Visitors Guide for San Marcos, Texas

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The gateway for exploring the Texas Hill Country

San Marcos is a great tourist getaway from the big city hustle and bustle, yet near to lots of fun things to do in the central Texas Hill Country.  San Marcos is home to the state's third largest university, Texas State University.

Tubing on the San Marcos River
Tubing down the San Marcos River
Canoeing on the San Marcos River
Canoeing on the river

The San Marcos River, with its crystal clear spring fed waters, offers canoeing, fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming, and tubing.   Tourists love the world-class shopping at the largest outlet malls in the Southwest nearby.   It is no wonder so many tourists come to San Marcos, the gateway to the Hill Country, and return often.

San Marcos is a vibrant growing city with a population of over 50,000. The city is an easy drive from any of the major cities in Texas.  San Marcos is almost the half way point between two of the major cities on the IH-35 corrider; Austin is 29 miles to the north and San Antonio is 50 miles to the south.  Dallas and Houston are about a four to five hour drive away.

Hays County Courthouse
Hays Country Courthouse
Charles S. Cock House Museum
Charles S. Cock House Museum

San Marcos has a great historic district.
Take a walking tour or try the trolley tour.

Southwest Texas Golf Course


Want to play a little golf?

You will like the San Marcosl golf courses.   There are several golf courses within a few miles drive.


Joe's Crab Shack


Looking for some great food?

San Marcos has many restaurants in the city area.  Choose from restaurants along the river banks to places in the middle of town. 

You will find all types of restaurants in San Marcos: Mexican, Italian, Chinese, Steaks, BBQs, Pizza, fast food and more.


Stay in a Historic Bed & Breakfast Inn in the Area...

Stagecoach Stop Bed and Breakfast Inn The Hunter Road Stagecoach Stop

Lovingly restored, this historic inn will enchant you with its ambiance of warmth, comfort, and style in rooms furnished with primitives befitting the era.

Rustic Ridge Bed and Breakfast Inn Rustic Ridge Bed and Breakfast Canyon Lake

Enjoy a romantic getaway for two. This secluded cedar log cabin overlooks a pond into beautiful Texas sunsets. You will have the cabin with a gated entrance all to yourself. Close to Potters Creek Park on Canyon Lake.


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Millie Seaton's Collection of Dolls & Toys
Millie Seaton's Collection of Dolls & Toys
Aquarena Center
Aquarena Center's glass bottom boats

Tourist Attractions in the San Marcos Area:

Jet Ski Rentals

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Aquarena Center
Ride the glass bottom boats and see the plant life and wildlife species that live in the crystal clear San Marcos River.
Wonder World Park - San Marcos, Texas
Explore an earthquake-formed cave and ride to the top of the Tejas Observation Tower.   It is the most visited cave in Texas.

The Commemorative Air Force Exhibit
The World War II artifacts museum is located in a huge wooden World War II hangar and contains weapons, captured documents, uniforms, photos, radios, cameras and aircraft equipments on loan or donated to the Commemorative Air Force.
The LBJ Museum at San Marcos

A museum that reflects on the life and times of President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Ripley's Believe It or Not! in San Antonio, TX
Experience three unique attractions including the authentically unbelievable Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium, the exciting movies that you ride at Ripley's 4D Moving Theater and our larger-than-life Louis Tussaud's WaxWorks.

Wittliff Gallery
The Gallery brings together a comprehensive range of work from the region that represents the history of photography from the 19th century to the present day, with an emphasis on contemporary imagery.
Birding in San Marcos Texas
Information on bird watching in the San Marcos area.
Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort
America's most favorite Waterpark resort in nearby New Braunfels.

Historic Gruene
Tourists' favorite historic town. Go there once, and you will want to go back.

Canyon Lake
Enjoy the water sports available at this 80 mile lake shoreline.

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Natural Bridge Caverns
Texas' largest caverns. Located west of New Braunfels, Texas.

Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch 
Take a safari drive thru Texas style. Located west of New Braunfels, Texas.

Water Dam by Rio Visa Park
Water Dam by Rio Visa Park
Dr Eli Merriman 1846 Log Cabin
Dr. Eli Merriman Log Cabin - 1846

Things to do in San Marcos:

  • The crystal clear water of the San Marcos River offers perfect tubing, swimming, and sunbathing.
  • Take a walking or trolley tour of historic San Marcos.
  • Enjoy nature watching and photography at its finest.
  • Take the glass-bottom boats tour at Aquarena Center.
  • Shopping at the world-class factory outlet stores and local tourist stores.
  • Antique shopping in the area - some of the best in Texas.
  • Dining at the river front or downtown restaurants.
  • Visiting Art Centers and Museums.
  • A "must" on any tourist’s list is the 246 acres of parks with the San Marcos River running through 150 acres of this parkland.
  • New Braunfels and Historic Gruene are only 30 minutes away.
  • Canyon Lake with its 80 miles of scenic shoreline is only 45 minutes away.

Other Important Links:
   City of San Marcos
   Texas State University
   San Marcos Churches
   San Marcos Daily Record
   Tube Rentals - Lion's Club
   Golf Course Information

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