San Marcos Like a Local

San Marcos September Updates

September 11, 2020

Photo Credit: @ryanpalmer78702

This year, summer looked a bit different in San Marcos as our community needed to make some adjustments in order to keep everyone safe. As the busy summer months come to a close, we have started to find our footing a little more and are beginning to reopen some of the things that we all have missed.  


Riverfront Parks

On Wednesday, September 16, most public riverfront parks will open to the public. Capes Park, Thompson’s Island and Rio Vista pool will remain closed. The park restrooms in City ParkChildren’s Park  and Crook Park will be open until 8pm and cleaned twice daily. There will not be access to picnic tables and pavilions in City Park and Rio Vista Park at this time.

There are also some exciting updates currently under way in areas of Rio Vista Park and City Park. There is an ADA pathway project being constructed that will connect the riverfront parks and there are also several ADA accessible ramps being added in Rio Vista Park and City Park that will lead into the water. Please avoid active construction zones.   

Children’s Park Playscape will open on Friday, September 18 due to tree work being done.


The Tourist Information Center

We have missed seeing your faces this summer, but we are once again open and happy to provide you with information, directions, suggestions, or just a clean restroom, should you need it. We are open from 9am-5pm Monday through Friday. We ask that you please maintain six feet of distance and continue wearing your mask while you visit us.


Photo Credit: The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment / Matthew Mohondro

The Meadows Center

The Meadows Center is now open to the public in a limited capacity Monday-Sunday from 10am-5pm. Glass-Bottom Boat Tours will run at 50% capacity by reservation only and a maximum capacity of 10 guests per boat. You can make your reservation HERE. The open-air boats will have a plexiglass barrier between the drivers and guests. Touchpoints will be cleaned before and after each tour.

The trails at Spring Lake and the Wetlands Boardwalk will be open during operating hours and we ask that you please continue practicing social distancing and mask wearing when sharing the trails with others.

At this time the Discovery Hall is still closed to the public.

Photo Credit: @tangerinedreamzz

River Recreation

Local stand up paddleboarding, canoeing and kayaking outfitters are still operating for those searching for an aquatic adventure. 

At this time all of our tubing outfitters remain closed due to the Governor’s Order. With the riverfront parks open, you are more than welcome to bring your own tubes and plan your own transportation. You can find a map for floating and boating information HERE.


Mask Mandate

Don’t forget to bring your masks when visiting San Marcos! All visitors over the age of 10 will need to wear masks while in public when it’s difficult to keep six feet away from others. You do not need to wear a mask when being physically active outside, driving, pumping gas or operating outdoor equipment, eating or drinking, visiting somewhere with security surveillance like banks or when wearing a mask poses a greater mental or physical health, safety or security risk. Click here for more information.


Things You Can Still Do

In addition to our newly reopened attractions, there are still plenty of SMTXperiences you can do with a safe social distance!

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.

Go on a mural hunt.
Explore our murals (both big and small) and share your selfie with us.

Explore an earthquake-formed cave.
Go deep underground at Wonder World Park on a tour of the Balcones Fault Line Cave.

Take home your own piece of San Marcos.
Plan your adventure on a Second Saturday of the month so you can peruse art, handmade goods and funky finds at Art Squared and San Mercado.

Find a new favorite brew.
Stop by each of San Marcos' four breweries (Roughhouse, Middleton, AquaBrew and Sean Patrick's) for a real taste of San Marcos.

See WWII planes up close.
Housed in a 1943 vintage wooden hangar, the Central Texas Wing is home to airworthy historic military warbirds.

Heck, you can even jump out of a plane.
Skydive Spaceland San Marcos is the only skydiving facility for 100 miles that operates a fast turbine-powered twin-engine aircraft.

Channel your inner artist.
Visit the San Marcos Art Center to indulge in artwork made from local artists – and maybe take home your very own original.

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

Enjoy the flavors of San Marcos.
Order food-to-go from a restaurant you’ve always wanted to try or pick a restaurant with a patio for a treat.

Throw the ol’ disc around at Flying Armadillo Disc Golf Club.
The Flying Armadillo Disc Golf Club is a full-service disc golf venue and pro shop. You can book your tee time here.

Check “drive a supercar” off your bucket list.
Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche and more – get behind the wheel of one of Longhorn Racing’s supercars.

Shop like a local.
There are more than veggies at the San Marcos Farmer’s Market! Pick up a little something to enjoy after your trip.