San Marcos Like a Local

Family-Friendly SMTXperiences

June 15, 2017

It’s summer break and the task of planning your family’s vacation is in full swing! You’ll want a vacation where you can relax, eat great food, go on adventures and sneak in an educational component to keep the kids’ minds sharp during the months out of school. And, it would be a plus, to get everyone away from their tech devices – are we right? Look no further, we have a perfect trip planned for you!


Natural San Marcos

San Marcos has plenty of parkland for fun family activities. Have a picnic at City Park, catch a movie or concert at San Marcos Plaza Park, fly a kite at Five Mile Dam, or let the little ones run wild at Children’s Park. Just make sure to pack plenty of water to keep everyone hydrated, sunscreen and a bag to collect your trash.


Wonder World Park

Cave exploring, Anti-Gravity House, Petting Park, train rides and an observation tower? Sounds like a good time to us! Wonder World Park is the first commercial show cave in Texas and is the nation’s only true example of an earthquake-formed cave open to the public. The whole family can learn about the Balcones Fault Line and see the devastating force of Mother Nature. We suggest a ride 190-feet upwards in the Tejas Observation Tower for some truly spectacular views of the city and surrounding landscape.


Dick’s Classic Car Garage

With more than 80 vehicles produced in America from 1901 through 1959, Dick’s Classic Car Garage can transport your family through time via automobile history. The 43,000-square foot facility is home to an extensive collection of beautiful, historic, and sometimes exceptionally rare, automobiles and memorabilia. A fan favorite amongst kids and adults alike is the 1966 Batmobile replica – a timeless classic!


The Meadows Center

The Meadows Center is a classic family-friendly SMTXperience! Take a Glass-Bottom Boat Tour for an amazing view of Spring Lake, the local flora and fauna, and the many springs that bubble at the bottom. Take a stroll around the newly restored Wetlands Boardwalk to learn more about exotic and invasive species in the habitat or take advantage of the 251-acres of walking and hiking trails in the Spring Lake Natural Area. Then, take comfort in the air conditioned Discovery Hall where a 1,000 gallon aquarium, endangered species exhibits, video wall and interactive exhibits entertain and educate patrons of all ages.


Café Monet and Paper Bear

Ditch the screens and take your family to do something creative with their hands! Café Monet is a paint-your-own-pottery and mosaic studio where you can let your inner artist shine. Create fully functional, and fabulous, personalized pottery, fused glass and mosaics for your home or as gifts. Once you’ve created your masterpiece, walk around the corner to Paper Bear. The eclectic shop has fun and quirky items for everyone. From gag gifts to rows upon rows of toys, you could easily spend an hour mesmerized.



Family Eats

Finding a restaurant to feed your family doesn’t need to be a daunting task. We’ve got five great options of family-friendly restaurants.

Railyard Bar & Grill offers a full bar, great food and both indoor and outdoor seating. With plenty of space for your family to enjoy themselves, Railyard Bar & Grill also offers outdoor games to entertain while you wait for your food.

Kent Black’s BBQ is also a great option for families who are looking for outdoor seating and entertainment with their large patio that features giant Jenga for patrons to enjoy. Plus, BBQ is always a family-friendly meal in our opinion.

Centerpoint Station is a fun establishment that features great shopping and tasty desserts. We recommend saving room for some of their out-of-this-world homemade fudge – yum!

The Hitch: A Mobile Eatery is a unique dining experience. Browse the different food trucks and let family members choose what sounds best to them. Enjoy your meal alfresco beneath the large shady canopy and twinkle lights for a fun downtown ambiance.