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Aquarena Center

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Address: 921 Aquarena Springs Dr., San Marcos, TX 78666
Phone Number: 512-245-7570
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Perfect budget experience

The Aquarena Center, though rather hard to find on the Texas State Campus, is a great budget experience. First, it's free unless you want to take the not-quite-tacky glass-bottom... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 4, 2015
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Traverse City, Michigan
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Traverse City, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

The Aquarena Center, though rather hard to find on the Texas State Campus, is a great budget experience. First, it's free unless you want to take the not-quite-tacky glass-bottom boat rides, which is well worth the price of admission. The boardwalk deck allows the opportunity to see numerous birds, along with turtles sunning on logs. The aquarium, such as it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Enjoyed the glass bottom boat tour & learning geological facts of this fault zone. The Edwards aquifer feeds this spring around which 140 species & many cultures have lived. Several kinds of turtles, bass, sunfish, salamanders & birds were seen Tour is 1/2 hour & aquarium is free & interesting. The landscape was full of flowering shrubs & butterflies. We... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

We found this place looking for geocaches. It was run by the university and very interesting. The glass bottom boat tour was great over the springs. The kids loved it. It's not super touristy and run more like a college program which was better in my opinion. Much more geared toward learning than tourism. Field trips that are here aren't... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

My family enjoy this bottom glass boat alot. I will recommend this place to anyone. Beautiful crystal clear water.

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N.D.
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3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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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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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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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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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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