In response to COVID-19, some San Marcos attractions remain closed. The closures include some parks and playscapes. Other green spaces and nature trails remain open at this time. Riverfront parks open to the public on May 22, 2020. 

With so many things to attract you to San Marcos, it can be hard to choose what to do first. From exciting outdoor adventures to the largest outlet shopping center in the U.S. - let's plan your next #SMTXperience!

For a free visitor information packet call (512) 393-5930 or email
For a complete list of park tips and rules, please check HERE.  


Temporary Business Modifications

Out of an abundance of caution business are modifying their operating procedures and hours. Please call ahead to your favorite business for details.


Currently offering to go orders for beer only. Call ahead to place yours
Downtown |
San Marcos' premier brewery and restaurant, is located steps from the beautiful historic downtown square. Craft beer is produced onsite, and paired with Modern American Cuisine. AquaBrew features a large beer garden and rooftop deck, and is available for private events for up to 500 people. 

Lions Club Tube Rental


What a perfect way to float your cares away... bring the family, gather the old college pals, or plan a romantic tube trip for just the two of you!
For a complete list of park tips and rules, please check HERE

Virtual Mermaid March

Start your virtual tour HERE
Vitural Mermaid March is a self guided tour that consists of ten seven-foot mermaid statues painted by regional artists installed around the city. This public art project by the San Marcos Arts Commission celebrates the art, culture and natural beauty of the city. 

Middleton Brewing

Open at 25% of posted occupancy. Call ahead for hours
Middleton Brewing- A Texas Hill Country Brew Pub featuring a 13 unique beers brewed on site! 

Over the Moon Popcorn

Open and offering to go orders
Over the Moon Popcorn not only  sells more than 50 different varieties of popcorn. They also sell an array of candy sold by weight and novelty sodas from all over. 

Paddle SMTX

Nighttime Glow SUP paddle adventures, larger-than-life SUPZILLA Paddle Barges and calming Paddle Board Yoga sessions - Paddle SMTX has fun paddle activities for you! Are you a paddle beginner? No worries, Paddle SMTX is perfect for those ready to get their feet wet - literally. 

Purgatory Creek Natural Area

The 570-acre Purgatory Creek Natural Area is within the Edwards Aquifer recharge zone. Portions of the natural area are generally referred to as Prospect Park, lower and upper Purgatory.

Roughhouse Brewing

Open for to go order. Hours vary. Call Ahead
Roughhouse Brewing is a small, family-owned and operated craft brewery located on five acres of the Pasternak family ranch. Tucked away off of Ranch Road 12, the brewery will serve refreshing, farmhouse-style beer that complements the Texas landscape. 


Open for the season. Click HERE for reservations
SUP SMTX offers year-round paddleboard rentals to anyone looking to experience the beautiful San Marcos River. Rentals include access to the private dock at Ivar's River Pub. 

San Marcos Art Center

Temporarily Closed but you can view and purchase local art HERE

The San Marcos Art Center is the product of a vision by the San Marcos Art League. This space is located in the heart of Downtown San Marcos. This purpose of this place is to encourage, foster, protmote and nuture the San Marcos arts community. Stop in and see what is going on at the center today. 

Sculpture Garden

An outdoor sculpture garden located on the grounds of the San Marcos Activity Center.


Currently offering to go orders only. 
Downtown | 
For nearly 35 years the Showdown has been a staple hangout for locals and students alike. The laid back environment with cheap drinks, good people and plenty to do makes Showdown an ideal bar to call home. Stop by for a drink and find your home at Showdown!

Spring Lake Natural Area

About 251 acres of undeveloped parkland that sits just above the headwaters of the San Marcos River.

Texas Canoes and Kayaks

**By reservation only please call (512) 749-2350 or click HERE to book**
Texas Canoes and Kayaks is the premier outfitters for rentals and guides trips along the San Marcos River. 

Virtual Public Art Tour

Take a virtual tour of San Marcos' public art here. From mini murals hidden in plain sight to gigantic artworks that take up the whole side of a building.  Start your tour HERE

Virtual Walkers' Gallery

Open for visits virtually. Click HERE to explore 
The Walkers' Gallery is a large, professionally curated gallery that lives in the hallways of the San Marcos Activity Center. Exhibits at the Walkers' Gallery are free and open to the public during regular Activity Center hours.

Wimberley Glassworks

Open now with limited capacity. All visitor are asked to wear mask and ahere to social distancing requirements.
Wimberley Glassworks is known worldwide for their beautiful hand blown glass art and lighting pieces. A visit to the gallery is unique, visitors can observe the beautiful craftsmanship of glassblowing and then shop the gallery.