Forgive my very old joke, but we’re very excited about our brand-new mobile app, now available on Apple and Android devices! Here’s a look at some of the features and how you can use them to create the very best Colonial Williamsburg experience (including discounts just for downloading).
You may have seen me out in the Historic Area with two phones in my hand surrounded by a group of my colleagues doing the same thing just a few weeks ago. We may have looked a little lost walking back and forth and changing directions quickly. I was part of the testing team for the new and improved Colonial Williamsburg Explorer app and part of the testing was actually getting some real world experience with it. These features are easy to use and super fun, including a real-time locator to find Liberty! You heard me, if she’s out in the Historic Area, you’ll be able to find her on a map and get walking directions to her location.
Let’s start with the obvious. Overall, the new app is visually appealing. It was designed with the new look of the website in mind and the two go hand-in-hand. Things are easy to see and the font is very readable. Buttons are easy to press and getting around the new app is easy.
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s dive into some of the newer features.
On the “Meet” screen, you’ll find characters like Liberty you’ll often run into in town. See the little star icon? Tap that and she’ll be added to your favorites list, which can be accessed on most screens. This favorites feature is found on events, trades, buildings, and restaurants, too, so you’ll have the Official Colonial Williamsburg Ghost Walk, the Anderson Armoury, the Capitol, and Chowning’s Tavern all in one place. If you’ve favorited an event, you’ll receive a push notification on your device to remind you it’ll start soon.
Next to the star icon is a little destination icon, tap that and you’ll be taking to a map with Liberty’s real-time location if she’s in town. Follow the map’s directions and meet Liberty! The same goes for any location page, just tap the icon and get walking directions to your destination. The map, which is downloadable for offline use, includes filters for what’s open at that time, wheelchair accessible locations, and restrooms just to name a few.
One of my favorite new features is the addition of the Colonial Camera. This fun tool will let you take pictures with fun filters all around town. You’ll be able to save your photo to your camera roll or quickly share on social media.
If you’ve already downloaded the Colonial Williamsburg Explorer app, you’ll only need to update it to get the new version! If you haven’t downloaded it yet, what are you waiting for? Click here for more information.
Now here’s the fun part. If you download or update the app, you can receive a free appetizer with the purchase of an entree at any Colonial Williamsburg restaurant as well as 10% off purchases at Colonial Williamsburg retail stores. All you have to do is show the app on your device. Be sure to let your server know when you place your order.
Let me know what your favorite feature is on the new app and be sure to tell your friends!