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San Marcos, Texas
617 IH 35 North
San Marcos, TX 78666
512.393.5930
www.toursanmarcos.com
San Marcos, Texas

Attractions in San Marcos

Whether you enjoy spending time outdoors, hunting for bargains, or perusing museums, you’ll feel right at home in San Marcos. The striking San Marcos River, vast outlet shopping malls, and hundreds of acres of parks are among the top attractions in San Marcos, an inviting Hill Country town nestled between San Antonio and Austin. Continue reading to see what San Marcos has to offer.


Calaboose African American Museum
Discover the trials, tribulations and experiences of African Americans in the earliest days of Texas at the Calaboose African American Museum. Letters, books, photographs and antiques make up the permanent collection at the museum. Rotating exhibits related to the Civil Rights era, World War II Military and more are available throughout the year. The museum is open on Saturdays, and private tours can be arranged by calling (512) 353-0124.
200 Martin Luther King Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666
(512) 353-0124


Cheatham Street Warehouse
There are very few music venues that have as much musical reverence and historical charm as Cheatham Street Warehouse. The place where George Strait, Randy Rogers, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Shelley King, John Arthur Martinez, Todd Snider, Slaid Cleaves, Terri Hendrix and many more honed their skills – Cheatham Street Warehouse is a music-lovers paradise.
119 Cheatham Street
San Marcos, TX 78666
(512) 353 - 3777


Commemorative Air Force Exhibit
Housed in a 1943 vintage wooden hangar, the Central Texas Wing is home to airworthy historic military warbirds. Permanent assigned aircraft includes a B-25 Mitchell Bomber (Yellow Rose), the only flying Bell P-39 fighter plane in the western hemisphere (Miss Connie),  a newly restored C-45 (Lone Star Lady) and other extraordinary aircraft. The hangar features an excellent military museum and the Stokes Library with one of the largest collections of military books – many out of print. Touch history and climb onboard an actual WWII airplane.
1841 Airport Driver
San Marcos, TX 78666
(512) 396-1943


Dick’s Classic Garage Car Museum
Classic car enthusiasts can’t miss a visit to Dick’s Classic Garage Car Museum, a San Marcos-based collection of iconic automobiles from the dawn of motoring to the late 1950’s. Cars ranging from the 1918 Milburn Electric, one of the earliest electric-motor vehicles in history, to the 1959 Chevrolet Corvette are on display at the museum. Dick’s Classic Garage Car Museum is open seven day a week year-round, except on major holidays.
120 Stagecoach Trail
San Marcos, TX 78666
(512) 878-2406


John J. Stokes San Marcos River City Park
Cast a line, check out the wildlife and escape the Texas summer heat at the John J. Stokes San Marcos River City Park. This urban six-acre natural area includes a man-made 30-foot-tall waterfall and the pristine San Marcos River great for swimming, fishing and boating. Hiking and biking trails weave throughout the park, offering plenty of space for fun outside of the water.
Cape Street
San Marcos, TX 78666
(512) 847-3435


Purgatory Creek Natural Area
Purgatory Creek Natural Area is a sprawling 570-acre park full of dense juniper thickets, meadows, canyon bluffs, oak trees, and a creek. Numerous hiking trails wander through Purgatory Creek, putting you in the midst of unblemished Hill Country terrain. Much of the park is still primitive, and there are no restrooms or water fountains, so make sure you’re prepared before exploring the area.
Ranch Road 12
San Marcos, TX 78666
(512) 393-8400


Middleton Brewing
Middleton Brewing offers an impressive range of Belgian- and American-style craft beers at its brewpub in San Marcos. Enjoy such favorites as the Garnet Belgian Amber Ale and the Black Lab Porter while you savor a relaxing ambience in the pub or the dog-friendly outdoor seating area. So bring your pup and savor a pint at Middleton Brewing on Thursdays through Mondays.
101 Oakwood Loop
San Marcos, TX 78666
(512) 847-3435


Paddle SMTX
Paddle SMTX offers paddleboard and kayak night tours, paddleboard yoga and paddleboard rentals on the San Marcos River. For a unique experience, take one of the SUP Glow Night Tours. Each board is equipped with waterproof LED lighting that lights up the river below, offering a very cool view of the aquatic flora and fauna.
602 North IH-35
San Marcos, TX 78666
(214) 435-8899


Premium Outlets
Shop and save big at San Marcos Premium Outlets, an outdoor shopping center made up of more than 140 luxury and brand-name outlet stores. Big-time retailers such as Gucci, Coach, Neiman Marcus, Giorgio Armani and Nike have stores at the outlet mall, where you’ll also find a large food court and a playground.
3939 South IH-35 Frontage Road #900
San Marcos, TX 78666
(512) 396-2200


