San Marcos Like a Local

5 Ways To imMERse Yourself In SMTX

July 31, 2018

You might think it’s odd for a city in the Texas Hill Country to use the mermaid as their unofficial mascot, but the mermaid/aquamaid has quite the history in San Marcos. From being incorporated into local artworks to being celebrated in parades and fairs, San Marcos is a must-visit for anyone who loves the quirky and colorful.

Explore The Mermaid March

Have you heard? San Marcos is now home to ten 7-foot-tall mermaids who are placed in different locations around the city. The Mermaid March uses the rich history, culture and wildlife of San Marcos into the different mermaid forms. You can find a downloadable map of the mermaids and their locations HERE and there is another map at the bottom of this post. 


Snap The Mural

“Dive Into The Divine” can’t be missed as you drive into downtown San Marcos. The beautiful mural is located on the back of the Root Cellar Bakery building and depicts some of the local flora and fauna, as well as a striking San Marcos mermaid. The mural is a great place for a San Marcos selfie…


Shaken, Not Stirred • September 15

Here in San Marcos, we take our Mer-tini Shakedown Competition very seriously. With 16 locations around town competing for the best Mer-tini in San Marcos, it’s sure to be a very heated, and delicious, competition you have to taste for yourself. This year's Shakedown takes place on September 15th and you can buy tickets HERE

Party At The Downtown Promenade and Aqua Faire • September 22

Start your Saturday (September 22nd) off swimmingly with the Downtown Mermaid Promenade. Starting at 10am, the parade features floats, marchers, dancers, music and more! The party continues after the parade at San Marcos Plaza Park where the whole family can enjoy a free festival with art, music, food and fun from 10am-7pm.


See The Springs

For seven decades Aquarena Springs drew visitors from all over the world to San Marcos. Swimming pigs, Glass-Bottom Boat Tours, and of course, Aquamaids were the main attractions at Aquarena Springs. Aquarena Springs is no more, but you can still take a Glass-Bottom Boat Tour and see where the San Marcos mermaids got their start - the headwaters of the San Marcos River at The Meadows Center. While the Aquamaids no longer inhabit the depths of Spring Lake, you can see their legacy lives on in the San Marcos culture.