Aquarena Center

Texas State University

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In a Nutshell

A glass-bottomed boat glides down San Marcos River and affords views of songbirds above and turtles or fish below

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Promotional value expires Feb 28, 2013. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Operates in all weather. Must use promotional value in one visit. Closed 12/24/12-12/25/12, 12/31/12 and 1/1/13. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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.

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  • $9 for two adult tickets for a glass-bottomed boat tour (an $18 value)
  • $18 for four adult tickets (up to a $36 value)<p>

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.

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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    Texas State University

    201 San Marcos Springs Drive

    Texas State University

    San Marcos, TX 78666


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