San Marcos Texas

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Travel Guide to San Marcos Texas

Aquarena Center

The Aquarena Center is located at the San Marcos Springs, which produce 150 million gallons of water each day, forming the San Marcos River. 

Owned by Texas State University, the non-profit nature center is dedicated to the protection and preservation of the San Marcos springs. The 5,400 gallon Aquarena Center aquarium is home to five endangered species: the Texas Blind Salamander, San Marcos Salamander, Fountain Darter, San Marcos Gambusia, and Texas Wild Rice. 

The environmental education center provides tours for students and adults, and the tour topics change regularly. Visitors can also ride glass-bottomed boats over the San Marcos Springs. For those interested in diving, the center hosts scientific diving classes and excursions

Entrance to the Aquarena Center is free, but there is an admission charge for tours, diving and boat rides. For more information, visit

Tanger Outlet Center and Prime Outlet

People drive hundreds of miles to experience the San Marcos Tanger Outlet Center and Prime Outlet, which is home to over 150 stores.

The largest factory outlet shopping center in Texas, the Tanger Outlet has something for everyone, from clothing and shoes to housewares and sports equipment. In addition to the excellent selection of stores, shoppers receive up to 70% discounts off of normal store prices. 

The Tanger Outlet Center is also unique in design. Instead of an indoor, mall-like atmosphere, the stores are in an open-air setting – each store opens to a pathway outside. 

If you head out to the outlet center, leave yourself plenty of time and wear comfortable shoes! With so many stores to choose from, some people spend more than one full day trying to experience all the Tanger Outlet Center and Prime Outlet have to offer.

Visit the Tanger Outlet Center and Prime Outlet website at for directions, coupons and other information. 

Wonder World

Wonder World is a great attraction because of its variety of family-friendly activities. Whether your children love animals, 

One of Wonder World’s featured attractions is the earthquake-formed cave that lies along the Balcones Fault. The cave was discovered in 1893, when the land owner was drilling for water. After he unsuccessfully attempted to promote the cave as a tourist attraction, the land has been sold two times since the original discovery.

Once visitors finish the cave tour, they can ride up to the top of the Tejas Observation Tower, 110 feet in the air. From there, guests get an aerial view of the Texas hill country. 

Animal lovers can ride the Wonder World train into an animal park full of a variety of animals, from bobcats and deer to foxes and goats. Visitors can feed and touch the animals in the wildlife petting park, which is Texas’ largest petting park.

Other Wonder World attractions include the Anti-gravity House, Mexico’s World Import Market Place, a souvenir shop and shaded picnic areas. For more information, visit or call (512) 392-3760.

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