Things to Do
Hays County Courthouse
Nothing really other than that...College town
In a nutshell
If it weren't for the university, this place would be boring (unless you like outlet malls)
The old Aquarena Springs on Spring Lake that boasted beautifully manicured & landscaped grounds with a well managed program that controlled non-native plant growth in the lake is history. The Texas State University, ( then SW Texas State University) purchased the property under the ruse of utilizing...
San Marcos River
This is one of the major attraction of the area, either you just stroll along or decide to do something more wet!! I was there in november but apparently tube renting is very popular during the summer; have a look to the following link for the details...
Hays County Courthouse
This is one of the major piece of architecture in San Marcos.
The Hays County was created in 1848 and named in honor of Capt. Jack C. Hays, a noted Indian fighter and Texas Ranger.
Restored to its original style, this buildings typify the Central Texas Courthouse Square.
A nice park on the Blanco River during the week. There are only a few choice spots right on the water with trees for shade and easy access to the water. Get there early to score a spot! Beware the long grass area-rattlesnakes have been sighted.
First United Methodist Church
First United Methodist Church is a Victorian Gothic styled church was completed in 1893 and has been serving congregations since that time. In 1939, 20 stained glass windows were added as memorials to the early builders. There is an 1872 bell in the four-story bell tower which had previously hung at...
Southwest Texas State University
Southwest Texas State University (SWT is recognised as one of the top 3 public universities in Texas. It was established in 1899 and has expanded into the 7th largest public university in the state. The Theatre is a beautiful and distinctive building surrounded by a small lake and park-like setting....
The Root Cellar Cafe: Fresh food in the square
My favorite restaurant in San Marcos. Currently it is BYOB, I'm not sure how long that will last! The cafe has a casual and intimate setting and the waitstaff are friendly and remember you when you come back. Everything I have eaten there is fresh and well prepared. The menu...
San Marcos River Pub and Grill: Located on the San Marcos River
Great place located on the San Marcos river. Outdoor seating overlooking the river available. Great american cousine, burgers, chicken etc. Features free outdoor entertainment during Sundays in the summer. Full bar.
Chicken fried steak is huge, they have a half portion....
Tap Room: Huge beer selection
42 beers on tap and 20 in bottles are available at the Tap Room. There are excellent specials almost every day; discounted beers, half price appetizers every night and more. The burgers are the best I have found in the Central Texas area.
Austin Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)
The closest airport to San Marcos is located in Austin and is a 45 minute drive or so from town. Austin is served by most of the main US carriers, and its airport code is AUS.
Drive your Car
San Marcos is located south of Austin and north of San Antonio in Texas. Most of the activities in San Marcos are spread out, and with the exception of student transportation, the public system is not convenient for most travel.Likely, you will be traveling from one of those...
Tanger Outlet Center: GO SHOPPING!!!! Til you drop (and you will drop!)
EVERYTHING YOU COULD EVER WANT IS HERE....AND IT"S ON SALE!!!!!!!!!Yes, over 100 brandname stores and another 100 in between. How do these sound?CoachArmaniDooney and BourkeNike AddidasCalvin KleinSamsoniteSunglass Hut'Disney StoreOld NavyAmerican EaglePottery BarnWilliam...
Prime and Tanger Outlet: A paradise for bargain hunters
Chances are that shopping is the main reason you are in San Marcos! And shopping in San Marcos means the Prime or Tanger Outlet!!Even open on Sunday, you have tens of different shops selling well known brand at prices I couldn't imagine!I have been particularly surprised by...
March : Daffodil Days – An annual event to welcome Spring which features the picturesque scene of 2,000 blooming in the Historic District gardens. April : Central Texas Golf Fest - Largest amateur golf tournament in United States. Participants play on seven courses in a...
One of the popular activities in San Marcos is to swim and/or float on the San Marcos River. While in the river, you will likely want to be careful in certain areas, as the undertow can get very strong. The area of the small waterfalls next to Saltgrass Steakhouse is...
If you are going to make a trip to San Marcos, please consider leaving your pets at home. The San Marcos River in particular is a fragile ecosystem that is home to several endangered species. For example, there is a blind salamander which is delicious to pets, but in danger...
The Outlet mall off of Hwy 35 North
Avoid the outlet mall on the weekend. It can get packed. With people coming as far way as Mexico for a shopping trip. As well most of the “sales” will start that Monday and be picked over by the time the weekend rolls around. Your best...
The Salt Lick
Off the beaten path and a pretty drive through Driftwood brings you to the Salt Lick BBQ Restaurant. This is probably the best barbecue I have ever tasted. Oh-and it's BYOB! We sat on the patio and listened to the live band under the oaks as we toasted each other for being...
Railroad from the Far West
Walking along the San Marcos river, I first passed under a regular concrete bridge for a road and then really struck by surprise, I discovered this old wooden bridge!!I thought it was the old bridge they left there but I soon realised the rail tracks on this bridge were...
Float the river. It's only...
Float the river. It's only about a 45 minute float...the Lion's Club supplies the tubes and the ride back (it'll be about $10 a person when all said and done with a $15 deposit so you don't make off with the nifty yellow tubes) -...
Explore Deeper into San Marcos
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