San Marcos, TX

Travel Guide
San Marcos showing a garden and heritage architecture

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

Wingate by Wyndham San Marcos
Wingate by Wyndham San Marcos
2.5 out of 5
108 N I-35, San Marcos, TX
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $72 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Situated in San Marcos, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from San Marcos River and 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Texas State University-San Marcos. John J. Stokes Sr. San ...
4.2/5Excellent! (958 reviews)
"Clean, comfortable and friendly check in."

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2021

Wingate by Wyndham 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 Ct, San Marcos, TX
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $76 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
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 Seton Heart Institute - WellMed San Marcos and ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,018 reviews)
"Great stay. My dog and I enjoyed the room. Very spacious. Staff was nice and helpful."

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2021

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham San Marcos Outlet Mall
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, San Marcos, TX
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, San Marcos, TX
3 out of 5
1560 Interstate Highway 35 South, San Marcos, TX
The price is $84 per night from Sep 28 to Sep 28
Located in the heart of San Marcos, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Seton Heart Institute - WellMed San Marcos, Ramon Lucio Park, and Dunbar Park. Calaboose ...
3.6/5Good! (950 reviews)
"Reasonable but older condition"

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2021

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, San Marcos, TX
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.
Homewood Suites by Hilton San Marcos
Homewood Suites by Hilton San Marcos
3 out of 5
451 Barnes Drive, San Marcos, TX
The price is $93 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 18
Situated in a shopping district, this aparthotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Seton Heart Institute - WellMed San Marcos and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from San Marcos Premium ...
4.4/5Excellent! (579 reviews)
"The studio suite was very large for three people. It was very clean and fresh. The only texceptions were the toilet seat was loose, one towel bar was missing but there were many bathroom hooks available, amd some of the dishes in the cupboard were dusty. Otherwise, a wonderful two-night stay."

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton San Marcos
The perfect place to re-connect with nature and to recharge your batteries
The perfect place to re-connect with nature and to recharge your batteries
San Marcos, TX
Situated in a rural location, this vacation home is within 9 mi (15 km) of Central Texas Bonsai Exhibit at Jade Gardens, Jack Glover's Cowboy Museum, and Blue ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (31 reviews)
CUTE HOUSE
"My stay was very enjoyable i did get slightly panicked about how check in worked but it all worked its way out. I have had more communication with the property owners at others stays. But I understand that they may have alot more properties than others. The country view is absolutely gorgeous I loved ..."

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2021

The perfect place to re-connect with nature and to recharge your batteries
Fountain of Youth - Duplex
Fountain of Youth - Duplex
San Marcos, TX
The price is $200 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 4
Situated in San Marcos, this vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from San Marcos River and 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Texas State University-San Marcos. John J. Stokes ...
3/5 (7 reviews)
You’re getting what you pay for, but it’s not too bad
"It’s the cheapest rental in the area… There is a canoe/tube rental place in the backyard and they let our group borrow some tubes for the day, free of charge, since we were the house renters. The house is cooled with window AC units, and they do a pretty good job in 90+ degree heat. The house is ..."

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2021

Fountain of Youth - Duplex
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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