San Marcos, TX

Travel Guide
Whether you attend a Texas State University sporting event or spend a day exploring the San Marcos River, this town displays Texan charm at its best.

San Marcos, a town in the heart of Texas Hill Country, may be small, but it packs a big punch. Visit to find out what makes it so popular among visitors. Explore its natural wonders or take advantage of its lively cultural scene.

Begin your visit at the San Marcos Tourist Information Center, located in the heart of town. Find out what attractions and special events await you in San Marcos.

The beautiful San Marcos River runs through the town. Take advantage of all the recreational opportunities it offers. Enjoy a lazy tubing ride, go kayaking or take a dip in the crystal clear water.

Learn about the area’s unique natural surroundings at the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment. Peek below the surface of the San Marcos River on a unique glass-bottom boat ride.

Tour a spooky cave formed by an earthquake along the Balcones Fault Line in Wonder World Park. Go on a train ride through the Texas Wildlife Petting Park, where you can feed and interact with deer and other friendly animals.

Become a Bobcat for the weekend. Although the feline variety prefers forests to football games, the mascot of Texas State University pervades San Marcos. Attend a NCAA Division I sporting event or check out the art exhibitions in the University Galleries.

Discover the legacy of San Marcos’ most famous resident at the LBJ Museum. Lyndon Baines Johnson, the 36th president of the United States, lived in town while he was a student at Texas State University. Learn about Johnson’s experiences in Texas and find out how they contributed to his successes later in life.

Bring your sunglasses to San Marcos. Although it does get chilly during the winter, the average temperature remains well above freezing and the sun shines 275 days out of the year on average.

Shop and dine your way through downtown San Marcos. If your visit leaves you wanting even more Texan charm, head to Austin, about a 30-minute drive north. Explore the culture and history of the state’s trendy capital city.

Where to stay in San Marcos

Studio 6 San Marcos, TX
Studio 6 San Marcos, TX
2.5 out of 5
2212 Interstate 35, San Marcos, TX, 78666
The price is $74 per night from Oct 5 to Oct 6
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in San Marcos. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
3.8/5 Good! (686 reviews)
"Rooms were good for the price. Good amount of space. But when came Time to check out, could not find any worker."

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2022

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham San Marcos Outlet Mall
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham San Marcos Outlet Mall
2.5 out of 5
111 Centerpoint Ct, San Marcos, TX, 78666
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $87 per night from Oct 10 to Oct 11
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in San Marcos. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,004 reviews)
Nice
"Very clean and nice hotel. It felt like I was in the country but opposite side you could see the shopping centers. Pool and lobby area were very clean However, there was no tv service. I called downstairs and they said it was due to Hurricane Ian. What??? This hotel is in Texas. Not sure what that ..."

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2022

Wingate by Wyndham San Marcos
Wingate by Wyndham San Marcos
2.5 out of 5
108 N I-35, San Marcos, TX, 78666
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $88 per night from Oct 10 to Oct 11
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in San Marcos. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,003 reviews)
Great place to stay!
"The room was clean, excellent water pressure and breakfast was delicious. All of the staff we interacted with were kind and super helpful."

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
The Yellow Submarine ‘good vibes lonly!
The Yellow Submarine ‘good vibes lonly!
San Marcos, TX
Stay at this family-friendly vacation home in San Marcos. Enjoy free WiFi, private pools, and a water park. Popular attractions Dunbar Park and Ramon Lucio Park ...
3.6/5 Good! (8 reviews)
Best host
"Host was very helpful. The property was perfect for what we needed, and had plenty of extra amenities. Loved all of the lights, and art work."

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2022

Texas State Sanctuary With Massive Pool Oasis
Texas State Sanctuary With Massive Pool Oasis
3.5 out of 5
Craddock Avenue 1415, 1117, San Marcos, TX, 78666
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in San Marcos. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a fitness center. Popular attractions Wonder World and Bobcat Soccer Complex ...
Sunflower Ridge Cabin - Charming Romantic Getaway with Hot Tub
Sunflower Ridge Cabin - Charming Romantic Getaway with Hot Tub
San Marcos, TX
Stay at this cabin in San Marcos. Enjoy a spa tub, onsite parking, and a porch. Popular attractions Jack Glover's Cowboy Museum and Central Texas Bonsai Exhibit ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (17 reviews)
Amazing property
"Moving can be stressful. This was a perfect place to relax and ease my way into the Texas life."

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2022

Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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