go for hours and when you’re ready to leave, click 'Find My Car' again and it will guide you back to the correct parking lot."

Roughly 6,000 people have downloaded the free app, which is available on iTunes or Google Play.