Seat of Hays County at edge of the Hill Country; was once temporary
site of two Spanish missions being relocated from East Texas because of French and Indian
difficulties. Laid out for Anglo-American settlers in 1851. Clear, cold San Marcos river
rises from mammoth springs within town; noted for profusion of both plant and animal
aquatic life, river is ranked among worlds most fertile. White-tailed deer are
numerous in Hill Country. Hunters also shoot dove, quail, squirrel, fox and an occasional
bobcat. Fishing is enjoyed year round in the San Marcos and nearby Blanco Rivers.
Home of the San Marcos Baptist Academy and the alma mater of Lyndon
B. Johnson, Southwest Texas State Univ., whose campus commands an impressive view of the
Bed and breakfast accommodations offered in historic district.
Shoppers find bargains of 25% to 70% off name brand labels at San
Marcos Factory Shops and Tanger Outlet Center south on I-35 at Center point rd., at exit
200. Its home to the largest factory outlet complex in the state.
Aquarina Springs - Texas Natural Aquarium
offers a unique view of the
San Marcos River and its inhabitants. Experience nature and history in a beautiful
setting. ... Interactive kiosks tell the story of each of the endangered
species. (Rebecca Ybarra, San Marcos CVB)
Belvin Historic District - Superb examples of 19th Century
homes along street shaded by huge live oaks. Well worth a drive or stroll (only a few
blocks) in southwest San Marcos . All are private residences not open to the public except
during Tours of Distinction, first weekend in may.
San Marcos River Walkway - Unites three city parks along the
picturesque river, accented by lush landscaping. Access from Juan Veramendi Plaza, C.M.
Allen Pkwy. At Hopkins St.
Scenic drives - R.M. 12 northwest to junction with R.M. 32,
the winding ridge route called the "Devils Backbone" offers exceptional
views of Hill Country scenery.
Visitor Information - Details about San Marcos attractions
and events, accommodations and the Texas Hill Country. Open daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; closed
major holidays. North side of city on southbound I-35, exit 206.
Water Recreation - Scuba, snorkel, fish, kayak or tube the
crystal clear San Marcos River. The water is 72 degrees year round.
"Lions Club Tube Rental and River Taxi" operates on weekends in the spring
and daily Memorial Day to Labor Day in San Marcos City park. For information, call 512 /
Wonder World - Earthquake formed cave showing
unique exhibition of Balcones Fault line; includes wildlife, park, observation tower, gift
shop. Cave tours every 15 minutes; Anti-Gravity House, elevator from cave to Tejas Tower
that offers an impressive overlook of town and Hill country. Miniature train runs through
wildlife park; animal feeding and petting areas(!). Open daily. Bishop St. within city.
Admission. 512 / 392-3760.