San Marcos

Collage of San Marcos, Texas

San Marcos, Texas, weather forecast

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 fifth-largest university, Texas State University, originaaly called Southwest Texas State Normal School when it opened in 1899.

canoeing on the San Marcos 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 60,000. 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

San Marcos has a great historic district. Take a walking tour or try the trolley tour. San Marcos has many restaurants in the city area. Choose from restaurants along the river banks to places in the middle of town.


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

Rustic Ridge Bed and Breakfast

Rustic Ridge Bed and Breakfast

Canyon Lake

20th Anniversary Special - Check out our website for details
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.



Stay at a great resort in the Area...

Canyon Lake Cabins | Summit Vacation & RV Resort | New Braunfels TX

Canyon Lake Cabins | Summit Vacation & RV Resort | New Braunfels TX

on the Guadalupe River

Cabin Rentals, Vacation Rentals and RV Park located on the Guadalupe River 4 miles from Canyon Lake and a short drive to New Braunfels, TX. This scenic Texas Hill Country Resort provides the perfect vacation destination to enjoy Guadalupe River tubing, mini-golf, pools, hot tubs, playgrounds, sand volleyball and resort amenities. Also a perfect Canyon Lake venue and event space for weddings, family reunions, and corporate events.



Looking for a great restaurant in the Area?

The Original Black's BBQ

The Original Black's BBQ

Austin, Lockhart, New Braunfels, and San Marcos, TX

We are the oldest bbq restaurant in Texas always owned by the same family. Since our humble beginnings in the little town of Lockhart, TX, our family has pioneered and perfected true Texas barbecue. Today, five generations of Black's have made it possible to serve over 50 million guests from around the world. Four locations in central Texas to serve you: Lockhart, the BBQ Capital of Texas, Austin, San Marcos, and New Braunfels.


Looking for Real Estate in the Area?

Jennifer Hellums

Jennifer Hellums

Lockhart, TX

Jennifer Hellums of CENTURY 21 The Hills Realty serves all of Central Texas


Counseling and Assessment Services

Living Tree New Braunfels Counseling Center

Living Tree New Braunfels Counseling Center

New Braunfels, TX

The mission of Living Tree New Braunfels Counseling Center is to provide you with the highest quality service in an environment that fosters your ability to resolve and bring change to help you achieve and attain your goals in therapy and life. We are passionate about the work that we do and approach our work in a warm, professional manner utilizing research-based approaches to support resolution of symptoms, self-understanding, and personal growth.


Tourist Attractions in the San Marcos Area:

The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment (formerly 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.
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.
Touring Texas
This web site provides tourist information for the state of Texas with links to over 100 cities and towns throughout Texas.
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.

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.



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