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San Marcos River

San Marcos, TX 78666
+1 512-393-8400
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Half-Day River Tubing Experience on the San Marcos River from Austin
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A closed water supply from a natural spring at one end creates a unique environment for plants and animals found only on this river also popular with swimmers, snorkelers and for inner tubing.
  • Excellent73%
  • Very good22%
  • Average2%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“lions club” (45 reviews)
“tube rental” (10 reviews)
“city park” (9 reviews)
LOCATION
San Marcos, TX 78666
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+1 512-393-8400
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"lions club"
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"tube rental"
in 10 reviews
"city park"
in 9 reviews
"rented tubes"
in 10 reviews
"fish camp"
in 6 reviews
"year round"
in 12 reviews
"on the rocks"
in 5 reviews
"starting point"
in 5 reviews
"shuttle service"
in 6 reviews
"clear water"
in 9 reviews
"new braunfels"
in 9 reviews
"a lot of fun"
in 9 reviews
"texas hill country"
in 4 reviews
"whole family"
in 6 reviews
"parking lot"
in 6 reviews
"aquarena springs"
in 7 reviews
"love this place"
in 4 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday

This river is fantastic for tubing or swimming on a sweltering day. The water is super clean and lazy, but there are a few chutes at the end of the tubing area for a quick thrill. A great activity in San Marcos!

Thank viclapp
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This river is the reason that San Marcos is the longest continually-inhabited site in all of North America; people have lived here for 12,000 years! There's nothing better to do in the summer than go for a leisurely float down this gorgeous river.

Thank Liz_at_TheStockade
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was amazing!!! We took our own tubes and floated several miles as well as went down the waterfall, the water was beautiful and clean. The sitting areas were nice as well. There were a lot of people yet plenty of room. It is definitely...More

Thank laverne19781978
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We went down to the river with my daughter’s dog and they took a nice dip in the water. The spring fed river is crystal clear and a lot of locals including Texas State students were down there for a dip. The area near the...More

3  Thank Moved2Texas
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Reviewed 7 May 2018

San Marcos is one of the most interesting rivers you could experience in an urban area with it’s cool, clear spring water, beautiful vegetation and incredible wildlife. This river is conveniently accessed by several public parks and a lot of investment has been made to...More

1  Thank Jason H
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Reviewed 2 May 2018

We stopped for a short visit and swim in the river. The parks offer free access to swimming areas along the river. We arrived on a Sunday morning and had no trouble finding parking; however, when we were leaving around noon the parking area were...More

3  Thank ERL972
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Reviewed 17 April 2018 via mobile

It's so beautiful in the morning. It's so green and the water is so cleared you can see the bottom. Recommend coming here during the week if you don't want too many people around if not it's worth coming to take a canoe trip.

1  Thank Cataquiroz27
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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

We float regularly. It’s a peaceful and fun float. Our kids love the rocks for climbing and river fun. We like the leisurely pace!

Thank Jonesie O
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Reviewed 3 January 2018

Nice river despite an abundance of trash due to folks throwing beer cans, etc. into river (shame on you!). This float is VERY kid friendly and kid-full. I prefer less kids on my floats so this would be the last choice location for me as...More

1  Thank JBenziger
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Reviewed 1 January 2018

This is a beautiful clear river that runs through the heart of town. I have tubed it long ago with friends. The park also offers great seating to just enjoy the splendors. It is very quiet when it's not summer and you can enjoy the...More

Thank Lacey C
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Duany N
6 June 2018|
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Response from Jonesie O | Reviewed this property |
There are grills in the park areas. They fill up fast on the weekends. Beer in cans are fine. Glass containers are a no-go. Have fun!!
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lucsif
4 June 2018|
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Response from Moved2Texas | Reviewed this property |
Probably not - the San Marcos parks ban charcoal or wood fire cooking (can do some limited use of propane grills). If not going to a neighboring park, most of the other property, especially downstream past the dam where the... More
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Abigail G
30 May 2018|
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Response from Moved2Texas | Reviewed this property |
You can certainly go, but if you have non-swimmers it would be highly advisable to use personal flotation devices ("life jackets") in case you fall out of the tube. Much of the river is shallow, but there are spots where it... More
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