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    The Meadows Center Glass Bottom Boat Tours

    The Meadows Center Glass-Bottom Boat Tours, offers interpretive and self-guided tours, historic glass bottom boat rides, wildlife viewing, wetlands boardwalk, Texas River exhibits, nature-friendly Gift Shop and much more.

    Unforgettable attractions to experience at this beautiful nature park include:

    Phenomenal underwater perspective of Spring Lake (headwaters of the San Marcos River), hundreds of bubbling springs, archeological site, historical landmarks, and more.

    Close-up view of fish, turtles, prawns and species found ONLY in Spring Lake or the San Marcos River,  such as the endangered Texas Blind Salamander.

    Click HERE for Current Hours

    Ticket Prices

    30 minute Glass Bottom Boat Tour: 

    Adults: $9.75
    Seniors(65+): $8.00
    Children 3-12: $6.00
    2 and Under: Free

    Extended 45 Minute Boat Tour Upgrade
    Add to your experience and explore springs not seen on the 30-minute tour.
    Adults: $13.25
    Seniors (62+): $11:00
    Children 3-12: $8:00

    Annual Passes available for $26.95 click HERE to purchase.
    The annual pass covers 12 months of unlimited access to the standard 25-minute glass-bottom boat tour, 15 percent off gift shop purchases as well as 15 percent off extended, wetlands and specialty tours for up to six people. Guests of Annual Pass cardholders will also receive $2 off their boat ticket, for up to six people.

    Meadows Center: Paddling Experiences
    To learn more and to book your paddling experience, click HERE For further information, visit REI in Downtown Austin at 601 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703, or call (512) 482-3357.
    No charge to explore the grounds of The Meadows Center

    Parking Lot Fee: $3.00 paid onsite at Kiosk

    Park Hours: 10:00am-4:30pm (last tour starts at 4:30pm)

    To speak to someone during regular park hours call the Ticket Booth at (512) 245-7570.

    *Closed December 21 - 25, New Years Eve (December 31), New Years Day (January 1), January 4 - 8. 

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    Spring Lake Snorkel Program

    See the local flora and fauna of Spring Lake up close and personal with the Spring Lake Snorkel Program! Spring Lake is home to spring-fed waters that remain a constant 72 degrees year-round. **Click HERE to schedule your tour**

    Explore Spring Lake SUP & Kayak Training and Interpretive Tours

    The Meadows Center and REI Outdoor School have teamed up to offer new water-focused activities at Spring Lake. All activities are education focused and led by interpreters who are committed to protecting and sharing Spring Lake. **Click HERE to schedule your tour**

    Wetlands Boardwalk

    The Wetlands Boardwalk allows visitors to walk through a self-guided trail that explains the effects of exotic and invasive species on the habitat, as well as, offering a close up view of the abundant plant and animal life that thrive here.