San Marcos, TX

Provided by Visit San Marcos

San Marcos really is the place to be. The vibrant colors, sounds, textures, flavors, and most importantly, people of San Marcos have created a unique local culture that you simply have to experience for yourself.

The Heart of San Marcos

Downtown San Marcos is the heart of San Marcos with the Historic Hays County Courthouse at its center. Boutiques, specialty shops, delicious eateries, hot nightlife spots, and more are centralized in downtown. Make sure to explore the alleyways and nooks and crannies for colorful artworks in unexpected places.

San Marcos, TX

Local Live Music & Nightlife

While “The Square” in Downtown San Marcos is literal, the vibes are anything but! San Marcos comes alive when the sun goes down and the neon lights turn on. There’s always something going on in San Marcos and you can bet you’ll find live music every night of the week. Legendary career-launching stages. Small hole-in-the-wall bars. Big two-story concert theater. Quaint coffee shops with local vibes. You never know what cool scene you’ll find while exploring. 

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Experience The Colors of San Marcos

Murals, markets, mermaid sculptures, and more show off the colors of San Marcos. Keep an eye out – you’ll find murals both mini and massive while exploring San Marcos. Visit Wimberley Glassworks to watch artists at work as they hand-blow their colorful glass creations. There are lots of vintage and art markets popping up on the weekends, with Art Squared being the largest on the second Saturday of each month. 

San Marcos, TX

Outdoor Adventures

Outdoor lovers will find plenty of ways to explore natural San Marcos. From leisurely strolls to more challenging hikes, there are plenty of trails for outdoor adventurers of all fitness levels. No matter what trail you choose, you’ll feel miles away from civilization even though you’re right in the middle of town. 

You can’t talk about the natural beauty of San Marcos without mentioning the San Marcos River. The spring-fed river bubbles to life from hundreds of springs in the City’s center and stays 72 degrees year-round. Talk about a perfect place to dip a paddle or your toes!

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Classic Attractions

With so many things to attract you to San Marcos, it can be hard to choose what to do first. Take an iconic Glass-Bottom Boat Tour at The Meadows Center. Journey down into an earthquake-formed cave at Wonder World Cave & Adventure Park. See historic military warbirds up close at the Commemorative Air Force Central Texas Wing. Learn more about a famous former resident, President Lyndon B. Johnson at the LBJ Museum. Celebrate Texas music, Lonesome Dove, and more at The Wittliff Collections. And, of course, so much more! 

San Marcos, TX

Shop BIG at the San Marcos Outlets

Did you know San Marcos has one of the largest outlet shopping malls in the United States? We’re talking 210 name-brand and luxury stores offering some incredible deals! In fact, the San Marcos Outlets are the only Texas location for many outlet stores, such as: Brahmin, CH Carolina Herrera, Dooney & Bourke, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, MCM, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, Saint Laurent, Versace, West Elm, and Williams-Sonoma, and more.

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