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San MarcosUnited States of America

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

San Marcos featuring a statue or sculpture

Downtown

If you're spending some time in Downtown, Texas Music Theater and Charles S. Cock House Museum are top sights worth seeing.

Downtown

Top Hotels in San Marcos

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Austin San Marcos
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Austin San Marcos
3.5 out of 5
1250 North IH-35, San Marcos, TX
$76
per night
Apr 6 - Apr 7

Situated in San Marcos, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Bobcat Ballpark and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Texas State University-San Marcos. Bobcat Softball Stadium ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (699 reviews)

"Hotel was very Clean. I originally asked for king bed room with tub, Expedia said they have that, get there and room is two beds with no bath. They don't have tubs at this one. Despite that, it was a really nice stay."…"

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2020

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Austin San Marcos
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 Rd, San Marcos, TX
$74
per night
Apr 5 - Apr 6

Situated in San Marcos, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from San Marcos Premium Outlets and within 6 mi (10 km) of Texas State University-San Marcos and Wonder ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,018 reviews)

"I had absolutely no complaints. Staff was great. would definitely recommend . plan on future trips to San Marcos and we will stay there."…"

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2020

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham San Marcos Outlet Mall
Comfort Inn & Suites
Comfort Inn & Suites
2.5 out of 5
1053 Clovis Barker Dr, San Marcos, TX
$58
per night
Apr 5 - Apr 6

Situated in the business district, this hotel is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from San Marcos Premium Outlets and within 6 mi (10 km) of Texas State University-San Marcos ...

4.3/5Excellent! (955 reviews)

"I liked the cleanliness of the Motel. Did not spend a lot of time in the Motel because we were shopping and visiting friends."…"

Reviewed on Mar 7, 2020

Comfort Inn & Suites

Popular things to do in San Marcos

Gruene Hall
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Gruene Hall

4.5/5(526 reviews)

You can learn more about the history of New Braunfels when you make a stop at a well-known site like Gruene Hall. Stroll along the riverfront or visit the fun-filled waterparks in this family-friendly area.

Schlitterbahn New Braunfels Waterpark and Resort
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Schlitterbahn New Braunfels Waterpark and Resort

4.5/5(454 reviews)

Although it is home to one of the longest water rides in the world and attracts visitors from all over the world, this amusement park in Texas maintains its homey family-owned spirit. 

Comal River
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Comal River

4.5/5(111 reviews)

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Comal River during your travels in New Braunfels. Stroll along the riverfront or visit the fun-filled waterparks in the area.

Top activities in San Marcos

Hill Country Barbecue & Wine Shuttle
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Hill Country Barbecue & Wine Shuttle

90% of travellers recommend
$54
Per adult
Private Limousine Tour of Texas Hill Country Wineries
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Private Limousine Tour of Texas Hill Country Wineries

100% of travellers recommend
$66
Per adult
Austin Zoo General Admission Ticket
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Austin Zoo General Admission Ticket

$12
Per adult
First-Time Tandem Skydiving Experience
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First-Time Tandem Skydiving Experience

$219
Per adult
The Original Historic Downtown San Marcos Brew Pub Tour!
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The Original Historic Downtown San Marcos Brew Pub Tour!

$51
Per adult
Walking Happy Hour Tour Through San Marcos, Texas
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Walking Happy Hour Tour Through San Marcos, Texas

$82
Per adult

Reviews of San Marcos

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
447
5 - Excellent 47.80748663101604%
4 - Good
393
4 - Good 42.032085561497325%
3 - Okay
81
3 - Okay 8.663101604278076%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.8556149732620321%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.6417112299465241%

5/5 - Excellent

DJG

Mar 16, 2020

It's really grown since 1975...

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 10, 2020

Love to visit partner, definitely will make my way back.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 8, 2020

We love this area! Aquarena springs and The Meadows Center were wonderful and family friendly. Wonder World was a great experience with friendly staff and fun activities.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 4, 2020

San Marcos is great hotel the worst

4/5 - Good

TF

Mar 1, 2020

I35 is a bear driving to Austin, traffic and construction 7 days all day. Gruene is nearby, super fun to visit. Starbucks near hotel.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 29, 2020

Interstate traffic can get hectic. Stay on the feeder road and most locations can be found.