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.
What some people are buzzing about:
96% of 1,328 customers recommend
“i enjoyed this visit a lot and have recommended you to many people-- oddly enough several people were unaware the boats still exist. i think you might play up the...”
“i enjoyed this visit a lot and have recommended you to many people-- oddly enough several people were unaware the boats still exist. i think you might play up the history of Aquarena Springs because many people have fond memories of the place from their childhood. ”
“I thought it was an incredibly informative and interesting little tour. The guides were friendly and amazingly educated on the springs and surrounding area and its...”
“I thought it was an incredibly informative and interesting little tour. The guides were friendly and amazingly educated on the springs and surrounding area and its history. I would offer that it may not be the most exciting for the little ones, however.”
“It was a great trip and very educational. My 2 yr old son had a blast!..”