Geocaching is a global treasure-hunting game where participants locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors by following clues and GPS readings. Easily the most fun you and your kids will ever, ever have with your iPhone.
Once you had to own an expensive handheld GPS to geocache, and organize your hunts in advance. Not anymore! Launch this iPhone app anywhere you have WiFi, hit “Find Nearby Caches”, and you’re in business.
Geocaching is so much fun for families. You’re outside getting exercise and spending time together as you hunt for hidden treasure. When you find it, you take a tiny prize out of the cache and leave one for the next person to find. Find out more at geocaching.com.
Why we like it:
Instant access to hundreds of thousands of caches hidden all over the world (we’ve hunted in our own neighborhood and on vacation all over the country). An interface easy enough for a child to use. Access to online hints and logs from other geocachers (which really helps when you get stuck). Working together with kids to problem solve.
The app uses GPS, Wi-Fi positioning, and cell towers to determine your location. If it can’t figure out where you are, you can’t play. The GPS is only accurate to within 56 feet, so it won’t lead you right to the cache. It’s good to prepare the children for failure, because sometimes you get skunked.
We tested version 3.0, which is compatible with the iPhone (OS 3.1.2 or later) and the iPod touch (if Wi-Fi enabled, you will not however be able to search by current location since it doesn’t have GPS). Developer Groundspeak Inc. Read our disclosure policy.