Whether you’re exploring a new town over the Easter holiday at the coast or trying to keep your kids entertained while their best friends are away on holiday, Google Maps is about more than just navigation.
While Google Maps certainly excels at getting us from point A to point B, the Google team have been working on ways to make Google Maps a great way to get to know your surroundings and find places to keep the little ones from driving you up the wall.
The Explore feature on the home page of Google Maps is a great way to get quick lists of specific themed venues and attractions. This is really useful when looking for ideas for a place to eat or a park to visit with the kids.
The Explore feature
Tapping on the city guides button will allow you to browse what the city you’re in has to offer. It might even give you some idea of things to do which you may not have considered.
Make a point of checking out the weekly trending list if you want to keep up with the most on-trend spots in town. If you’re not one for lists, you can interact with Google Maps’ built-in knowledge of your town via search.
Refine your search
By adding as many descriptors as possible, you’ll give Google every chance to find a great vegan, ice-cream shop. Add ‘near me’ to your search, and it will filter the list further only to include those vegan ice-cream shops close to you.
User experiences and Local Guides
Knowing what’s going on isn’t the same as knowing what is good. You can use the Local Guides information in the app to find out more about other people’s experiences.
In addition, have a look at their pictures of the place or ask questions that will be answered by real people who actually visited the place you’re asking about.