A visitors guide and community guide for
the Texas Hill Country

San Marcos

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.  The city is home to the state's third largest university, Southwest Texas State University.

Tubing on the San Marcos River
Tubing down the San Marcos River
Canoeing on the San Marcos River
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 this gateway to the Hill Country, and return often.

San Marcos is a vibrant growing city with a population of over 40,000. 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
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 local golf courses.   There are several golf courses within a few miles drive.


Joe's Crab Shack

San Marcos River Pub & Grill


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.

Joe's Crab Shack is conveniently located near the campus.

San Marcos River Pub & Grill is located along the river bank by the San Marcos River dam and the challenging "Chute."


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.

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 Area:

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 LBJ Museum at San Marcos
A museum that reflects on the life and times of President Lyndon B. Johnson.
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.
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.

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.

San Marcos, Texas, weather forecast

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