Fun Things to Do in San Marcos
Research shows that regular breaks in your study routine can positively affect your attention abilities and performance. However, it isn’t just taking study breaks that matters but also what you do with those breaks. And don’t even get us started on the benefits of getting some fresh air. It helps clear lungs, provides more energy and mental focus, lowers blood pressure and heart rate – need we say more? We’ve listed several fun things to do in San Marcos that will allow you to take a study break, get some fresh air, and relax.
San Marcos, Texas, is one of the most rapidly growing cities in the countries, and chances are you’ve only experienced a tidbit of the many great attractions it has to offer. So we’re here with a list of can’t-miss activities for students looking to get off campus and find fun things to do in San Marcos this spring and summer
San Marcos River Adventures
The San Marcos River is the closest river to Austin that permits recreational tubing, a beloved pastime for the Bobcat community. Students and their friends are welcome to take a leisurely float along the river, enjoy some drinks, and share a few laughs along the way. Texas State Tubes provides any necessary equipment as well as pick and drop off in downtown Austin. If your group needs to grab some ice or refreshments along the way, the driver is happy to make a pit stop. In addition to tubing, students can participate in San Marcos River kayaking, canoeing, paddle boating, swimming, and fishing, along with many more easily accessible recreational activities. There’s truly no better way to spend a spring or summer day than floating the San Marcos River.
Shopping in San Marcos
Between the San Marcos Premium Outlets and Tanger Outlets San Marcos, there’s certainly no shortage of shopping near campus. Both malls feature impressive collections of some of the finest brands offering a range of moderate to high-end priced products. Celebrate completing a big exam, distract and de-stress, treat yourself — whatever the reason may be, indulge in some much-needed retail therapy!
Hit the Square
Venture out to the San Marcos Downtown Square and choose between a wide variety of attractions, including locally-owned shops and restaurants, trendy boutiques, thrifting stores, one-of-a-kind jewelers, handmade furniture, nightspots, charming neighborhood cafes, college “hang outs” and many other local favorites. For more fun things to do in San Marcos, guests can enjoy the Virtual Mermaid March, local artist exhibits, and Hays County Historic Courthouse, all in close proximity to the square.
Hiking in San Marcos
Take a break from your studies and step out into the fresh air for a while. The gently winding rivers, gorgeous landscape, and intricate wildlife make San Marcos the perfect destination for nature lovers of all ages. With countless hiking trails nearby or just a short drive from the city, students have access to ample outdoor adventure and can choose between various terrain levels from challenging to moderate to leisurely — all with incredible views, wildlife encounters, and the opportunity to experience something new.
- San Marcos River Walk
- Purgatory Creek Natural Area
- Spring Lake Natural Area
- Ringtail Ridge Natural Area
- Blanco Shoals
- Madrone Trail
- Palmetto State Park
Restaurants With a View
There are several different San Marcos restaurants on the river that are among the best places to eat in San Marcos. At any one of these swanky locations, guests can enjoy craft brews, cocktails, peaceful ambiance, and exceptional views. Some include Three Dudes Winery, Ivar’s River Pub, Root Cellar Cafe, and much more. Work up an appetite after a long day on the river, and you don’t have to go far for great food, refreshments, and riverside relaxation.