Sports in Alamo

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The Sights & Sounds of Christmas festival celebrates the season with activities and entertainment for attendees of all ages, all held under hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights. Patrons can browse hand-made decor and treats at Santa's Gift Shop, enjoy a nightly appearance from Santa, and listen to cheery holiday music from a variety of acts such as Kyle Park and Two Tons of Steel. Runners can register for 5K and 1K races that wind their way through downtown, with medals awarded to top finishers. Other activities include a carnival, free petting zoo, and an ice skating rink.

401 E Hopkins St.
San Marcos,
TX
US

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.

201 San Marcos Springs Dr.
San Marcos,
TX
US

Established: 1994

Reservations/Appointments: Recommended

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Average Duration of Services: 4+ hours

Brands Used: Jackson Kayaks, Werner Paddles, NRS, Dagger, Perception

Pro Tip: Be ready to enjoy the pure, spring water. It is 72 degrees, no matter what the weather. . .

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Parking: Parking lot

Most Popular Attraction/Offering: San Marcos River / Springs

Recommended Age Group: All Ages

Q&A with Ben Kvanli, Founder and Teacher

What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?

We lead the youngest ever kayaker to run the Grand Canyon. 9-year-old Brett Venable set the record in 1992 by running all of the rapids except Lava in his kayak.

What is the one feature of your business that you're most proud of?

Pioneering adventure therapy for wounded war Veterans has shown the therapeutic effects of the water. Seeing these heroes not only get out of the hospital, but get back to living life to the fullest makes all of our efforts worth it.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

Joining our club makes paddling less expensive, less work, and more fun than renting or buying your own boat. In addition, you will get personal attention from caring pioneers of paddling, and be proud of ... your own accomplishments in the sport. You will [be] a part of a club [that] fosters community participation from wounded war Veterans, everyone in the family, beginners, [and] Olympians.

602 Interstate 35
San Marcos,
TX
US