Mobile apps can make your visit to or life in Seattle a whole lot easier. Find out how traffic is looking before your hit the morning commute, figure out which bus you should take, find a happy hour, or keep up with the Seahawks or Mariners.
Read on for some of Seattle’s best apps for finding restaurants, getting around, keeping up with the news, finding things to do and sports.
The Zagat app isn’t Seattle-specific, but Seattle is one of many cities you can take a look through in the app. Look for restaurants by cuisine type, location and save places you’d like to try out.
Cocktail Compass lists happy hours and so much more. The app also has a happy hour countdown, so you’ll know just how long you have to make it (or remain at) any given happy hour. There are photos and reviews of each bar or restaurant, and one-touch cab calling if you’ve had a bit too much. Another bonus—the app is designed for clumsy, drunk fingers and easy to use.
For a little bit of everything, Yelp is a fine way to go. Find restaurants, get directions, view pictures of food, read reviews and even search for happy hours all in one place.
In Seattle or in the wider Puget Sound area, the Puget Sound Trip Planner offers directions, fares, walking distances, route schedules and more across all the transit agencies in the area, including Seattle’s Metro Transit.
Another option for help with bus travel is OneBusAway, which gets you access to bus routes, schedules and nearby bus stops. If you forget where you’ve come from, there’s also a recent stop history feature that helps you out!
Google Maps for mobile also includes bus stops and trip planning abilities, but has the added bonus of traffic maps so you can see what your drive will look like. This is excellent for Seattle-area natives who want to seek out other routes or wait out the traffic, or for new residents seeking to learn traffic patterns. For Android and Apple.
Make parking in Seattle easier (because it could use any help it could get). You can pay via the app and not have to worry about putting a parking sticker on your window, extend your parking without having to run back to your car and manage vehicles you add to your account.
Local News Apps
One of Seattle’s main printed news sources is the Seattle Times, and you can carry it with you on your device rather than carrying a printed copy. Keep up with news, entertainment, sports and more.
King5 is Seattle’s NBC affiliate and a major news source in the region. With the app, you can follow the latest news, weather, sports, traffic and video clips as well as share them directly to your social media.
Things to do Apps
Groupon and Living Social
Groupon and Living Social are both daily deal/coupon sites that are equally as useful for Seattle visitors and residents. Check out which restaurants, attractions and venues have deals. It’s a great way to save some money as well as discover new places. Both cycle in new deals frequently.
Top 25 Seattle
If you’re new to Seattle and aren’t sure what to see and do first, Top 25 can help. This app picks the top 25 sites in town and then also includes reviews and more details about each. Great if you’re in town for a short time.
If you want to keep up with Seattle sports, you’ve got options for all the major league teams. Not all are free, though.
Seahawks – You’ll get video clips, news, photos, social media feeds, team and Sea Gals rosters, stats and schedules.
Mariners – You’ve got a few options for baseball apps, the best of which is MLB’s At Bat, which allows you to get live gameday audio, game highlights, MLB.tv archives and more. Fee.
Sounders – Audio, MatchPass integration, schedules, news, and more. Free.
For the practical app user, look to the apps put out by the City of Seattle. The Find It, Fix It app lets you report anything you think the city should fix - potholes, graffiti and more. PaybyPhone Parking lets you extend paid parking by using your phone. The Key Arena Venue app lets you get special deals the night of an event. Seattle Center's app helps you keep track of what's going on there. The Seattle Public Library app allows you to find branches, search the catalog and more. And the Seattle Travelers app lets you check traffic via live webcams.