San Marcos, TX

San Marcos is the largest town between Austin and San Antonio.  Home to Texas State University, the crystal-clear Aquarena Springs and some of the best outlet-mall shopping in Texas. With an endless variety of shops at two main locations, Premium Outlets and Tanger Outlets San Marcos , Texans flock here from a 200-mile radius for back-to-school, Christmas and spring and summer great buys.

Downtown San Marcos,

Aquarena Springs

Aquarena Springs is a source of the San Marcos River, rising from hundreds of fissures under Spring Lake. With the building originally a Spanish mission it later became the home of town leaders.  The springs were an important stop on the Old San Antonio Road and the Chisholm Trail.  Aquarena Springs was a resort and Entertainment Park started in 1926 and developed into a popular tourist attraction with boat rides, live mermaids and a swimming pig named Ralph. 
Old San Marcus City Square,

Today, Ralph the swimming pig has retired and Aquarena Springs is being converted into a wetlands project developed by the Texas State University life sciences department, but there are still glass bottom boat rides with tubing, canoeing, swimming and fishing.    

San Marcus River

The San Marcos River rises from the San Marcos Springs. The springs are home to several threatened or endangered species, including the Blind Salamander and Texas Wild Rice.
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San Marcos is a welcoming site to visitors, located at the gateway to the Texas Hill Country. With so much to visit, here are some links to the many attractions found in San Marcos.

Recreation/ Entertainment

Aquarena Center
Tube San Marcos
Parks & Recreation - City
Wonder World
Clubs and Organizations
Convention & Visitors Bureau
San Marcos Chamber of Commerce
Housing/ Board of Realtors
San Marcos River Foundation
Local Museums
LBJ Museum
Dicks Classic Garage


San Marcos River,