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Balboa Park Guide Now Available for Android Users

Today we launched a new Balboa Park mobile guide on the Meridian platform. Free for Android and iOS devices, the Meridian app offers location-based information and turn-by-turn directions for more than 80 museums, gardens, restaurants, and other attractions in the Park. It also features a daily guide to the Park’s many events, plays, films, and exhibitions.

This app follows the success of the Balboa Park iPhone app that we launched a little more than a year ago. We’ve had a great response to our first app with about 30,000 downloads from visitors all over the world. People tell us that the app caused them to discover places they’d never heard of, such as Zoro Garden, the WorldBeat Center, or the Air & Space Museum’s Flight Path Grill. But in spite of the detailed Google maps included in the app, we found that visitors were still having some trouble finding their way through the Park’s 1,200-acre grounds.

We also know that Apple isn’t the only player in the mobile space, so we began working with the Meridian team to develop a multi-platform product.

If you have an iPhone, iPad, or Android-powered device, I encourage you to try the new app by searching for “Meridian” in the App Store or the Android Market. In addition to the Balboa Park guide, the app features information about Portland Art Museum, Powell’s Bookstore, and other destinations that will be added in the coming months.

Meridian Features

Events guide: The dynamically updated event calendar is searchable by venue and category. Whether you’re looking for a kid-friendly exhibition, a dramatic play, or a new IMAX movie, you can find it in the events guide.

Attractions guide: Find detailed information about more than 80 attractions, including the San Diego Zoo, award-winning Old Globe Theatre, San Diego Natural History Museum, and The San Diego Museum of Art.

Restaurant guide: Look up information about all of the restaurants and cafes within Balboa Park. Find the perfect match for your budget and taste.

Maps: View maps of all the cultural institutions, gardens, trails gateways, and restaurants in the Park.

Turn-by-turn directions: As with all locations on the Meridian platform, Balboa Park now offers turn-by-turn directions to events and places.

Got ideas for other features you'd like to see? We welcome your suggestions on the Balboa Park Facebook page.

Oh and in case you can tell... yes, these screenshots are from my iPhone but the Android look is almost identical.