Today is Memorial Day, which means summertime has arrived. It’s time to load up your iPhone, iPad and Android phone with the latest summer apps. The heat of summer promises months of barbecues, camping trips, and long, lazy days of swimming. Summertime apps can enhance your warm weather experiences. The apps will guide you to the best activities and help you make the most out of the time you have before fall rolls around.

Mobile apps can increase your grilling skillIf you want another reason to have friends over and heat up your coals, try Weber’s on the Grill. It’s $4.99 through iTunes and has 280 grilling recipes and another 40 recipes for marinades, rubs and sauces. The app is a mobile grilling companion that offers both a grocery list creator and a grill timer, so you never have to deal with charred kabobs. Take your cookout up a notch with grilling tips and check out the videos from celebrity chef Jamie Purviance.

Don’t step out in the sun only to end up with lobster red skin. Coppertone’s branded app MyUV Alert, available in the Google Play store, will ensure you make it home comfortable in your skin. Not only does the app supply information about the UV index in Summer Hiking Appsyour area, it also lets you set reminders and gives you coupons to save on sunscreen at the store.  If you need a little extra guidance, check out the sunscreen tips the app offers, too.

Bring a blanket, some snacks and your iPad out to a field at night and get ready for some first rate stargazing. Try using Solar Walk for the iPad to identify what you’re seeing. It’s only $2.99. While the app can also be used to enliven rainy days when you’re stuck inside, the best way to use it in the summertime is to look at the real sky, then read all about the things you’re seeing in the interactive app. It’s great for kids, couples, or anyone who wants to get outside and marvel at the universe.

Find out what kind of animal grabbed your marshmallows while you were sleeping with MyNature Animal Tracks, available for $6.99 in the iTunes Store. The app allows users to identify tracks and droppings through seven categories for tracks and five for scat. The illustrations are clear and easy even for a novice tracker. Best of all: it can work offline, so you don’t need to cross your fingers and hope for coverage on a camping trip.

Whatever you decide to download, don’t forget to have a good flashlight application on your phone. You never know when you’ll need to peer into the darkness in a tent or on the trail. Enjoy your summer!

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