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The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment

San Marcos, TX, USA
About The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment
Run by Texas State University, The Meadows Center (formerly Aquarena) introduces visitors to the lush diversity of the San Marcos Springs and intricate system of waterways. We are open daily to the public and offer glass-bottom boat tours, paddling and snorkel tours (by reservation), a Wetlands Boardwalk and a Discovery Hall with interactive exhibits and aquaria.
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We went with our granddaughter (18 months), 3 daughters, and son in law. The best part for us was watching our granddaughter looking at the fish. She was engaged and excited. That is really all it takes to make us happy. The walk around the property was a bit hot, you would
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While passing through the area, we just had to stop by the old Aquarena Springs that we had visited in the 1970's. We rode a glass bottom boat around the spring fed lake of crystal clear water while seeing the springs below as well as fish, turtles and greenery. The college aged
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I came to San Marcos to visit my daughter, who is a student at Texas State, and she suggested that my son and I take the glass boat tour. The tour was 30 minutes on this beautiful, clear lake, where we learned a lot about the history of it and San Marcos, and saw turtles, fish,
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From the 1950s through the mid-1990s this place was known as Aquarena Springs, an amusement park with a glass-bottom boat tours, a mod space-pod tram ride, a "western town", Mermaid show (with a clown that smoked cigarettes under water (?!)) and a diving pig (!) named Ralph.
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Never cross my mind that the bottom of a Texas lake could be so pretty and seeing the underwater life is so exciting! Wetland trail is neat too.
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