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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

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
The price is ¥7,089 per night from Mar 22 to Mar 23

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 Seton ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,098 reviews)

"Well placed and clean. The breakfast could include coffee"…"

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2021

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham San Marcos Outlet Mall
Embassy Suites San Marcos - Hotel, Spa & Conference Center
Embassy Suites San Marcos - Hotel, Spa & Conference Center
3.5 out of 5
1001 E Mccarty Ln, San Marcos, TX
The price is ¥11,611 per night from Mar 12 to Mar 13

Situated in the business district, this spa hotel is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from San Marcos Premium Outlets and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Seton Heart Institute - WellMed ...

4.2/5Excellent! (969 reviews)

"The hotel was very nice although,they could have giving me a room with a better view instead of overseing the roof. Considering the hotel was empty. They also had lots of dandolions weeds all over the landscaping. Continental breadfast was nice and staff at reception was courteous and friendly."…"

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2021

Embassy Suites San Marcos - Hotel, Spa & Conference Center
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 ¥8,006 per night from Mar 11 to Mar 12

Located in the heart of San Marcos, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Seton Heart Institute - WellMed San Marcos and 2 mi (3.3 km) from Texas State University-San ...

3.8/5Good! (978 reviews)

"Restroom was too small. Overall good place to stay at. Recommend it to anyone"…"

Reviewed on Jan 22, 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.
Experience a Sunrise you Never Forget From the Deck at the House on Cox Hill
Experience a Sunrise you Never Forget From the Deck at the House on Cox Hill
San Marcos, TX

Situated in San Marcos, this vacation home is within 6 mi (10 km) of Aquarena Center, Texas State University-San Marcos, and Bobcat Stadium. Strahan Coliseum ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (56 reviews)
Words cannot express the views and space!

"This beautiful home and property was used as a film location for a very large cast and crew. Quiet and peaceful, with fantastic sunset views. It was quite like a secret hideaway. Owner responded promptly when there was a problem. You'd be sorry not to rent out this property!"…"

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2021

Experience a Sunrise you Never Forget From the Deck at the House on Cox Hill
Secluded Cottage With Quick Access to Area Attractions
Secluded Cottage With Quick Access to Area Attractions
San Marcos, TX

Situated in San Marcos, this vacation home is within 12 mi (20 km) of San Marcos Academy Baseball Field, Texas State University-San Marcos, and Central Texas ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (8 reviews)
Nice home in Hill Country

"Great property with lots of privacy and peace and quiet."…"

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2020

Secluded Cottage With Quick Access to Area Attractions
Valley View Vacation Home by the Pool
Valley View Vacation Home by the Pool
San Marcos, TX

Set in San Marcos, this family-friendly vacation home is within 6 mi (10 km) of Aquarena Center, Texas State University-San Marcos, and San Marcos City Park. ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (32 reviews)
Dog friendly, pool getaway!!!

"Me and my husband had such a great time here!! I had a hard time finding somewhere that had a pool, was fenced in, and would accept a big and little dog. This place accommodated ALL of those things. The owner, Stephanie, is onsite but remains to herself completely. We only ran into her in the mornings ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2020

Valley View Vacation Home by the Pool
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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