San Marcos River

San Marcos River

When planning a holiday or a getaway, it is important to choose activities that are ideal for everyone and will leave a lasting memory. While many spend exorbitant prices to visit overcrowded resorts only to come back stressed, we have found that choosing a location close to nature is sure to give you a relaxing ambience as well adding to the fun. If you are looking for the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the company of family and friends without unnecessary distractions, then the San Marcos River is the place you want to be.  The san Marcos river has its origin at the Edwards aquifer which has about 200 spring openings all flowing through the san Marcos town in Texas. The closed nature of this natural spring makes it an ideal place for plants and animals to thrive thus creating a natural ambience. The river itself cuts across 130 acres of land with its upper part home to some of the world's endangered animal species. The sparkling clean waterways coupled with its cool 78 degrees temperature maintained all year round make San Marcos River a top choice for river activities.  The great thing about the San Marco River is that it is absolutely free and open to everyone. Bye bye overpriced parks and nature reserves. You can invest your money in add-ons to your experience, such as drinks and transportation. For example, you can book a ride with some tour transportation company and really have a relaxing day enjoying the sun and the warm waters without having to worry about the combination of alcohol and drive. The river cuts right through the bustling town of San Marcos so you do not need to worry about getting lost. Of course, you need a tube if you want a tubing activity. At the San Marcos River, you can rent tubes for just a little fee. This saves you the stress of carrying tubes all through the town to the river. The total floating time on the San Marcos River is estimated to be about 3 hours depending on where you start from so you have plenty of time to relax, sunbathe on your tubes and enjoy nature all around you. 

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Top things to do on San Marcos River

Many visitors have different expectations when they visit the famous San Marcos River. Most come looking from tubing, some just want to take a plunge and swim in its clear waters while others prefer more engaging activities such as kayaking.

These are some of the best things you can do on your next visit to San Marcos River


If you are looking for a fun and healthy way to enjoy your day at the San Marcos River, then canoeing or kayaking is a good option. These two activities are almost the same, the difference is in the type of paddles used. The great part about it is that you do not need any prior experience to enjoy your time with these activities because the river flow and direction will help steer you as you proceed down the river course. It's perfectly fine too if you do not have the equipment to go canoeing or kayaking as you can easily rent one out at the site. Canoeing and kayaking are fun ways to have fun, keep fit and enjoy the San Marcos River. 


If fishing is more of your style, then you will find the San Marcos River is a great spot for you. Drop a line into the river and you might be lucky to catch some of the many species of fish that live in the river.  Fish like largemouth, sunfish, Smallmouth, catfish to mention a few can be found in the San Marcos River. You should choose the location well, since there are a lot of people in water in their tubes.


While the surface of the San Marcos is interesting, what is even more fun is what lies within. You can take a snorkelling trip down the San Marcos River to discover the richness of the aquatic life underneath it. The Texas wild rice is an interesting plant that grows under the San Marcos River. Many participants visit the underwater to see it and many other surprises that nature offers. 


The San Marcos River is also a great spot for swimming. Of course, skinny dipping is not allowed as it is a public area. Still, you can enjoy your day by going for a swim in the river. You can also alternate between other activities and swimming for a good round trip. If this is your case, get a tube to relax and float down the river and you can swim as well.


Due to the natural habitats surrounding the San Marcos River, camping by the river is also a great idea for people who love the outdoors. But honestly, It's hard not to fall into the temptation of diving in the river with the temperature of 108F! SO again, a good reason to enjoy and combine a tubing activity.



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This is perhaps the most popular reason people go up to the San Marcos River. It is a great place to dive in with your tubing equipment and enjoy the sunshine as the river slowly takes you downstream. Of course, tubes are available for rent at the site so there is no need to buy or bring your own. Snacks and drinks are allowed on the river as long as they are stored properly and wastes are disposed of properly. Why you should go tubing on the San Marcos River? Tubing is one of the most popular activities done on the San Marcos River. Not only does it require little to no effort to use, but it is also ideal for all age groups. While parents may worry about kids going for activities such as snorkeling, tubing is actually the one activity they can enjoy with no complications. Many groups will enjoy the river while drinking their favorite beverages. San Marcos River also receives a lot of Bachelorettes and Bachelors.
Furthermore, tubing is a better way to enjoy nature around as your body is not busy swimming or paddling. There are definitely advantages to renting out a tube from a tubing company on your next trip. Not only do they rent out the most colorful tubes, but they can also help you map out the best route for your tubing experience and they will arrange transportation to pick you up at the end of your float as you most likely cannot walk back. This way you’ll save yourself a whole lot of trouble on logistics.

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What to keep in mind on your next visit

  • Use a tubing transportation company to save yourself a lot of stress

  • San Marcos River is open and free for all age groups but makes sure to bring life vests for children and inexperienced swimmers

  • If you are traveling in groups, bring a rope to tie tubes together so you and your group can float down together.

  • You cannot circle back on the river so ensure that you have a clear plan on how to get back. Using a tubing company will solve this problem.

  • Wear sunscreen. You will be out in the sun for a long time, it's easy to get sunburned.
  • The take home

    San Marcos River is a great place to relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

    It is suitable for family gatherings as well as social gatherings. There are plenty of activities that require little to no experience and there are available tubing companies such as ours to make your experience a pleasant one.

    Overall, it is a gift nature has given the high-bustling town of San Marcos. 

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