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The Best Apps for Meeting Attendees

For meeting attendees traveling to San Francisco, these apps are a great way to find information about transportation, deals and attractions around the city, making full use of their deserved downtime.

Culture and Attractions

California Academy of Sciences’ Academy Insider

If attendees spend all day in the California Academy of Sciences, it won’t be because they’re lost. The museum’s exclusive app includes information on exhibits, self-guided tours, a list of daily programs, museum floor plans and extras including fun facts, quizzes, video and audio clips.
Availability: iOS 3.0 or later
Cost: Free
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City of San Francisco Recreation and Parks

Outdoor lovers rejoice because it’s never been easier to find a park, garden or public restroom while on the move. Besides helping locate green spaces, the app also provides info about points of interest throughout the city. 
Availability: iOS 5.0 or later
Cost: Free
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Detour (Coming Soon)

Steer clear of typical tourist traps and let Detour, a GPS-based audio walking tour app, guide you to the stories you can’t see. Experience a side of San Francisco visitors rarely get to see, including where to look for sea lions as fishermen unload their boats in the Wharf, or recount adventures had by Beat Generation legends Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. 
Availability: Launching in 2015 via iOS  
Cost: Free

SF Arts Guide

This event-driven app with hundreds of arts listings and curated highlights makes it easy for arts lovers to browse events, share information with friends and find locations for cultural happenings citywide. 
Availability: iOS 3.0 or later and Android 2.2 and up
Cost: Free
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Dining 

Dishero

Dishero is a clean and simple visual menu app. Discover menu items via lush images of restaurant offerings. Know exactly what you are about to order. No boring text menus or obscure reviews to count on. Let the food speak for itself. Pique your appetite. Share it with your friends.
Availability: iOS 7.0 or later and Android 4.0.3 and up
Cost: Free
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Tablehopper’s Top Late-Night Eats

For night owls in search of sustenance, heed the advice of Tablehopper’s local expertise. The app includes insider tips and dish recommendations for nearly 100 hand-picked establishments specializing in grub after 11pm. 
Availability: iOS 6.0 or later
Cost: $2.99
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Winery Finder

Every smartphone-enabled oenophile should arm themselves with this before heading out for a day of tasting. Featuring info on wineries in San Francisco, Sonoma and Napa, the app locates nearby wineries and finds special deals on tasting passes. 
Availability: iOS 5.1.1 or later
Cost: Free
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Transportation

ParkNow

ParkNow lets smart drivers in and around San Francisco find and book a parking spot in advance, online or with the mobile app. No more wasting time or fuel circling the block. And by using their best-rate search function, you'll save money too. But it's not just your wallet that will thank you. Better city parking means less traffic, less pollution, and less CO2 emissions for the environment. 
Availability: iOS 6.1 or later and Andriod 2.2 and up
Cost: Free
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RideScout

Save time (and bandwidth) with this one-stop transportation app. Simply type in your destination and sort through the many transit options — bus, train, taxi, car share, bike share, walking, driving or parking — getting you from point A to point B quicker than your commuting counterparts. 
Availability: iOS 6.1 or later and Android 4.0 and up
Cost: Free
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Routesy

The must-use app for navigating the San Francisco public transit system, Routesy provides information in a dozen languages about the San Francisco Muni, BART, Caltrain and AC Transit routes with real-time arrival estimates and an interactive map. A free version is also available for Muni and BART only.
Availability: iOS 7.0 (free version), iOS 6.1 or later
Cost: Free or $4.99
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Venues


PeerSpace

PeerSpace is a marketplace that offers access to hundreds of creative and inspiring event and work spaces. Easily filter, discover and book a space for your next event or offsite. From one-of-a kind photo studios to historic train stations, they have all the space you need.
Availability: iOS 7.1 or later
Cost: Free
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