San Marcos Like a Local

How To Explore San Marcos Safely

July 21, 2020

From packing the right things to knowing the best practices, we want to make sure your summer SMTXperience is a safe one!

Best Practices

Distance Yourself

No matter what SMTXperience you’re enjoying, remember to maintain some distance between you and others. That’s one of the great things about San Marcos, we have plenty of space to spread out!

Get Outside

Go for a hike or bike ride, eat your meals al fresco or picnic style, explore our outdoor artwork and more. Simply enjoying the fresh air and getting in some exercise is a great way to explore AND stay safe.

Wash Your Hands

Always remember to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water before eating, touching your face or others, or really any time it crosses your mind. Let's keep them digits clean, y'all! 



We Recommend

There are still plenty of SMTXperiences you can do with a safe social distance! Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

Go for a hike
From leisurely strolls to more challenging hikes, San Marcos has trails for outdoor adventurers of all fitness levels.

See if you can find all of the mermaids
Mermaid March is a self-guided tour that consists of ten seven-foot mermaid statues painted by regional artists installed around the city.

Watch artists make handblown, gorgeous pieces of glassworks
Wimberley Glassworks is known worldwide for its beautiful hand blown glass art and lighting pieces.

Check out one of our local breweries
Order yourself a couple of craft cold ones and something to nibble one while you sit outside on a patio or courtyard and enjoy. 

And Remember…
The riverfront parks, including tube rentals, in San Marcos are currently closed until further notice. We know this is disappointing as enjoying the San Marcos River is one of our favorites things to do in the summer too, however, we know this closure is to keep San Marcos, and all who visit, healthy. Click here for more information.

Things To Bring


Don’t forget to bring masks for you and your family! Local businesses and restaurants require patrons to wear masks unless exercising, eating or drinking. Note that children under 10 are not required to wear masks. Thank you being diligent in your mask wearing as we want all of our visitors and locals to stay healthy and safe. 

Hand Sanitizer

While it seems like most businesses have public access to hand sanitizer, we highly recommend traveling with a small bottle of your own, so you always have some, quite literally, on hand.


While not COVID-19 related, in our opinion, you can never be reminded to bring sunscreen enough. These Texas summers are hot, hot, hot and we want you to have a fun time without having to slather a burn in aloe.

Sanitizing wipes

While our local businesses and hotels are dedicated to sanitizing high-traffic areas and rooms, it wouldn’t hurt to give surfaces a quick wipe down before you and your family get comfortable.