San Marcos Pop. 34,733 Alt. 581


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 world’s 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 city.

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. It’s 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 "Devil’s 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. "Lion’s 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 / 396-5466.

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.


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