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Goby

Goby is an activity-driven search engine that recommends fun things to do, whether you’re on the road or have some free time in your hometown. With a single click, you can find a list of things to do near you or search by destination and travel dates. Note, however, that currently Goby only covers the United States.

When searching, you can enter your own terms, such as “museums,” or choose from a set of categories, ranging from “things to do” and “food & drink” to “events” and “places to stay.” Initially, search results (including name, type and location of the activity) are sorted by relevance. However, you can also filter them by distance or title, or view them on a map.

If you click on a single item, you can find out what else is nearby and get directions. The activity descriptions leave room for improvement — they are too long in some cases and absent in others — but you’ll get the general gist. Telephone numbers are listed, too, so you can call directly from the app, and should you so desire, you can save or share the entry, or even check in to its location on Facebook.

In fact, if you create a Goby account or log in via Facebook, you can even get access to what is called the “fun feed,” which selects personalized recommendations for things to do based on your interests (interests can be selected manually or automatically through Facebook).

Bottom line

Goby is a decent alternative to having to sift through numerous websites to find things to do.