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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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I go as often as I can during the summer!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

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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152 reviews 152 reviews
57 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
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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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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70 reviews 70 reviews
15 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
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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San Marcos, Texas
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40 reviews 40 reviews
10 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

OK. We love toobing or kyiaking down the San Marcos....from the gentle current down to the falls, until...well, THE FALLS...lost my beer, um, sunglasses...hat..and lots of other stuff every time I've gone down. What fun! Come if you want....please make it during the predictable tourist seasons so we'll avoid seeing you block up the river with all the other folks.... More 

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Tallil, Iraq
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Never have to worry about low water level. Spring feed fro Aquariena Springs. Great short float. Very clear water and tubes available for rent thur Lions Club. If you bring your own tube you can get free air at the HEB.

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Taylor Lake Vil
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Leisure times floating slowing down the river. Inner tube for you, and one for the food and drink. Great for suntans on nice days. Love it!

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San Marcos, TX
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This basically clear river also has a year-round water temperature of about 72 degrees (F), and originates at Aquarena Springs in San Marcos. Whether you enjoy tubing, kayaking, canoeing, or swimming, you can always find an enjoyable day here. Please keep it a clean river, both for the other people who want to enjoy it as well as for all... More 

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San Marcos, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The San Marcos River is beautiful, clean river. We have brought over 20 family and friends to float the river. My husband and out Britt kayak the river almost year round. The river flow is constant and cool on a hot summer day. Can hardly wait for it to warm up.

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Wichita Falls, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Well, I could stand to do without the absurd number of drunken tubers polluting the river, but other than that...

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