See The City
New app puts San Antonio's cultural treasures in the palm of your hand
The City of San Antonio is offering a virtual gift to Alamo City residents and visitors. On May 31, the San Antonio Tricentennial Commission released Go See SA, a new mobile app that combines sightseeing, trivia, and prizes for an experience that goes beyond the traditional ho-hum tour.
Free and available to download via Apple App or Google Play stores, Go See SA was built in partnership with local marketing agency ESD & Associates, and highlights 40 sites of important historical, cultural, or artistic significance.
After downloading the app, users turn on location services and make their way to a select site. Once in range of the destination, the player "checks in" and is prompted to answer a trivia question. If correct, the player receives a virtual medal which is stored in a virtual sash. Once the visit is complete, Go See SA users can use the medals to access prizes and coupons from local businesses.
In addition to the 40 site visits, Go See SA currently offers seven curated tours:
- Tricentennial Tour
- Architecture Tour (curated by American Institute of Architects — San Antonio Chapter)
- Art Lover Tour
- Broadway Corridor Tour
- Latino Arts Tour
- Mission Possible Tour
- Performance Theater Tour
"We are a unique community that celebrates its diversity and we hope this app will help everyone enjoy all that San Antonio has to offer,” said Carlos Contreras, executive director of the Tricentennial Commission, in a release.
As more local businesses learn about the app, the commission hopes to increase the number of curated tours offered on the app, which in turn highlights San Antonio's one-of-a-kind culture.
Launching midway through San Antonio's 300th anniversary year, the app's Tricentennial Tour is especially noteworthy. "[The tour] guides players through 300 years of history, progress, and promise with an assortment of sites. This tour invites everyone to experience this once-in-a-lifetime celebration by visiting must-see landmarks, historic locations, and special Tricentennial exhibitions," the commission teased in a release.