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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 (by reservation), paddling and snorkel tours (by reservation), a Wetlands Boardwalk and a Discovery Hall with interactive exhibits and aquaria.
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Renee555viola wrote a review Jun 17
Arlington, Texas13 contributions3 helpful votes
The boat tour was very relaxing and educational. The beauty of the aquifer is exceptional. We encountered fish, turtles, birds, natural springs, and trees that were hundreds of years old. The ride was smooth and gentle, and our tour guide was excellent!
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Date of experience: June 2021
cecilschick wrote a review May 2021
New Braunfels, Texas308 contributions95 helpful votes
On our first visit, we went here before when they still had the old building & sky tower that was SBNO. We rode the glass bottomed boats which was great. I prefer the old building, it had a LOT more history of Aquarena Springs & the amusements they had there. Now that the school has taken over, it’s more of an educational type building. We went again after the remodel & really was disappointed in the lack of historical information that once was there in the old building. We haven’t been back so not sure if any information has been added.
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Date of experience: July 2020
CarolynT47 wrote a review Apr 2021
Corsicana, Texas9 contributions9 helpful votes
I went on the glass bottom boat tour of Spring Lake. James was the tour guide/boat operator. He is a student @ Texas State and he explained so much about Spring Lake, history, environmental impact etc. I was amazed about all the facts of this lake & the importance of it. The water is crystal clear & we observed many species of fish & turtles & abundant plant life
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Date of experience: April 2021
Lynn V wrote a review Mar 2020
San Marcos, Texas34 contributions12 helpful votes
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 want to do this early in the morning or on a cool evening.
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Date of experience: August 2019
houstonnative47 wrote a review Mar 2020
Missouri City, Texas1109 contributions335 helpful votes
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 guide was informative and added a bit of fun to the trip. We enjoyed our trip and tried to picture the area that was the first amusement park in Texas. However we missed the mermaids and Ralph the swimming pig! After the boat ride we walked over to the old hotel which is now an aquarium and offices for the water research center.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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