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Family Vacation Spots in Texas – San Marcos

Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos TX

San Marcos, Texas is called the “City That Charms” and for good reason. It is a small town located in the Texas Hill Country close to the larger cities of Austin and San Antonio. This is an excellent area for a fun-filled family vacation in Texas. San Marcos is the home of Texas State University and it draws thousands of year-round visitors.

Water fun

One of the most popular activities that the whole family enjoys is to go tubing on the San Marcos River. There are local companies that rent equipment for a day on the river, including tubes, kayaks and canoes. There are also great spots to stop and jump in for a swim in the cool water.

Also nearby are the Blanco and Guadalupe rivers where you can also spend a leisurely day afloat.

The Texas State University operates the Aquarena Center, which educates the public about the Edwards Aquifer and the San Marcos River. You can all take a ride on the glass-bottom boats, a popular attraction that has been taking visitors out on the river for nearly 60 years. Tickets are $9 for adults and $6 for children aged 4-15.

If your family loves a day at the water park, you can drive over to New Braunfels and visit the original Schlitterbahn Waterpark. There are tons of exciting water rides that will keep everyone screaming with excitement. Adult tickets are $34.50; children $28.50. They also offer discounts for multi-day passes.

Mid Float

Educational fun

For some dry activities, take the family to Wonder World Park. The park offers cave tours, a wildlife park, train rides as well as educational programs about earthquakes. Tickets are $19.95 for adults 13 and over; $14.95 for ages 6-12 and $7.50 for kids 3-5. Included in your ticket is a cave tour, Anti-Gravity House, Wildlife Petting Park and Tejas Tower.

Shopping and dining fun

San Marcos is also known for its outlet malls that are full of shops to suit every style. And no trip to San Marcos would be complete without enjoying the local cuisine at any of the great restaurants serving steaks and Tex-Mex food.


There is always something great for the whole family to enjoy in San Marcos. When you plan your stay there, you are also close enough to some of the major cities that you can make a day trip to visit some other sites, including the Alamo in San Antonio.

Get your family ready for some Texas-sized fun in one of the greatest little towns in the state and start planning your trip today.

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