Like smashing a snow globe against your forehead, tours can open up a fascinating new world right before your eyes. Go beyond the surface with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $9 for two adult tickets for a glass-bottomed boat tour (an $18 value)
- $18 for four adult tickets (up to a $36 value)
During each 30-minute tour, passengers climb aboard handmade boats that glide along the San Marcos River. Beneath the glass bottom, fish and turtles swim through the clear waters as a guide points out each species and narrates fun facts about the environment. Tours run daily from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.; kids aged 3 and younger ride free.
The Meadows Center
Run by Texas State University, The Meadows Center (formerly Aquarena) introduces visitors to the lush diversity of the San Marcos Springs and intricate system of waterways. Glass-bottomed boats set out for guided tours of Spring Lake, gazing at the aquatic life and University midterm papers below. Above the springs that bubble up from the bottom, soft shell turtles and bluegill sunfish swim in the clear waters and songbirds survey the sky. Eight endangered species populate the springs, including beetles and two species of salamander. On land, visitors can explore gardens of native Texan plants or a hall of nature exhibit.
96% of 1,310 customers recommend
“The people that work there are GREAT.”
“This trip was our first time and BROOKE WAS EXCELLENT. WOULD GO AGAIN THANK YOU.”
“Quite interesting to be able to see fish, plants, and so many fresh water springs so clearly on this glass bottomed boat. The young man giving the narrative did a...”
“Quite interesting to be able to see fish, plants, and so many fresh water springs so clearly on this glass bottomed boat. The young man giving the narrative did a very good job and the information concerning the history of this place very fascinating and educational!”
The Meadows Center
921 Aquarena Springs Dr
Texas State University
San Marcos, TX 78666