Jun 2, 2024 - News

What to do

A glass bottom kayak floats on a river at night.

The view from a crystal kayak at night on the river. Photo: Megan Stringer/Axios

🚣 Nighttime glow kayaking: Set out on the dark San Marcos River in a glowing, crystal-clear kayak.

  • You can see all the wildlife of the spring-fed river, from raccoons and bats to night herons and Texas wild rice.
  • Cost is about $50 per person.

🐟 Glass-bottom boat tour: Tour the headwaters of the San Marcos River on a glass-bottom boat that lets you see Spring Lake and the wildlife below.

  • An adult ticket costs $12. Tours launch every 30 minutes and are first come, first served.
  • While there, explore the rest of the grounds at the nature center — The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment.
A crystal blue lake surrounded by shrubs and trees.
The view from a glass-bottom boat on Spring Lake. Photo: Megan Stringer/Axios

🏊 Swimming: Forgo the boats and just hang out in the water with a picnic. Popular access points to the river are Rio Vista Park and Stokes Park.

🦇 Wonder World Cave & Adventure Park: Take a tour to see rock formations, crystal pools, ancient fossils and much more.

  • Ticket prices vary based on attractions.

🏛️ LBJ Museum: When it's just too hot out, head indoors to learn more about Lyndon B. Johnson's years as a college student and school teacher.

  • Admission is free.
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