Best San Marcos Attractions – Things To Do In San Marcos

San Marcos things to do

Things to do with Kids in San Marcos, TX

In 1851, William Lindsey, Gen. Edward Burleson and Eli T. Merriman bought Juan Vermendi’s land along the river and laid out the town site. Legend says Franciscan monks paddling up the Guadalupe River discovered the San Marcos River and chose the name because the discovery was made on St. Mark’s day. Hays County was established in 1848, and San Marcos was designated the county seat. The town also was a resting point on a three-day stagecoach trip from Austin to San Antonio.

The San Marcos River rises from mammoth springs in the town. Scuba, snorkel, fish, kayak or tube the crystal clear San Marcos River. On the river, Rio Vista Falls, a transformed dam, offers white water.

The city is home to San Marcos Baptist Academy and Texas State University.

The historic downtown, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, features art, gift shops and restaurants. In the center of town is the restored Hays County Courthouse, and the Hays County Veterans Memorial is at Hopkins Street and Riverside Drive. Bed-and-breakfast accommodations are offered in the historic district.

The 1867 Charles S. Cock House is in the Tour of Homes event the first weekend in May. At C.M. Allen Parkway and E. Hopkins Street.

Shoppers find bargains on name brands daily at San Marcos Premium Outlets and Tanger Outlet Center south on I-35 at Centerpoint Road at Exit 200. It’s home to the largest factory outlet complex in the state.

Aquarena Center – San Marcos

Take the glass-bottom boat or kayak ride to view the bubbling springs and an excavation site from which artifacts dating as far back as 12,000 years have been recovered. The Endangered Species Exhibit provides an up-close look at the species that live only in the San Marcos River.

Belvin Street Historic District – San Marcos

Superb examples of 19th-century homes sit along streets shaded by huge live oaks. Well worth a drive or stroll ( 700–800 blocks of Belvin Street and 227 Mitchell St. ) All are private residences and only open to the public for the Tour of Homes on the first weekend in May.

Commemorative Air Force Central Texas Wing – San Marcos

Housed in a 1943 vintage wooden hangar, the Centex Wing is home to 12 airworthy vintage military aircraft. A Japanese “Kate” torpedo bomber replica––built for the movie Tora, Tora, Tora––is displayed with other privately-owned vintage aircraft. Open 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Mon., Wed., Fri. and Sat..

Dick’s Classic Garage Car Museum – San Marcos

Three decades of automobiles include models that date as far back as 1929. The collection of more than 80 classics includes many of the finest cars ever made in the United States. Open 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon.–Sat. and noon–5 p.m. Sun. Admission charge. 120 Stagecoach Trail. 512/787-2406.

LBJ Museum Of San Marcos – San Marcos

Focuses on this U.S. president’s formative years, and how his early experiences as a college student and schoolteacher influenced San Marcos and the nation. Open 1–5 p.m. Thu., Fri. and Sun. and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat. 131 N. Guadalupe St. , west side of the courthouse square. 512/353-3300.

Quail Creek Golf Club – San Marcos

Price: $25 to $49, 18 holes, Semi-Private, Accepts credit cards, www.quailcreek-cc.com

San Marcos River Walkway – San Marcos

Unites five city parks along the picturesque river, accented by lush landscaping. Access from Juan Veramendi Plaza, C.M. Allen Parkway at Hopkins Street.

Scenic Drives near San Marcos – San Marcos

R.M. 12 northwest to junction with R.M. 32 , the winding ridge route called the “Devil’s Backbone,” offers exceptional views of Hill Country scenery. It also is a great place for wildflower viewing March–April.

Texas State Golf Course – San Marcos

Price: $0 to $24, 9 holes, Public, Accepts credit cards

Three Dudes Winery – San Marcos

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