Aquarena Center

San Marcos

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In a Nutshell

  • Clear view of river ecosystems
  • Educational & relaxing
  • Tour the Aquarium & floating wetlands boardwalk

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Promotional value expires May 31, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required for groups of 15 or more. Not valid 3/13-3/20. Must use in 1 visit, no cash back. Tax included. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Contrary to popular belief, boats are actually much safer than cars, which inexplicably sink every time you drive them on water. Take a proper water road ride with today’s Groupon for a glass-bottom boat tour at the Aquarena Center in San Marcos. Choose between the following options:

  • For $9, you get two adult tickets (an $18 value).
  • For $15, you get two adult and two child tickets (a $30 value).

During the Aquarena Center's historic glass-bottom boat tours, curious shoeward gazers can behold the submerged sanctuary of the San Marcos River. Preserved by Texas State University-San Marcos, this freshwater fantasia and the elegant vessels that scathe its surface enable eyes to explore the river while challenging passing sunfish to games of submarine license plate poker. Tours on the covered and enclosed vessel last 30 minutes and provide a calm and comfortable experience every day, regardless of whether or not the clouds overhead just finished watching Old Yeller. Aquarena Center also offers free admission to an aquarium and floating wetlands boardwalk where guests can observe native and endangered species such as Texas blind salamanders and baby red eared sliders, as well as a 5,400-gallon tank filled with spotted gar, Rio Grande cichlids, and several other animals allergic to air.


Thirteen Yelpers give Aquarena Center a 4.5-star average; five Insider Pagers give it a four-star average; and nine TripAdvisors give it an average of four owl eyes:

  • The boats are pretty and comfortable and the view through the glass is crystal clear. We saw interesting plants, lots of fish, some turtles, and several of the springs that supply the water for the lake. It was really beautiful! – sb0247, TripAdvisor
  • Aquarena Springs is absolutely beautiful any time of the year. – Jai J., Yelp, 5/19/08

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.

Customer Reviews

This experience is perfect for young children. As a Grandmother I enjoy taking my grandchildren to places to share with them. The people were friendly and knowledgeable. The water was crystal clear and it was fascinating to see so clearly the fish and plants in the springs. We walked along the wetlands and saw the aquarium. Then, we picnicked on the grounds. It was perfect.
Bonnie G. · November 25, 2016
Loved this place. It was small, but that didn't matter. The place was beautiful and it was a great family experience. I have 2 teenagers and they had a great time as well as did my husband and I.
Michelle G. · October 31, 2016
Really nice educational tour on the boat
G. A. · September 17, 2016
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    San Marcos

    921 Aquarena Springs Dr.

    San Marcos, Texas 78666


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