It’s getting close to summer time and for most that means a much needed vacation from the regular nine to five. Whether you’re planning to backpack the Country side, jet set around the world or are having a quiet staycation at home this summer, there are plenty of places to explore, enjoy, and learn from, that will help bring out your inner geek or techie.
Tech fun can be easily found by just downloading an app from your app store. How about Geocaching this summer? It uses your phone’s GPS systems to enter coordinates to find hidden treasures. Treasure that has been hidden, all over the world, from other “Geocachers”. Geocaching has been around for a while but it is inexpensive and can lead to hours of outdoor exercise and treasure finding fun.
Other phone apps let you explore your current area or travel destinations by taking you on guided walking tours to see things you might have missed in the area or didn’t even know about. Urban Adventure Quest Tours for example, is one app that gives you clues to find each destination on its tours and even has trivia and team competitions on the app as well.
Be sure to look at some of the other apps available in your app store that you can download for simple adventures using your smart phone’s technology to enjoy the places around you.
We are very lucky that Switchmate’s Corporate Office is located in the beautiful, Bay Area which is close to many tech industry startups, such as ours. If you happen to live in the Bay Area or are planning a visit here, there are lots of tech things to do and see. The Intel Museum in Santa Clara, Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose and the NASA Ames Exploration Center located at Moffett Field are all cool places to visit that you really shouldn’t miss. If your heading to Mountain View, hit the Computer History Museum then swing by the Googleplex for a self-guided tour thru the allowed, public access areas. While you’re there, don’t forget to take some pictures with the many Android Statues, each happily named after pastries. You can also head on over to the Apple Company Store in Cupertino, which is the only place where you can get licensed, Apple branded apparel.
The Bay Area is definitely not the only area to have cool tech places to visit. Stop into the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Kennedy Space Center, Florida for a great space adventure. While you’re in Florida, if you have a roll playing gamer with you, head over to MagiQuest in Myrtle Beach to use real, interactive wands to solve mysteries! Launch a spaceship at Discovery Park of America in Union City, Tenn. Heading to Pittsburgh, PA on your travels? Head over to Carnegie Science Center and check out the largest robotics exhibition, roboworld, yes, roboworld, the name alone suggests we should go there right away. Live in New York City or heading there? The new Gulliver’s Gate in New York City is opening this summer and really looks incredible. It is an interactive, miniature world of well-known sites and places filled with lots of technology!
All around the world and not just in the States, there are museums and interactive places to explore and learn how our exciting world is changing daily with technology. So go out there this summer and explore the technology all around you. Your inner techie will thank you.
Do you know of a great tech place, not listed, that we should definitely see? Taken a tech vacation before and have some good ideas? Share with us in the comments below, we would love to hear from you.