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San MarcosUnited States of America

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.

Top Hotels 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

Situated in San Marcos, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from San Marcos Premium Outlets and within 6 miles (10 km) of Texas State University-San Marcos and Seton ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,107 reviews)

"There was a silver fish bug in the bath tub and the guy cleaning the tables in the dining area was not spraying them with disinfectant. Just had a wet rag he was using on all the tables. Other than that it was great. Good breakfast and a great location."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 19, 2020

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham San Marcos Outlet Mall
Comfort Inn & Suites
Comfort Inn & Suites
2.5 out of 5
1053 Clovis Barker Dr, San Marcos, TX
The price is CA $77 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Situated in the business district, this hotel is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from San Marcos Premium Outlets and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Seton Heart Institute - WellMed San ...

4.3/5Excellent! (970 reviews)

"The room was a little out dated, but it is close to everything and the price was right👍Can’t complain."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 12, 2020

Comfort Inn & Suites
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Austin San Marcos
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Austin San Marcos
3.5 out of 5
1250 North IH-35, San Marcos, TX
The price is CA $112 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 9

Situated in San Marcos, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Bobcat Ballpark and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Texas State University-San Marcos. Bobcat Softball Stadium ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (804 reviews)

"Good location and friendly staff. Nice rooms with a great view."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 20, 2020

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Austin San Marcos
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.

Vacation Rentals in San Marcos

Homestead House-rustic Log Cabin,game Room, Movie Theater, Hot Tub, Etc
Homestead House-rustic Log Cabin,game Room, Movie Theater, Hot Tub, Etc
401 Rim Rock Ranch Rd, San Marcos, TX

Situated in San Marcos, this holiday home is within 9 miles (15 km) of Central Texas Bonsai Exhibit at Jade Gardens, Jack Glover's Cowboy Museum and Blue Hole ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (25 reviews)
Four Generations Getaway

"We had a great time in the relaxing hill country with time to sit on the front porch and s’mores around the fire pit. So many options for places for spending time together playing board games in the screened in porch to frisbee golf in the yard all around the house to eating at the large round table ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 26, 2020

Homestead House-rustic Log Cabin,game Room, Movie Theater, Hot Tub, Etc
Cedar Vista-rustic Luxury Incredible Views! Hot Tub, Fire Pit, 2 Bedrm/ 2 Bath
Cedar Vista-rustic Luxury Incredible Views! Hot Tub, Fire Pit, 2 Bedrm/ 2 Bath
401 Rim Rock Ranch Rd, San Marcos, TX

Situated in San Marcos, this cabin is within 9 miles (15 km) of Central Texas Bonsai Exhibit at Jade Gardens, Jack Glover's Cowboy Museum and Blue Hole Regional ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (22 reviews)
Cedar Vista

"We celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary at Cedar Vista cabin - plenty of privacy! The cabin is endearing and perfect for a couple or comfortable for 6 if required. The view from the back wrap around porch is amazing!! Very nice change of pace away from home!"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 25, 2020

Cedar Vista-rustic Luxury Incredible Views! Hot Tub, Fire Pit, 2 Bedrm/ 2 Bath
The Palmer's Guest House - The Great Getaway in Central San Marcos
The Palmer's Guest House - The Great Getaway in Central San Marcos
San Marcos, TX

Located in the heart of San Marcos, this historic cottage is within a 15-minute walk of Calaboose African American History Museum and Texas State University-San ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (96 reviews)
Palmer Guest House San Marcos Tx

"Beautiful property contected to the best restaurant in central Texas"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 16, 2020

The Palmer's Guest House - The Great Getaway in Central San Marcos
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.

Popular places to visit in San Marcos

Schlitterbahn New Braunfels Waterpark and Resort
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Schlitterbahn New Braunfels Waterpark and Resort

5/5(2 reviews)

Although it is home to one of the longest water rides in the world and attracts visitors from all over the world, this amusement park in Texas maintains its homey family-owned spirit. 

Landa Park
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Landa Park

Choose from a range of laid-back pursuits on land or water at this serene public space just a short drive from San Antonio.

Top things to do in San Marcos

Private Limousine Tour of Texas Hill Country Wineries
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Private Limousine Tour of Texas Hill Country Wineries

CA $699
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
First-Time Tandem Skydiving Experience
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First-Time Tandem Skydiving Experience

CA $289
Per adult
Guided Fishing Trip on Canyon Lake
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Guided Fishing Trip on Canyon Lake

CA $478
Per adult
Skip the Line: Austin Zoo - General Admission Ticket
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Skip the Line: Austin Zoo - General Admission Ticket

CA $20
Per adult
Austin Guided Outdoor Climbing Experience
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Austin Guided Outdoor Climbing Experience

CA $217
Per adult
San Antonio Ghost Tour
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San Antonio Ghost Tour

CA $27
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend