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Guidebook Companion Driving App for the Gettysburg Battlefield

“The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here, but can never forget what they did here” -Abraham Lincoln

July 1, 2, and 3rd of 1863 are remembered by so many for the epic and most important battle fought on American soil, the battle of Gettysburg.  You can now experience and explore the battlefield at your own pace from your car or home.  Gettysburg Tours wanted to transform the typical history lesson into an immersive and self guided auto tour with action videos, stunning photos, GPS-triggered audio, and interactive maps. They accomplished all this using the Tour Buddy App Builder Platform.  The Gettysburg Tour Guide App offers a flexible and easy fun family experience for all ages.  Visitors can download the free app on App Store and Google Play and preview the app’s content and then download the FULL version for $14.99 as an in-app purchase.

 

Experience Gettysburg Tour Guide Package

The Gettysburg Tour Guide App is accompanied by the Experience Gettysburg Guidebook written by Nicholas Wiley and Joseph E. Mieczkowski (Licensed Battlefield Guide).  The guidebook is available for purchase at gettysburgtours.com for $29.99 with a free download code for the app.  This package empowers you to imagine the battle unfolding right in front of you.

 

About the App

The 16 stops and 31 driving tracks are all GPS activated and hands free so you can keep your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road and sights to see.  These stops and tracks are packed with information containing leaders and soldiers in the battle, monuments and markers that honor them, artillery and weapons used, facts and figures, and a YouTube link depicting battle reenactment.   The Gettysburg Tours team also wanted to include local art in their app. Users will see beautiful dramatic paintings by Dale Gallon, a world renowned local artist whose art tells a history lesson in themselves.

See more driving tour apps and contact Tour Buddy Apps to learn how you can build a better visitor experience.

Hotel and Resort App with Push Notifications

The Westin Hilton Head Resort and Spa on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina invites its guests to escape and relax at its beautiful resort located right on the beach.  The App Builder platform offered an easy and flexible solution for the Westin to build and launch its app to start enhancing guests experience in no time. The new Westin Hilton Head App on the App Store and Google Play enhances every guest’s experience.

The App

With so many ways to unwind, the Westin Hilton Head wanted to provide an app that gives guests all of the options right at their fingertips with a GPS enabled map, images, videos and links.   This lush tropical beachfront resort has 3 pools, a Westin Heavenly Spa, a Westin Kids Club and five onsite restaurants all of which are featured in the app.  For guests who want to re-energize at the spa, they can click on a link in the app to see the spa menu, hours and book an appointment.  The app also features a custom map of the property that shows the different areas of the hotel grounds.  Guests can also stay in touch with the Westin Hilton Head by going to the Facebook, Twiter or Instagram accounts that are featured in the app.

For guests who want to explore, the “low-country” of South Carolina has so much to offer.  Guests can see all the recommended activities in the area with clickable pins on the GPS enabled map to get directions to each point of interest.  Between Old Town Bluffton, South Carolina, the beach and biking path and Golf & Tennis guests will find whatever they are looking for in a vacation day trip.

Guests can also stay connected to all the events and promotions going on at the hotel through push notifications.  The Westin’s geo-fence enabled push notifications are sent in real time to guests who are on the property.  Download the Westin Hilton Head interactive app and see the renewal and adventure that awaits.

Meridian Historic Walking Tour App

Historic Walking Tour of Downtown

The city of Meridian, Idaho wanted to showcase their long and rich history with a walking tour. The city wanted to share local stories and inform their community and visitors about the cultural gems that lie around town. Informational videos, starring a Meridian historian, provide further details as the tour progresses. The app features numerous sites that hold untold treasures!

 

Building the App

Evarts with the Meridian Historical Preservation Commission worked with local high schooler Nic Herman to develop a digital walking tour with an app called TourBuddy.

So far, there are 22 destination stops in downtown Meridian that will be programmed into the app, Evarts said. The app will use the GPS on your phone or device to let you know how close you are to a destination.

Each stop will have its own profile on the app featuring things like historical background, current information, videos and pictures from the past and present.

The city of Meridian already has a historic walking tour. In fact, every Meridian third-grader takes this tour during the school year. The teachers and students carry books around during the tour with information about the historic sites.

