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Aquarena Center

921 Aquarena Springs Dr., San Marcos, TX 78666
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Ranked #1 of 5 activities in San Marcos
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Denton, United States
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

For less than ten dollars a person, you can glide along in a glass bottomed boat, walk along a hiking trail and tour an aquarium. The glass boat allows you to see turtles, fish, and eels gliding along among the springs and plants in the clear water. The cottonwood trees keep it nice and cool, even on the hottest days.... More

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Austin, Texas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

A San Marcos classic. What started as an amusement park with mermaid shows and a swimming pig has become a chance to learn about water at its source. Take the glass bottom boat tour to see everything in the water from the bubbling springs to the fish and fauna. Kids will love to see what's in the crystal clear water.... More

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Dallas, Texas
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93 reviews 93 reviews
29 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We really enjoyed seeing the springs under the lake. It was amazing how clean and clear the water was- it made it so easy to see all the way down to the bottom. When you arrive, you will have to go to the parking kiosk and get a $3 permit since it is university owned. If you Like The Meadows... More

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Zapata, Texas, United States
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

While I can still remember visiting in the early 90s and my husband in the 80s when it use to be Aquarena Springs, I am very pleased with what it has become. Very educational exhibits and boat tour. The best part is looking around at the beautiful scenery surrounding the lake and hearing the birds. Great place to take pictures... More

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7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Check out the boardwalk over the river, very interesting and cool, ride the glass bottom boats, have some Blue Bell ice cream. They have been fixing it up the past few years, no more submarine theatre, tram ride, but the small aquarium is still there at last visit, plus lots of squirrels, and small furry animals too!

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Austin, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

You'd have to be a true hick not to appreciate what they've done with the park. Now it is a place for science; education of basic geology, archaeology, anthropology, history and water studies. No, they don't have a swimming pig anymore, but they are definitely dedicated to the preservation of the several endangered/threatened species that live in that particular habitat... More

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Houston, Texas
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

I have been here on several occasion's. It appears to me that every time I visit I learn something new about this lake. It's very educational and interesting. It's a family orientation tour especially for the kids they will learn something about geology and some history. If you live in Texas this is a great vacation spot....

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Houston, Texas
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54 reviews 54 reviews
32 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

I used to visit this place as Aquarena Springs when I was a child, so I looked forward to seeing it again as an educational center. I had difficulty finding it, its near a lot of the university buildings, I couldn't find anything to mark the direction to go. I finally took a guess and turned by the Salt Grass... More

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Fort Worth, Texas
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Glass bottomed boats were incredible with a wonderful view of the lake. Everything else was covered by the $3 parking fee.

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Salisbury, North Carolina
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75 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

Now part of the University of Texas - San Marcos, The Meadows Center formerly was the private Aquarena Center. The glass bottom boats (actually, more of a viewing tank running the length of the boat) provide excellent views of the springs and fish since the water is so clear. The boat captain provides an interesting narrative. The on-site aquarium contains... More

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