Shopping, Entertainment, and Outdoor Adventure, all in one Place: San Marcos, Texas

Verónica Santamaría

Aquarena Center, San Marcos Texas

San Marcos is a city with a rich history and multicultural heritage, where traditions of Anglo-American, Hispanic, Afro-American, and German roots combine. The quality of life in this destination beats any other in the state of Texas thanks to its excellent climate, low cost of living, large variety of schools, and wide range of available outdoor activities.

San Marcos is also excellently located, just 30 miles southeast of Austin and 45 miles northeast of San Antonio. The city offers fun, entertainment, shopping, and business, as well as natural settings ideal for enjoying different recreational activities.

Experience San Marcos

Paddleboard on the San Marcos River

The main tourist attraction here is the San Marcos River, where you can enjoy peaceful rides on inflatable tubes at Lions Tube Rental, kayaking, snorkeling, stand-up paddle boarding, or just sunbathing on the riverbank.

Hays County Courthouse in San Marcos, Texas

Discover the city's historic downtown area, which is full of restaurants, cafes, and nightclubs. This is also where you'll find Hays County Courthouse, as well as a great array of stores and boutiques.

Outdoor Activities in San Marcos, Texas

While you're in the city, don't miss out on the chance to enjoy the glass bottom boat tour from the Aquarena Center, which will take you to see the flora and fauna of Spring Lake. Another great place to go is Wonder World Park, home to an earthquake-formed cave, an anti-gravity house, and a small zoo; it is fantastic for a fun family day out.

San Marcos also has lots of interesting museums, including Dick's Classic Garage Car Museum, which houses a collection of 65 restored cars from as far back as 1929, highlighting the golden years of the American automotive industry. The LBJ Museum of San Marcos aims to preserve the legacy of former president Lyndon Baines Johnson, featuring exhibits from his formative years and time as a school teacher. Also worth visiting is the Commemorative Air Force Exhibit, housed in a wooden hanger built in 1943, where you'll find a collection of Allied planes used during the Second World War.

San Marcos: A Paradise for Shopping

Malls in San Marcos, Texas

Given that the city features the largest outlet malls in the United States, shopping in San Marcos is a big thing. In fact, it has become one of the major attractions for tourists and locals alike.

San Marcos Premium Outlets is the city's main mall, featuring luxury stores and prestigious brands like Fendi, Gucci, Neiman Marcus and Salvatore Ferragamo. Another place not to be missed by shopaholics is Tangier Outlets, which offers more than 100 world-famous brands and outlet stores by renowned designers, including Tommy Hilfiger and Kenneth Cole.

Art and Culture

Sculpture Garden, San Marcos, Texas

Art, culture, and history are ever-present in San Marcos, a city where you'll always find some kind of event, gallery, museum, recital, or theater show to enjoy. The Performing Arts Center at Texas State University, Walkers' Gallery, the River Mural Mosaic, the Sculpture Garden, and Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos (San Marcos Hispanic Center of Culture) are just some of the many cultural places you can visit while you're here.

San Marcos River

Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of San Marcos, a destination with excellent outdoor recreational options that offers culture, history, gastronomy, natural beauty, business, sports, shopping, and family entertainment. Visit this unique city and get the most from your time here when you stay at one of the fantastic hotels in San Marcos!

Written by Veronica Santamaria