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San Marcos River

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Address: San Marcos, TX
Description: 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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Fun in the river

We had a blast tied my 6 year old to us floated all.the down to the falls and yes we rode them my daughter loves the river..my boyfriend loves all the girls in swim wear lol he is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

We had a blast tied my 6 year old to us floated all.the down to the falls and yes we rode them my daughter loves the river..my boyfriend loves all the girls in swim wear lol he is 16 years younger than I am but we have kids and so much fun. Hoping to move to san marcos tx .... More 

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Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

We rented a canoe and kayak and did the "2 hour" trip down the river. It was a beautiful day and a lovely way to spend the morning.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Floated 3 different times while in town for 5 days to visit family & loved every minute of it! We were able to fill our tubes close by, hop in the river, a 10 minute walk back to the car & was ready to go again. The river is clean & the perfect temp. If I could do it everyday,... More 

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Austin, Texas
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Some people scuba the bottoms for lost and found treasures! Bring a cooler and a six pack. Don't forget your ID. Cops can ask you to get out and check your ID if they see you drinking. There are plenty of places to hop in the river for free. I usually bring my own tube but there are areas that... More 

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Houston, Texas
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

We did tubing in the clear water of san marcos river and flow was very slow till Ria vista park and there were 3 rapid which was real fun. Very first rapid blow me out of tube. please wear life jacket if you planning to do kayaking or tubing unless you are very good swimmer.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Real Texans know that natural springs are the only real way to beat the relentless heat of the long hot Texas summer. That being said. The San Marcos is unique in that it comes out the ground right there in San Marcos and the flows through town. The City of San Marcos graciously offer a city park along the river... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

The San Marcos river is such a beautiful part of Texas. It has a steady flow and is almost crystal clear! Also, if you enjoy wildlife, there are many water birds and fish to view. Texas wild rice is also common in the area and is beautiful if you look at it from a distance or from a bridge. Note:... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Went here off to "feed the ducks" with the bread we were carrying for a couple days because we couldn't find any takers until here. My wife has an obsession with feeding the birds and ducks with bread leftovers. It was clean and not moldy so give it a rest. The 2 we found clamored over each other from about... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

very interesting learning about the history of the springs. guide was very knowledgeable. Fun to watch the fish and turtles in the water below

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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

I do not know how Trip Advisor rates things, but this is clearly the pride and gem of the whole San Marcos area. I am not sure how an antique car place comes up rated higher. There are many city parks available to access the river. Depending on how old the kids are, where you go might be a choice.... More 

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