Purgatory Creek Natural Area
Purgatory Creek Natural Area is a sprawling 570-acre park full of dense juniper thickets, meadows, canyon bluffs, oak trees and a creek. Numerous hiking trails wander through Purgatory Creek, putting you in the midst of unblemished Hill Country terrain. Much of the park is still primitive, there are no restrooms or water fountains, so make sure you’re prepared before exploring the area.
Ranch Road 12
San Marcos, TX 78666
(512) 393-8400


Ringtail Ridge Natural Area
A diverse set of flora and fauna provide more than enough reason to visit Ringtail Ridge Natural Area, a more than 40-acre park situated on San Marcos’ northwest side. More than two miles of trails wind through flowering meadows, cactus stands, and thickets of persimmon and oak trees. This diverse ecosystem provides an ideal environment for a wide variety of animals, including many kinds of birds and butterflies. 
1814 RM12
San Marcos, TX 78666
(512) 393-8400


San Marcos Downtown Square
The heart of San Marcos is its downtown square, where you’ll find charming cafes, lively bars, boutique shops and art galleries. These unique shops and restaurants face the stunning Hays County Courthouse, a three-story structure built in 1909 that is composed of gray brick walls, towering columns and a copper dome. San Marcos’ bustling square hosts many of the city’s marquee events, such as Swing on the Square and the Wine and Wassail Walk.
111 East San Antonio Street
San Marcos, TX 78666
(512) 393-5930


San Marcos Premium Outlets
Shop and save big at San Marcos Premium Outlets, an outdoor shopping center made up of 140 luxury and brand-name outlet stores. Big-time retailers such as Gucci, Coach, Neiman Marcus, Giorgio Armani, and Nike have stores at the outlet mall, where you’ll also find a large food court and a playground.
3939 South IH-35 Frontage Road #900
San Marcos, TX 78666
(512) 396-2200


Spring Lake Natural Area
Hike through acres of pristine Hill Country terrain in the Spring Lake Natural Area, a primitive 250-acre park that features several miles of natural-surface hiking trails. The mostly undisturbed park is home to a wide variety of plant and animal life, including deer and other large mammals.
921 Aquarena Springs Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666
(512) 392-7457


Tanger Outlets - San Marcos
Millions of bargain hunters head to Tanger Outlets in San Marcos for deals at more than 100 shops, including popular brand-name stores such as American Eagle Outfitters, Fossil and Hollister. Major restaurants like Outback Steak House and Cracker Barrel, as well as a food truck plaza, make up the dining options at the outlet mall.
4015 South Interstate 35
San Marcos, TX 78666
(512) 396-7446


The Meadows Center
The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment is an educational center dedicated to the preservation of the unique archeological and biological resources of Spring Lake. Take a Glass-Bottom Boat Tour for an in-depth look at the natural beauty of Spring Lake and make sure to stop by Discovery Hall for a look at the endangered species exhibits, interactive exhibits and aquarium.
201 San Marcos Springs Dr
San Marcos, TX 78666
(512) 245-7570


The Wittliff Collections
The Wittliff Collections is a veritable treasury of Southwestern literature, film, music and photography created by some of the region’s top writers and artists. Browse the largest collection of modern and contemporary Mexican photography in the country, as well as the major archives of such notable writers as Cormac McCarthy and Sam Shepard. The Wittliff Collections is located on the seventh floor of the Albert B. Alkek Library on the campus of Texas State University.
601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666
(512) 245-2686


Three Dudes Winery
Delicious Texas-made wine and a peaceful ambiance await wine oenophiles at Three Dudes Winery in San Marcos. The winery, located just east of town, has a charmingly rustic tasting room and offers a variety of tasty red and white wines crafted with grapes grown in the Lone Star State. Wine lovers can relax in the outdoor patio or on the riverside terrace that overlooks the pristine San Marcos River. Three Dudes Winery’s tasting room is open seven days a week throughout the year.
125 Old Martindale Road
San Marcos, TX 78666
(512) 392-5634


Wimberley Glassworks
Wimberley Glassworks is an art glass studio that produces vases, sculptures, platters and other items. The studio features a gallery of its artworks and provides daily live glassblowing demonstrations at its location just a few miles west of San Marcos.
6469 Ranch Road 12
San Marcos, TX 78666
(512) 393-3316


Wonder World Park
Visit Wonder World Park, a unique theme park known for its Balcones Fault Line Cave, the first show cave in Texas. Explore the cave’s depths, climb the 190-foot-tall Tejas Observation Tower to take in a panoramic view of the Hill Country, and go for a ride through Mystery Mountain and Wildlife Park, where you can feed and interact with deer and other animals. Don’t forget the mind-bending anti-gravity house and the on-site store and café, where you can get a souvenir and a quick snack.
1000 Prospect Street
San Marcos, TX 78666
(512) 392-3760

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San Marcos, Texas
617 IH 35 North
San Marcos, TX 78666
512.393.5930
www.toursanmarcos.com
San Marcos, Texas

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