The new app will give teachers, students and other visitors a pool of information and interactive materials, all gathered in one place.

“We’re pretty excited about it,” Evarts said. “It’s kind of a neat way to jump into the digital age with an easy-to-use platform.”

>>Read the full article about how Meridian’s Walking Tour app is helping to teach 3rd graders about History.   Read more

 

The App

The app guides users around the town of Meridian by using GPS markers. Highlights of the tour combine historical buildings with unique stories from local historian, Lila Hill.  Josh Evarts, who worked closely with the Meridian Historical Preservation Commission to create the app describes the App Builder as, “a neat way to jump into the digital age with an easy-to-use platform.”  The Meridian Press has written an article about how the app was created and launched.

The walking tour serves to educate users on significant locations while informing them of past stories that are often overlooked. Although the historic walking tour can be enjoyed by anyone, local Meridian grade-school students will be included in the fun as the city helps supplement students’ education of the area using the tour as an active learning experience. Understanding the intricacies that make this town special will foster respect and pride in the younger generations. This is also true for anyone who partakes in the tour!

Can you spot the art deco roof line on the old high school? Or, do you know what year Meridian celebrated its centennial? 

Learn more about Meridian’s Historic Walking Tour available on the App Store and Google Play.

 

Children’s Book Festival App

Live Oak Public Library and the City of Savannah wanted to offer attendees to the Savannah Children’s Book Festival an interactive experience.  The library and city saw how beneficial an app would be to the event, and they created the Savannah Children’s Book Festival App using the App Builder Website.  The app gives users the opportunity to see the schedule, learn about featured authors and preview books written by authors through links to the Live Oak Public Library website.  Learn more about the Savannah Children’s Book Festival App available on the App Store and Google Play


The App

While many festivals and events print out schedules and information on speakers, the Savannah Children’s Book Festival App allows users to experience the festival and browse all it has to offer through an app.  The app includes a full schedule, a book signing schedule and information on featured and local authors.  The event is taking place in the scenic Forsyth Park, and the app includes a custom map of the event with markers on the map that shows users where the various events are happening and where to locate food vendors.  The Savannah Children’s Book Festival wanted to upgrade the experience of their attendees and their app adds an easy and interactive way to get all the information that they need!

 

Tour of Campus Landmarks

The University of Queensland St. Lucia Campus in Brisbane, Australia has unique and symbolic carvings etched throughout their campus’ buildings.  While the Saint Lucia Campus already has an app tour of their campus, UQ Walking Tours, they wanted to show the beauty and importance of these carvings in a walking tour app to share with their community and the world.  The UQ Carvings App was created using the App Builder Website and depicts more than 1,000 carvings located throughout the scenic campus.


The App

The UQ Carvings App for iOS and Android gives users an inttimate look into the beautiful carvings featured throughout The Great Court area of the University.  The Great Court was designed to be a modern take on the European quadrangles of monasteries and universities. This video describes the significance of the Great Court Carvings:

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The UQ Carvings App tour is organized by building and shows the various areas with carvings along with a caption.  Users can get walking directions to each building and encounter the rich carvings first hand.  Now visitors can not only see each carving in the UQ Carvings App, but they can locate them on campus and better understand the significance of each carving.  Download the UQ Carvings to experience this beautiful space.

 

hospital app tour

Hospital App Tour with Video

Dayton Children’s Hospital in Dayton, Ohio wanted to showcase additions to their facility.   They created a hospital app tour with video that gives visitors a virtual tour of their state of the art facility.  The hospital used the App Builder Website to create their tour with branding, images, audio and video for the App Store and Google Play.  


The Hospital App Tour

The Dayton Children’s Hospital App shows how beautiful, inviting and warm a children’s hospital can be.  After viewing the app, users see how the facility has been growing.  The  app gives a VIP tour of all the different areas of the hospital that are helping to reach every child who visits.    However, the hospital doesn’t just include a registration desk, rehabilitation area and pharmacy, but it also shows a fun photo booth, a lighted staircase, and a ball maze!

 

Now, users can see and hear how Dayton Children’s Hospital works for children and families.  Users can even check-in at Urgent Care through a link in the app.  The Dayton Children’s Hospital App provides a comprehensive tour of the hospital.  The app invites users to connect with the hospital to discover why Dayton Children’s Hospital is just right for your child.

