Aquarena Center

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Customer Reviews

3,731 Ratings

My husband and I took our daughter, Isabelle, to The Meadows Center to go on her very first glass-bottom boat ride and it ended up being a really great trip. She had a lot of fun being a VIP on an extended tour which gave us our very own boat. Then, we also got to tour the Aquarium / Science Center afterward. She had a great time!!
Robin A. · 3 days ago
My sister and I enjoyed the glass bottom boat ride in San Marcos. The tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly. It's a nice Sunday afternoon trip.
Chung P. R. · 3 days ago
It was a lovely place!!
Maxine O. · 3 days ago

What You'll Get

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 Fine Print

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.

About 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.

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