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 (age 4-15) 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 along with the A.B. Rogers family, 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.
The Aquarena Center admits children 3 and younger for 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.