Geocaching

App review by
Carla Thornton, Common Sense Media
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Treasure hunt = family fun but not for kids alone.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

Navigating to a geocache is easy. The app shows your current location connected to the treasure by a dotted line with directional arrows and distance measured in feet. As you get closer, keeping an eye on the arrows and feet left tell you whether you've passed the mark. Afterward, you can log your comments right from the field.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this expensive but very cool GPS app makes it possible for the whole family to go geocaching, a high-tech treasure hunt game. Geocaches can be hidden in rough terrain, public locations and other unsafe places for children. Since you are going to locations known by others to be a location that will attract others, this app creates some inherent dangers of exposure to strangers. While this game might be okay for older teens by themselves -- if they are responsible -- a better route would be to always play this game with friends.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 12 and 13 year old Written byMarlamama August 23, 2011

Great FAMILY fun. Enjoy WITH your kids, only.

This is great fun for the FAMILY! Do not let kids geocache alone! Our family has spent many happy hours tracking down caches, putting in new and exciting thin... Continue reading
Parent of a 6 and 9 year old Written byjulesfreak July 15, 2013

Great family fun

This is a great geocaching app, and geocaching is a fun family activity. It can simple or complicated as you choose, can get you outdoors and foster teamwork.... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bydr duck June 16, 2010

Family fun

I used to do this all the time
Kid, 12 years old July 31, 2016

I am definitely a Geocacher! CAUTION: Should only be enjoyed WITH others!

I cannot tell you how many hours I have wasted searching for Geocache. The concept is very simple. People leave caches scattered around, and on the app's G... Continue reading

What's it about?

In 2000, after civilian GPS accuracy improved, three friends who worked at a dot-com startup launched Geocaching.com. GEOCACHING is a hybrid of GEO, for geography, and caching, a term used to describe hiding hiking or camping provisions. Users hide secret trinkets and find items by entering an address, zip code, latitude and longitude, or other qualification, and use the app to determine the object's hiding place.

Is it any good?

This app brings geocaching to the mobile devices, making it unnecessary to buy a dedicated GPS device. The app taps directly into geocaching.com's database of more than 2 million locations, some within walking distance, and gives you everything you need to find treasures hidden by other enthusiasts. Search by your current location or specific address, and get hints, photos, and step-by-step navigation. All that's missing is a torch.

App details

For kids who love family-friendly game apps

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