San Marcos Travel Guide

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San Marcos Things to Do

  • Aquarena Springs

    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 it for a convention center and Aquatic Biology...

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  • Historic District

    Another historic district of interest, especially to music lovers, is the Durham District. The district is named after Eddie Durham (father and son) who were both well-known jazz musicians. The district is a bit run down but is undergoing a revitalization program.

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  • San Marcos River

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    The town got its name from the San Marcos River which got its name because it was discovered on the day of the Catholic Feast of St Mark. The river starts at large natural spring and flows through town. There is the Aquarena Center (also called the Meadow Center) which has glass-bottom boats, kayaks, informative exhibits, bird-watching, a walkway...

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  • Blanco River

    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.

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  • Southwest Texas State University

    Texas State University was established in 1899 as the Southwest Texas State Normal School to instruct students to become teachers. One of the most famous students here was Lyndon B. Johnson who would later become the President of the United States. Texas State University has several nice older buildings of historical and/or architectural interest...

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  • Hays County Courthouse

    San Marcos is a fast growing small city of about 50,000 (up 44% since 2000) located along Interstate 35 in Hays County a short distance southwest of the capitol Austin. San Marcos has been named both one of the most exciting small cities in the country and one of the best small cities to raise your kids in. Archeological evidence indicates human...

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San Marcos Restaurants

  • Very Good Japanese Steakhouse

    Kobe Japanese Steakhouse. $26 as of January 2015. Kobe looks more impressive inside than outside. It serves Teppanyaki style Japanese food, steaks, seafood, and sushi. The staff was efficient and the food was good, though kinda expensive. Hours are 11 AM to 9:30 PM daily. Try the Scallops!

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  • My Choice in San Marcos

    Logan's Roadhouse. $17 as of January 2015. My choice in town, though is Logan's Roadhouse. Less expensive, less formal and the food was very good. I had a great waiter and we made friends fast. In addition to a varied menu they have a full bar, and a couple of neat murals. Worth a try!! Chicken Teriyaki with Creamed Spinach.

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  • 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 has a little bit of everything-pasta, beef, pork, seafood, salads,...

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  • 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. Club sandwhich, buffalo chicken burger. Have never had anything bad off the...

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  • Comfort Food

    Newton's Gang Restaurant is located on the square in San Marcos. The menu is pretty diverse, with comfort food holding the spotlight. Portions are huge, so get something you can reheat for lunch the next day.This restaurant was once an old bank and "The Getaway" with Steve McQueen was filmed here. There are several rooms that may be used as a...

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  • Great Happy hour

    Beautiful outdoor courtyard for Happy hour. Half priced appetizers and good drink specials from 4-6. the crab cakes are excellent and happy hour prices get you 2 for $5. The steak dinner was good, if not a little overpriced for the quality.

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San Marcos Nightlife

  • My Favorite Bar in San Marcos

    My favorite place in San Marcos, though, is Louie's Beer Garden and Oyster House. Louie's has a great and varied menu (I tried a few bites of their Blackened Catfish which was great! along with a couple of oysters), over 100 beers, and a full bar if you prefer a rum and coke (like me). They also have a nice garden/outdoor seating area. The crowd...

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  • Even Better Place For Nighlife

    Also across the street from the courthouse is Harper's Pub. This was my favorite place on this street. They have good pizza, reasonably priced drinks and "The Veranda" a rooftop Daiquiri Bar. Nice staff and a lively crowd. Located in the historic Harper's Hall built in 1873. Hours are 4 PM to 2 AM Monday through Friday and 11 AM to 2 AM Saturday...

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  • Looking For a Drink?

    I went bar-hopping with some new friends in San Marcos since it was the day before my birthday. I was twice the age of about anyone in the bars. There are a few options if you are looking for nightlife in San Marcos. Two are just across the street from the courthouse and right next to each other. The Taproom: Offers 42 beers on tap and 60 bottled...

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San Marcos Transportation

  • Austin Bergstrom International Airport...

    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.

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  • 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 two cities, where rental cars are readily available at both the airport...

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  • A vehicle is the best way to...

    A vehicle is the best way to travel to San Marcos. We are right on I-H 35. Major airports are in Austin, 30 miles away, and San Antonio, 45 miles away.Again, a car is the best way to get around San Marcos as most sights and restaurants are spread out. It's easy though to park and walk around downtown.

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San Marcos Shopping

  • GO SHOPPING!!!! Til you drop (and you...

    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 SonomaTommy HilfigerThe list goes on and on and on....Definitely plan a...

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  • 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 the shoes price: about 50 bucks for a pair of good leather shoes, I would...

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  • Tanger Outlet Centre

    Tanger Outlet Centre and San Marcos Factory Shops – This is a huge factory outlet centre, the biggest in Texas. I have no idea how many shops are actually in this complex, but a good 150 stores I would think. The credit card could have a field day. Just an amazing place to stop enroute and just take a look at some of the well known names. Prices...

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San Marcos Local Customs

  • Yearly Activities

    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 three county area.June : Texas Water Safari - The world's toughest 260-mile...

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  • San Marcos Police

    San Marcos Police work on bicycles around town so as to assist residents and tourists. Its quite a novel idea which makes them appear more friendly and approachable for help. They also enforce traffic regulations.

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  • San Marcos Hotels

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San Marcos Warnings and Dangers

  • Dangerous Undertow

    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 particularly dangerous, so make sure to be careful while there. Just remember,...

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  • Fragile Ecosystem

    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 and not to be shared with them.Also included in the city ordinances are for...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

San Marcos Tourist Traps

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    Outlet mall

    by Javeing Written Sep 2, 2004

    The Outlet mall off of Hwy 35 North

    Unique Suggestions: 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 bet is to shop during the week

    Fun Alternatives: Go to Wimberely for a weekend shopping trip it's only 15 minutes up Hwy. 12 . the town is full of shops and artist's studios. most weekends in summer they have sidewalk sales

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San Marcos Off The Beaten Path

  • 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 so thrifty to dine at a place without the alcohol tab.

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  • 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 still in use! That means train are still passing over this bridge!! Simply...

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  • San Antonio

    San Antonio is the eighth largest city in the U.S. and the third biggest in Texas, south of San Marcos. The famed River Walk, Tower of the Americas, the Mercado Mexican-style marketplace, theme parks, art museums are well patronised. Of course the Alamo is also here.

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San Marcos Favorites

  • 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) - www.centurytel.net/smlc/tuberental.html Fondest memory: meeting my wife... *awww....*I would have to say I miss hanging...

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  • Southwest Texas State...

    Southwest Texas State University is a great place to go to school. It's large enough to provide an excellent education, but small enough that you can actually get to know your professors. Most of my classes were small. I was able to really get to know my professors and the students. The campus is really beautiful too. SWT seems to have a...

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  • San Marcos river

    During spring break the college kids are gone. This is a nice quiet small-town, with many small-town activities during the summer. You will probably need to look up the City's web link to find out what is going on at any particular time

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