San Marcos, TX, USA

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San Marcos, TX, USA

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Much to Do and See in San Marcos

Texas is a king sized state with much to do, but you will be most pleased if you head over to San Marcos to explore some of the best that Texas Hill Country has to offer. From shopping to numerous outdoor activities, there is more than enough to keep every member of the family engaged in one thing or another. The region is home to many species of birds, so it is not surprising that bird watcher from all over come here to stay in one of the many types of lodging that San Marcos has to offer. From heading out to the water park with the kids, or having an adult outing to the Three Dudes Winery, there is much to do and see in San Marcos.

Water Based Activities

When the summer heats up, head out to San Marcos to go tubing down the river, camp in the cool fresh air, and head fishing whenever you please. There are regular shuttles to the river from many locations in the city, and many vendors have tubes for rent that allow the family to enjoy a lazy afternoon floating down the river. There are countless options to keep you entertained, including fishing, so make sure to back the swimsuits and plenty of sun screen. Many visitors also enjoy kayaking or canoeing, and there are plenty of options for those activities in San Marcos as well.


San Marcos is quite the shopper's paradise, with visitors coming from surrounding areas to partake in all that this city has to offer. Tanger has a major outlet center here, with over one million square feet of shops that is sure to wear out even the most avid bargain hunters out there. For those that have had too much sun, or just want to get away from the rest of the family for a few hours, there are plenty of options here to shop until you drop and then return your bags to the hotel before heading back out again.

Special Activities

If you are a bit daring, or looking for a tour to take part in, San Marcos has several unique options for you. There is a major skydiving company in the city that offers lessons to beginners, and flights for those more advanced among us. It is sure to be the flight of a lifetime, so consider that as you plan your holiday. It you want to keep your feet on the ground and partake in a few adult beverages along the way, there the Three Dudes Winery that is situated right along the banks of the river. It is highly rated and the views are magnificent.


You can probably forget to pack a jacket when coming to San Marcos, as the weather is warm year round, with the summers being rather hot and humid. This is what makes the river so appealing! There is not really a dry season, so rain can happen at any time. Even in the summer, however, temperatures rarely go over the 100-degree mark, with nights cooling off nicely.

How to Get There

San Marcos is almost right in the middle of Texas, along the Austin to San Antonio corridor. There is an airport that is growing in size, but many choose to drive here in order to have use of a vehicle to get around. Parking is plentiful and free, so if you do fly in, rent a car and you will be underway to almost anywhere in the city in relatively short order. Regular bus service from either Austin or San Antonio is also a possibility so plan accordingly.

Attractions In and Around San Marcos

First time in San Marcos and looking for things to do? Don’t miss cultural highlights like Texas Music Theater, Calaboose African American History Museum and Witliff Collections.

You can take a shopping trip to San Marcos Premium Outlets and New Braunfels MarketPlace. If you have extra time, you might want to explore the campus of Texas State University-San Marcos. Other places to visit in town include Aquarena Springs Museum, Central Texas Wing of the Commemorative Air Force and Charles S. Cock House Museum.