San Antonio is a city that brings various cultures and lives together, celebrating its diversity through festivals, events, and its bustling day-to-day life. Being the second-largest city in Texas and the seventh-largest in the entire country, San Antonio can sometimes be a maze full of surprises.
Whether you’re new in the city or you’ve been living here your entire life, it’s easy to get lost in the multitude of options it offers for entertainment, dining out, culture, or simply getting around. In our search to bring you useful resources that open up complex cities, we found 12 local apps for everyone and everything San Antonio:
For the car-owning San Antonians, finding a place to park and dealing with parking meters after an already long commute can build up stress. SAPark is an app provided by the city of San Antonio as a solution for easy parking. Find nearby SAPark locations, pay for the session from your smartphone, and get a receipt in your inbox. If your stay exceeds your planned time, extend the parking period directly from your phone. You’ll know when it’s time to do it since the app sends you notifications before the parking session ends.
- Find available spots in SAPark locations near you
- Pay quickly and securely with a card
- Add time to your parking sessions
- Get receipts in your inbox
Buying a transit ticket doesn’t have to imply queues and cash anymore, but a simple tap of a button. The VIA Metropolitan Transit’s app helps with both purchasing and storing tickets and with trip-planning. You can choose between a 2.5-hour ticket, a day, week, or month pass, and other options for events and more. Connect your card with the app and pay directly from your phone. Board easily by showing the driver your digital ticket and store your passes for future travels. Just be sure to have your phone charged.
- Real-time trip planning information
- Purchase and activate tickets on your phone
- Pay a single fare or multiple fares for a group
- Store multiple tickets on your phone for future use
When in need of a ride, Wingz will connect you to a driver who can help. You can schedule a ride ahead of time, even for late night or very early morning trips, and get the total price for the ride before booking. You will be connected with the driver and you can discuss the details directly, for faster, more efficient communication.
- Book a ride in advance (from 2 hours to 2 months prior)
- Connect with the driver and discuss details
- Get the total price before booking
- Set favorite drivers to request them first for your rides
San Antonio is an exciting place, with plenty of opportunities for unforgettable memories. Now you can share the most exciting things about the city through miniaturized, cartoonish icons Alamoji. These emojis are San Antonio-themed and they were designed to best fit your online storytelling needs, whether you’re discussing your life or your trip to the Alamo city. The range includes emojis for sports and events you can participate in, tourist attractions, historical and cultural points, as well as some of the traditional culinary specialties of San Antonio.
- Over 50 original San Antonio-themed emojis
- In-keyboard function
- High-quality design with larger resolution
- Share function
Enrich your free time by making books easy to reach with the San Antonio Public Library App. Browse through their catalogs and see the newest titles, reserve a book for when you want to stop by the library, or check out available digital titles. You can use this app to manage your account and renew items, find the library that is closest to you, and you will also have access to the events calendar so you stay up to date with what’s going on at the local library.
- Browse new items or find books by title
- Find nearby locations
- Check and manage your account
- Access online titles or put books on hold
For those of you enrolled at the San Antonio College—or for your family members—this app is the resource that brings all the rest together. You have access to an interactive campus map, to the faculty directory, to library catalogs and databases, and to bus routes, stops, and schedules. It also connects you with the latest news and events, making The Ranger (the college’s publication) available, and you also have the option to listen to the live radio station KSYM with a simple Wi-Fi connection.
- Access to an interactive campus map
- Access to faculty and employee directory
- Access to library databases and option to connect with a librarian
- Access to KSYM, The Ranger, on-campus dining locations
With so many options for entertainment everywhere and so many ways to share with friends, this app can be a lifesaver. By using it, you can discover new, exciting places and events all over San Antonio. Find bars, restaurants, clubs, live music, outdoor activities, classes and workshops, art galleries, festivals, flea markets, fitness classes, and much more. You can create a group with your friends and share your findings, making group planning much easier. Also, you can review and save the places where you’ve been and those where you want to go, to make sure you have everything centralized.
- Discover new places and buy tickets straight from the app
- Get reviews from editors, insiders, and locals
- Create plans with a group of friends & chat in real-time—friends who don’t have the app get a free group text and email
- Use as a travel guide and get GPS directions to your destination
The Witte Museum
The Witte Museum’s wonderful history makes it an incredible attraction not only in San Antonio but in all of Texas. Keep up to date with the latest exhibits, events, and educational classes and workshops. If you are a museum member, you can log into the app and you can also enter promo codes for amazing discounts. Use the app to participate in the culture of the Witte Museum and enjoy its exhibitions and programs.
- Buy tickets online
- Check out events and the exhibition calendar
- Find educational programs
- Enter promo codes and log in as a member
KSAT 12 Weather Authority
Having a local authority on weather right on your phone is essential for fast-tracking your morning routine. See the hour-by-hour forecast for the day, or plan ahead with the 10-day forecast. Pin your location on a map and get instant updates, as well as alerts in case of extreme weather or unplanned events.
- Watch live radar
- Get instant updates
- Get hour-by-hour and 10-day forecasts
- Track severe storms and get alerts
San Antonio News from KENS 5
Browsing the news for headlines and the latest stories will keep you up to date with what’s happening in San Antonio, and KENS 5 offers that through their app. They send real-time notifications on breaking news, the weather forecast, and on school delays and closings. You can also explore investigative stories or browse topics that are of interest to you. Watch live news coverage or browse through videos and photos, which you can also share with your friends.
- Read the latest news and receive notifications and alerts
- Get personalized updates on topics that are of interest to you
- Receive access to exclusive investigative pieces
- Find weather forecast, updates, and events
If you are in need of a moving service, Miles app offers on-demand product delivery by connecting you with a helper and a vehicle to suit your needs. You can choose from an SUV, a pick-up truck, moving trailers, or box trucks. Let them know about your requirements and what type of items you’re moving, get an estimate, and make your payment through the app. You can book a truck for immediate service or schedule one for when you need it.
- Schedule a delivery for the same day or in advance
- Upload a picture of the items and receive a free price estimate before you book
- Refer a friend and receive credit for your next move
- Track the status and make the payment in the app
When you’re feeling sick, spending hours in a queue to see a doctor can be a painful experience. With FetchMD you can connect with professional clinicians and get a visit at home or at work. Sign up, fill in your location and the symptoms you’re dealing with, and request a time for your appointment. You can pay directly via the app, using both cards and HSA or FSA.
- Open the app and request a new visit
- Fill in your location and symptoms
- Request a time for your visit
- Pay for your visit with credit, debit, HSA, or FSA
San Antonio’s diverse, vibrant culture is inviting and attractive. If you plan on making it your home, browse through verified apartments for rent in San Antonio on RENTCafé to get the best deal.
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