 

Want to learn more about how the App Builder works?  Watch this video.

 

Big Cat Sanctuary Spanish Language App

Big Cat Sanctuary, Tampa, Florida

Big Cat Rescue, a sanctuary for big cats, wanted to communicate their mission of rescuing abused and abandoned big cats through a virtual tour app, not only in English, but also in Spanish so that they could reach even more hearts and minds.  Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue created the Big Cat Rescue App as well as the Spanish version, Grandes Felinos al Rescate using the App Builder Website.  Read about how this non-profit organization is spreading the word and awareness about its important mission through their app.


 

Interview with Big Cat Rescue

We caught up with Big Cat Rescue’s #1 cat lover and CEO Carole Baskin about her experience using our tourApp Builder Platform.  The app offers a tour of the Big Cat Rescue Sanctuary complete with photos and audio for over 100 Cats along with a GPS based and Campus map.  The app is updated as new cats are brought in to the sanctuary.  The app is available for iPhone and Android.

Tour Buddy: What made you decide to build an app for your organization?

Baskin: We had an app designed for us by a donor, but we didn’t have the ability to keep it current and didn’t want to keep asking him to update it, so the Tour Buddy app was a great way to get what we wanted, without bothering anyone else.

Tour Buddy: How long did it take to create the content and create the app using the Tour Buddy app builder website?

Baskin: It took me two days to build our tour, and that included 105 exotic cats (or stops, as would be the lingo on most tours). There was a photo of each cat, a written bio and an audio bio recording for each cat. We also plotted each cat out on a map in the app. I think it could have been done in a day, if I had all of the files ready ahead of time.

Tour Buddy: What is some of the feedback you have received from the app users?

Baskin: Big Cat Rescue app users love being able to see the cats and hear their stories. It is also a great training tool for our tour guides to learn the cats’ stories and facts about all of the cats at the sanctuary.

Tour Buddy: What is the best part about your app?

Baskin: My favorite thing about Tour Buddy is the ability to update it any time and that it is available in both the App Store and the Google Play Store.

Tour Buddy: What did you like about working with Tour Buddy to create your app?

Baskin: The interface was so user friendly that I didn’t need to schedule training and that means a lot to me since time is what I have the least of.

Tour Buddy: What advice would you give to other organizations that are looking to create an app?

Baskin: The Tour Buddy app is IT. No one knows your site like you do, so take the time to put it all in an app and you will benefit from the effort.

Tour Buddy: How often do you make updates to the app content?

Baskin: We update the content less than once a month and expect that we will maintain this same schedule.

Tour Buddy: What impact has your app had on your organization?

Baskin: The Tour Buddy app has enabled me to make sure that every tour guide gets the exact, “purrfect” story on each cat. In the past, our tour guides trained tour guides and, like the old game of telephone, the message gets changed the more it is handed down. We use a written guide, but people still repeat what they hear more than what they read. By having our audio stories all contained in the Big Cat Rescue app, every guide is hearing the accurate and relevant stories of the 105 exotic cats at the sanctuary.

More Big Cat Rescue Information

Find Big Cat Rescue on YouTube at BigCatTV.com (More than 63,000,000 views) or on

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/BigCatRescue (More than 95,000 Big Cat Rescue fans).


Tour Buddy helps its clients reach new audiences.  Create an app, update it on the fly, and build your own tour in less than a week (Baskin finished theirs in TWO DAYS!).  If you are interested in creating your own mobile app, or you have a question about our tour app builder, please feel free to sign up for your 14 day free trial! You can also check out our FAQ page for more information.

 

Cemetery Tour, Grant County, Indiana

The Estates of Serenity App explores the historic Estates of Serenity in Grant County, Indiana with this GPS enabled audio tour.  Buried in this picturesque cemetery are the adventurous vagabonds, war heroes and mighty industrialists that built Marion, Indiana. Users can view a map of the Estates of Serenity, find grave sites through GPS, and listen to professional audio recordings about historic figures buried in the cemetery. This self-guided app gives visitors and interested users the opportunity to see, hear and experience the Estates of Serenity at their own pace.

Shields Ethridge Heritage Farm, North Georgia

The Shields Ethridge Heritage Farm App allows users to explore the Shields-Ethridge Heritage Farm at their own pace on site or as a virtual tour on their device.    The farm is an outdoor agricultural museum that functions as an educational and interpretive center in northeast Georgia. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and it is unique for its collection of over 20 intact historic buildings in their original location.

The tour experience shares some of the rich farming history of Northeast Georgia and users can choose their own route or follow the recommended tour route that leads them through the farm core and to nearby farm buildings.

The mission of the Shields-Ethridge Heritage Farm is to provide and operate an educational and interpretive outdoor museum that uses historic preservation and the natural environment to increase an awareness and understanding of Georgia’s agricultural history.

 

Historic Public Garden, Melbourne, Australia

The Burnley Gardens App gives a tour of one of the oldest public gardens in Melbourne, Australia. This self-guided tour takes users through 22 stops with audio that discusses specific garden beds, historical events, rare plants and our iconic trees as well as the modern elements of green infrastructure on campus. The walk will inform you about the gardens history, the design principles and current uses.  Each stop is GPS enabled, a map of the tour is provided and the stops are clearly marked in the Gardens.

Campus Tour, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The app is a tour of the campus of City of Asylum, a Pittsburgh, PA.  The City of Asylum nonprofit provides sanctuary to endangered writers and serves the community with literary and arts-based programs. The City of Asylum App is a five-chapter audio tour includes commentary by Salman Rushdie, Wole Soyinka, Thaddeus Mosley, Oliver Lake, and City of Asylum co-founders Henry Reese and Diane Samuels.

Campus App Tour, Melbourne, Australia

The Billibellarys Walk App is a campus app tour created by the University of Melbourne as a self-guided narrative, from an Aboriginal perspective in order to educate the University’s community about the rich history on its grounds.  The app was created using the App Builder Website and makes all of Wurundjeri people’s rich history easily accessible and serves as a tour guide, lecture and story all in one place.  


 

Take a walk through Billibellary’s Country using Billibellary’s Walk App for your iPhone or iPad. This campus app tour allows users to experience Melbourne’s six seasons as they are subtly reconstructed as the context for understanding place and belonging for the Wurundjeri people. This app exposes users to the cultural interpretation of the land that the Wurundjeri people have inhabited for 40,000 years. Lying within the University of Melbourne’s built environment are the whispers and songs of the Wurundjeri people and their protection of important resources crucial to everyday life. This GPS enabled tour will help users feel, know and imagine the rich history of the Wurundjeri people and the land that they are so closely tied to.

 

 

Museum Guide, Sarasota, Florida

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art tour guide offers five unique experiences, one amazing destination. Only on Sarasota Bay can you find an international art collection, the world’s largest circus miniature, a jewel-box Italian theater, historic banyans and thousands of roses surrounding the Venetian-Gothic mansion of a circus king.  Visitors can take a self guided tour with audio, images and a custom map of the museum and explore all five unique experiences at their own pace.

Campus Tour, Brisbane, Australia

The UQ App gives users a tour of the St. Lucia Campus at University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.  The University knows how important it is for potential and new students to find their way around campus as well and communicating the values, history and story behind the beautiful sandstone campus of St. Lucia.  The UQ App fills this need by offering a self guided tour of the campus with audio, images and specific walking directions around the campus to actual visitors to the campus as well as interested students and parents who want to check on the campus virtually on their smartphone or tablet.

The University of Queensland St. Lucia Campus also created a campus tour of their unique carvings throughout the campus.  Read more about the UQ Carvings app.  

Heritage Farm Tour, North Georgia

The Byron Herbert Reece Farm and Heritage Center gives visitors an inside look at how nature and farming inspired a North Georgia mountain man to write great poetry and novels.  With the self-guided app, visitors can roam the farm while listening to the history about the Reece Family, Native American and Early Settler history and info on local towns.  Instead of relying solely on docents or tour guides to take visitors around, the Farm and Heritage Center uses the app to not only let visitors explore at their own pace but also as a virtual tour for potential visitors who want to learn more about this dynamic poet and his farm in the North Georgia Mountains.  The app also gives visitors information on local businesses and events to share all the exciting activities for visitors to the area.

