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San Marcos River

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Address: San Marcos, TX
Phone Number: +1 512-393-8400

A closed water supply from a natural spring at one end creates a unique...

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.

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A River Run

We took the dog. We had wonderful fun. It was a little crowded. The river is beautiful! It's nice for a dip, a picnic, or just to dangle your feet.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Mary B
Austin, Texas
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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We took the dog. We had wonderful fun. It was a little crowded. The river is beautiful! It's nice for a dip, a picnic, or just to dangle your feet.

Thank Mary B
San Marcos, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a tranquil place to go and relax. Awesome place to go tubing, and wonderful place to swim in the summer.

Thank mxwill0216
Sheldon, VT
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From the parking lot along the river it is a short half mile walk to downtown where we saw unicyclists, restaurants, and a very colorful Texas town

Thank Harold S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

My wife and I made it a point to walk along the San Marcos River Walk in order to view the beautiful scenery and enjoy the outdoors. The walk was easy to navigate with mostly paved, smooth trails. Beautiful scenery, peaceful and lots of opportunities to sit, relax or reflect. Several areas of recreation to take advantage of, such as... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

We were in San Marcos considering a possible move here. After checking it out while we loved the new development called Kissing Tree, we realized that what we had was hard to beat. Having driven fromDallas, about 500 mile round trip, we decided to look around. The San Marcos River is fantastic and worth a visit.

Thank bwannan
New Braunfels, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Usually hit the river after a round of disc golf at the college or Kyle. Mainly been during the week and it is not crowded at all. Have not been there on any week-end.

Thank jbaum64
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Cool , clear spring water greets the tuber as she enters the river. Let the current take you down at a slow walking speed. Bring a cooler for the beer or water...it gets its own tube, of course! Lots of people watching along the way. At the end, hot bus ride back to your starting point but well worth the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Great to go tubing down the river . It's beautiful and refreshing. Make sure to pack sunscreens And food as depending on the river level could be a few hours. Packed during the weekends in the summer. Can be noisy as people bring stereos. A lot of people drink and smoke so make sure I You are ok with that... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

The San Marcos River is one of the most beautiful things about Texas. Such a fun summer activity to take friends and family to. Bring your cooler tube and fill up your cooler with as much beer as possible and have yourself the best time ever. The river is the perfect temperature for the Texas summer heat.

Thank amanilopes
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

Tubing down the river is incredible. One trick is to buy into that the largest bee and they have an air pump that you can pump it up for free. Park and take Uber to return back to your car.

Thank Diane H

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