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Address: 921 Aquarena Springs Dr., San Marcos, TX 78666
Phone Number: 512-245-7570
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Surprisingly interesting

Thought we would just see whatever was on the lake but learned so much more about the surrounding area. The tour guide suggested if we wanted more information just ask anyone of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 10, 2015
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N.D.
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12 reviews 12 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Thought we would just see whatever was on the lake but learned so much more about the surrounding area. The tour guide suggested if we wanted more information just ask anyone of the others, who worked there. The tour guide gave a lot of info but only has so much time to keep answering questions. The guy we asked was... More 

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88 reviews 88 reviews
72 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

The Aquarena Center consists of a small museum / educational centre, a short nature path and a glass-bottomed boat ride. The museum is free (I think), but really not all that exciting unless you particularly want to see a blind salamander. It's essentially just a few boards about things like soil types and different types of fish. There is a... More 

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Harker Heights, Texas, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

We took our teenage girls and we loved it! Will be going again though so we can hear and talk more with the tour guide since there was a family with two unruly, loud, very rotten kids. I understand that kids have bad days, however, I blame the parents. Anyways, our guide was phenomenal, especially considering the circumstances. Aquarium next... More 

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Humble, Texas
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139 reviews 139 reviews
7 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

If you just want to hang out with family and float in a small area, San Marcos River is perfect. If your looking for a longer float, other options in the area are better.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

My children, my wife and I enjoyed it. It's real simple, and worth the price. The aquarium is real neat too. All in all, I was really impressed with it. I would love to do it again. Maybe the fish will be bigger by then?!?!

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San Antonio, Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

I used a groupon and went with my family of 5 for just $18. We loved it. It was fun, educational, pretty... a good value for the money. We had a great afternoon in the boat and aquarium. I will recommend it to friends.

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San Antonio, Texas, USA
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56 reviews 56 reviews
17 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

This is a nice relaxing boat ride with informative guides who share history and biology of the Springs. You get a great view of fish, turtles, springs, and even the San Marcos fault line all in a comfortable boat. You can follow your ride up with a walk through the wetlands and a trip through their small aquarium/education center. It's... More 

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Austin, Texas, United States
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

This was a great boat trip. The guide was so informative and friendly. We will be sure to return to this adventure again. It was a delightful tour, and we learned so much about the water life.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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72 reviews 72 reviews
12 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014 via mobile

This place has been around for many years. Great to take kids and adults to ride the glass bottom boats and the guide will explain the entire adventure. You will be amazed at all the aquatic life and how this spring lake was formed don't miss out

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Falls Church
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29 reviews 29 reviews
22 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

My kids had a blast looking down at the glass bottom boat and seeing all the sea life. The best part about the whole experience was our guide - she was awesome, kept the kids engaged, told great stories, and was very patient! I had remembered this place from when I was a kid and it was an amusement attraction.... More 

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