 

Multi-Guide, Edisto, South Carolina

Explore Edisto is a media outlet dedicated to the exploration, history, ecology and cultural diversity of our island. The Explore Edisto App is a Multi-Guide App that features multiple tours throughout various locations on the island and beach. Use our guide to find out about local restaurants, activities and shopping. These self-guided tours take you along a beautiful drive or walk and back through time as you travel across Edisto Island.

Put the app into GPS-Auto play mode so that the audio plays automatically as you drive by the points of interest and ‘Kiosk Mode’ so that the app does not go into ‘power save’ mode and turn off while you are driving. These can be found in ‘settings’.

 

In certain heavily wooded areas throughout Botany Bay, it is possible that the GPS-Auto-play may not work. Should this occur, simply manually press the play button to continue listening to the audio of the tour.

 

Campus Tour, Tampa, Florida

Big Cat Rescue, a sanctuary for big cats, wanted to communicate their mission of rescuing abused and abandoned big cats through a virtual tour app.  Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue created the Big Cat Rescue App as well as the Spanish version, Grandes Felinos al Rescate using the App Builder Website.  Read about how this non-profit organization is spreading the word and awareness about its important mission through their app.


 

Interview with Big Cat Rescue

We caught up with Big Cat Rescue’s #1 cat lover and CEO Carole Baskin about her experience using our tour App Builder Platform.  The app offers a tour of the Big Cat Rescue Sanctuary complete with photos and audio for over 100 Cats along with a GPS based and Campus map.  The app is updated as new cats are brought in to the sanctuary.  The app is available for iPhone and Android.

Tour Buddy: What made you decide to build an app for your organization?

Baskin: We had an app designed for us by a donor, but we didn’t have the ability to keep it current and didn’t want to keep asking him to update it, so the Tour Buddy app was a great way to get what we wanted, without bothering anyone else.

Tour Buddy: How long did it take to create the content and create the app using the Tour Buddy app builder website?

Baskin: It took me two days to build our tour, and that included 105 exotic cats (or stops, as would be the lingo on most tours). There was a photo of each cat, a written bio and an audio bio recording for each cat. We also plotted each cat out on a map in the app. I think it could have been done in a day, if I had all of the files ready ahead of time.

Tour Buddy: What is some of the feedback you have received from the app users?

Baskin: Big Cat Rescue app users love being able to see the cats and hear their stories. It is also a great training tool for our tour guides to learn the cats’ stories and facts about all of the cats at the sanctuary.

Tour Buddy: What is the best part about your app?

Baskin: My favorite thing about Tour Buddy is the ability to update it any time and that it is available in both the App Store and the Google Play Store.

Tour Buddy: What did you like about working with Tour Buddy to create your app?

Baskin: The interface was so user friendly that I didn’t need to schedule training and that means a lot to me since time is what I have the least of.

Tour Buddy: What advice would you give to other organizations that are looking to create an app?

Baskin: The Tour Buddy app is IT. No one knows your site like you do, so take the time to put it all in an app and you will benefit from the effort.

Tour Buddy: How often do you make updates to the app content?

Baskin: We update the content less than once a month and expect that we will maintain this same schedule.

Tour Buddy: What impact has your app had on your organization?

Baskin: The Tour Buddy app has enabled me to make sure that every tour guide gets the exact, “purrfect” story on each cat. In the past, our tour guides trained tour guides and, like the old game of telephone, the message gets changed the more it is handed down. We use a written guide, but people still repeat what they hear more than what they read. By having our audio stories all contained in the Big Cat Rescue app, every guide is hearing the accurate and relevant stories of the 105 exotic cats at the sanctuary.

More Big Cat Rescue Information

Find Big Cat Rescue on YouTube at BigCatTV.com (More than 63,000,000 views) or on

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/BigCatRescue (More than 95,000 Big Cat Rescue fans).


Tour Buddy helps its clients reach new audiences.  Create an app, update it on the fly, and build your own tour in less than a week (Baskin finished theirs in TWO DAYS!).  If you are interested in creating your own mobile app, or you have a question about our tour app builder, please feel free to sign up for your 14 day free trial! You can also check out our FAQ page for more information.