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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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Floated

A wonderful float with lion club. It was short but still the parks were amazing. Rio Vista was amazing.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 28, 2015
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Pearland, Texas
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6 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

This was our 1st time at this river. Well, after going down one of the falls, we flipped out of our tubes, lost a couple of pairs of glasses, lost a tube, and received bruised and scrapped up knees and legs. We were lucky no one drowned or got hurt seriously. Well, apparently we didn't get the message to keep... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

A wonderful float with lion club. It was short but still the parks were amazing. Rio Vista was amazing.

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

This is truly a lazy river. We rented our tubes from the Lions club. The staff was really nice. Get here early before the crowds. The dam is a lot of fun.

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San Marcos, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Beautiful crystal clear water at constant year-round temperature. Tube, float, swim or kayak. The river originates at Aquarena Springs in San Marcos and flows all the way to Gonzales. Along the way it is joined by the Balnco & Guadalupe rivers. You can spend a couple of hours or a couple of days, depending on your preference. Tubes can be... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 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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13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 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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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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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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Address: Address: San Marcos, TX
Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  San Marcos

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