9 Best Apps for San Diego

May 28, 2018 · 7 min read

Your smartphone is probably already your calendar, your work hub, and your personal assistant — so why not let it be your travel guide, too?

Whether you’re new to the city or just on vacation, there are a handful of apps that can make your days in San Diego a bit easier to navigate. Here are our picks.

1.) San Diego Travel by TripBucket

TripBucket brings you an interactive guide to San Diego and all the city has to offer. The app includes a broad range of activities, such as visiting the world-famous San Diego Zoo, touring the Gaslamp District, going whale watching, or just where to eat fish tacos like a local.

It’s a fun and easy way to plan, accomplish and share those “must-do” experiences while you are in America’s Finest City.

What it costs you: Free.
Where to get it: This link for the iOS App Store.

2.) Balboa Park Official App

Balboa Park is an amazing place-- and it’s certainly one of the few attractions that you have to see no matter how much time you’re spending in San Diego. It’s the largest urban cultural park in the country. It’s home to 15 major museums; a slew of performing arts venues; no shortage of beautiful gardens; and, of course, the San Diego Zoo.

The Balboa Park app is your complete guide to everything the beautiful and timeless Park has to offer. From deals and nearby restaurants to a schedule of the ever-changing exhibitions, plays, concerts, classes and other events, you’ll want this handy app in your pocket when you visit.

What it costs you: Free.
Where to get it: This link for iOS, this one for Android.

3.) Little Italy San Diego

Little Italy is a hip and bustling community just a stone’s throw away from San Diego International. With so many places to eat, drink and explore, it can be a lot to take in. That’s why the Little Italy app is a must-have companion for visiting this historic neighborhood.

It’s packed with a series of self-guided tours around the neighborhood that can be taken at your own leisure. No matter what your end goal is, this app will reveal everything from the latest events to the area’s rich history that dates all the way back to the 1800s.

What it costs you: Free in the App Store

4.) 99Brews San Diego

99Brews and TripBucket bring you an interactive guide to San Diego Breweries and Beer Pubs. The app is a fun and easy way to Plan, Do and Share those “Must-Do” beer experiences in San Diego.

- Each brewery and beer pub has descriptions, map, relevant articles, Tips and Things to Do
- Search for breweries and pubs or find them by categories
- See map of the entire city and where they are located
- See tour packages available

What it costs you: Free

5.) San Diego Travel Guide Offline

This tourist guide is built to be used offline. No connection to Internet required, meaning no extra charges in your phone bill.

Augmented reality, unlike other tourist guides you will be able to discover the city with the best iPhone and iPad tool — AR — Just click on the AR button, turn yourself 360° and view on the screen where the best spots are and how to find them. You can also scroll up and down to view the closest and furthest attraction. Slide through the tutorial for more tips.

What it costs you: $2.99 in the App Store

6.) SD Beer App

Known as the ‘Capital of Craft,’ San Diego is home to more than 130 independent craft breweries. Whether you’re a seasoned local or tourist chasing the sunshine, the SD Beer app is your pocket guide for navigating all things that San Diego’s craft breweries, tasting rooms, bars and restaurants have to offer. Download and uncover a flavorful SD Beer experience.

Navigate the easy-to-use interactive map and find breweries near you. View an updated list of events from more than 130 of San Diego’s craft breweries, featuring beer releases, craft beer trivia, live music events and more.

Learn about the San Diego Brewers Guild (SDBG) and its annual craft beer festivals. See profiles of all SDBG brewery members and allied retail members.

What it costs you: Free in the App Store

7.) BestParking: Get Parking Deals

BestParking helps you find and book parking at the best price. Whether you’re looking for discount parking near your office downtown or want to find the best airport parking before your trip, you can reserve a convenient space with the BestParking app.

How BestParking Works
• Search for a parking spot where and when you need it. Enter your destination by address, landmark name or neighborhood to see available spaces nearby.
• Compare prices up-front at thousands of garages and lots. Pick the best option for you and save money.

• Reserve a spot at select garages and lots with a few quick taps and pay with your smartphone. Browse thousands more parking facilities for pricing and amenity info.
• Get turn-by-turn driving directions to your space. BestParking links directly to your favorite navigation app.
• After reserving a space, enter your garage or lot easily with your digital parking pass and park your car in seconds.

What it costs you: Free in the App Story

8.) LEGOLAND California — Official

The app you’re about to download be every Pirate’s treasure trove when it comes to adventures at LEGOLAND California Resort. You’ll be able to:
Take a peek at wait times before you get stuck in lines.Navigate by using the app at the Park. You can even get instructions by using the interactive map.

Spy on all the restaurants, shows n’ attractions while you’re visiting or even to help you plan before you sail your ship to the Resort.Get access to insider tips that only be available to our most adventurous sailors. Best of all, an ancient sea legend foretold that this update would give you access to amazing discounts and insider tips.

What it costs you: Free in the App Store

9.) SeaWorld Discovery Guide

The SeaWorld App is the must have companion for your entire SeaWorld experience — whether just planning or while enjoying our destinations — put the park in your pocket today.

· See park open hours and show times at a glance
· Conveniently purchase and access your park tickets/passes

What it costs you: Free in the App Store


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