Ann’s guide to local fun

Ann

Ann’s guide to local fun

Sightseeing
This is a great family activity! Purchase tickets for a glass bottom boat tour and cruise Spring Lake, the headwaters of the San Marcos River. Watch the 72 degree water bubble up from beneath the limestone and learn about the natural history of Aquarena Springs, the longest inhabited site in North America.
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The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment
201 San Marcos Springs Drive
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This is a great family activity! Purchase tickets for a glass bottom boat tour and cruise Spring Lake, the headwaters of the San Marcos River. Watch the 72 degree water bubble up from beneath the limestone and learn about the natural history of Aquarena Springs, the longest inhabited site in North America.
Located in city park and open during the summer months, the San Marcos Lions Club rents tubes you can use to float down river to Rio Vista dam. They pick you up and shuttle you back up river to do it again. This is a popular summer activity and this section of the river can get very crowded.
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San Marcos Lions Club Tube Rental
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Located in city park and open during the summer months, the San Marcos Lions Club rents tubes you can use to float down river to Rio Vista dam. They pick you up and shuttle you back up river to do it again. This is a popular summer activity and this section of the river can get very crowded.
Dedicated in 1755, Mission Concepción is a designated National Historic Landmark and is part of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. In 2015, it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is also an active parish where you can attend Sunday Mass. The 12pm service is accompanied by mariachi music.
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Mission Concepción
807 Mission Road
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Dedicated in 1755, Mission Concepción is a designated National Historic Landmark and is part of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. In 2015, it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is also an active parish where you can attend Sunday Mass. The 12pm service is accompanied by mariachi music.
Located in neighboring New Braunfels and open March to September, this outdoor waterpark is really three parks in one. Rides in the original section of Schlitterbahn are powered by natural spring water diverted from the Comal River. The other sections are separated by a few city blocks. There is free parking, you can bring your own picnic and a free tram service will take you back and forth.
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Schlitterbahn
400 North Liberty Avenue
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Located in neighboring New Braunfels and open March to September, this outdoor waterpark is really three parks in one. Rides in the original section of Schlitterbahn are powered by natural spring water diverted from the Comal River. The other sections are separated by a few city blocks. There is free parking, you can bring your own picnic and a free tram service will take you back and forth.
The Wittliff presents major exhibitions year-round; hosts readings, artist talks, lectures and other events; publishes significant books from its holdings; and makes its collections available to statewide, national, and international researchers. The Wittliff welcomes visitors, tours and classes. Admission is always free. https://www.thewittliffcollections.txstate.edu/#mscf4e8a925f_f=Visitor
The Wittliff Collections
The Wittliff presents major exhibitions year-round; hosts readings, artist talks, lectures and other events; publishes significant books from its holdings; and makes its collections available to statewide, national, and international researchers. The Wittliff welcomes visitors, tours and classes. Admission is always free. https://www.thewittliffcollections.txstate.edu/#mscf4e8a925f_f=Visitor
Take a day trip to Canyon Lake to hike and have dinner at the lake. The trail in Overlook Park runs the length of the dam at Canyon Lake and connects into the woods in Overlook Park. Trail head is by the parking area near the dam. The trail can be seen to the left of the parking area. Part of the trail goes into the woods by the large cactus patch around the corner. Look for the tall brown posts with numbers on them. Trail 1 designates the main trail through the park. There are several branches off of trail 1 that are steeper for those that like a challenge. Then get a margarita and watch the sunset from the porch at Baja BBQ Shack.
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Overlook Park
601 Coe Road
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Take a day trip to Canyon Lake to hike and have dinner at the lake. The trail in Overlook Park runs the length of the dam at Canyon Lake and connects into the woods in Overlook Park. Trail head is by the parking area near the dam. The trail can be seen to the left of the parking area. Part of the trail goes into the woods by the large cactus patch around the corner. Look for the tall brown posts with numbers on them. Trail 1 designates the main trail through the park. There are several branches off of trail 1 that are steeper for those that like a challenge. Then get a margarita and watch the sunset from the porch at Baja BBQ Shack.
Food scene
From 9am-1pm on Saturdays, the south side of the square closes to traffic so that friends and neighbors can meet to pick up fresh produce, enjoy local music, and catch up on the week's events. Bring a blanket to lounge on the courthouse lawn and let the kids run in the shade of the pecan trees.
San Marcos Farmers' Market
155 East San Antonio Street
From 9am-1pm on Saturdays, the south side of the square closes to traffic so that friends and neighbors can meet to pick up fresh produce, enjoy local music, and catch up on the week's events. Bring a blanket to lounge on the courthouse lawn and let the kids run in the shade of the pecan trees.