San Antonio’s old world Spanish flair and blend of cultures make it one of America’s most picturesque cities. To help you plan your trip to this colorful city, read about its history and some interesting facts. Take note of exciting festivals and events. View the webcam to see what’s happening right now in front of the Alamo! Watch a video, view the photo gallery, and see what publications are writing about San Antonio. Plus, get a lay of the land when you look over San Antonio maps.
Here are more helpful statistics and local information about San Antonio.
Sales Tax: 8.125 percent, suburbs vary
Time Zone: Central, observes Daylight Savings Time
Population: 1,296,682 (2006)
Major Colleges and Universities:
- Our Lady of the Lake University
- St. Mary’s University
- Trinity University
- University of the Incarnate Word
- The University of Texas at San Antonio
- San Antonio Spurs, NBA
- San Antonio Silver Stars, WNBA
- San Antonio Rampage, American Hockey League
- San Antonio Missions, AA Minor League Baseball
Browse the navigation bar on the left to find more in-depth information about weather, history, maps, events and getting around the city.
An eclectic pick-and-mix of retro funk and new-age entrepreneurial spirit, Austin’s best side is a mystic soup of social consciousness and capitalist development, tattoo-covered artists and internet millionaires. Quality of life reigns supreme. Here even the buttoned-down businessmen are likely to take a day off to go swimming in spring-fed pools, jogging along Town Lake or kayaking on the river. Almost any night here you can listen to live indie rock, jazz-funk, alt country, punk ska, acoustic rhythms, Latin sambas, Tejano trumpets, world beat…shall I go on? All this coolness has not gone unnoticed. Locals are concerned that too many cooks are spoiling the broth as more people continue to migrate here and suburbs spread further north. ‘Keep Austin Weird’ extol local bumper stickers, and so far the town isn’t overly gentrified – and the restaurant selection has noticeably improved.