Aquarena Center

Texas State University

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In a Nutshell

A glass-bottomed boat glides down the 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 (up to an $18 value)
  • $18 for four tickets, valid for children or adults (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

I was delighted to find that the Aquarena Center has evolved from a tourist attraction to a creative environmental education and research center. Even the two-year old with us was fascinated with the turtles and fish. Our guide, Mark, was delightfully engaging and informative. I will definitely encourage friends to "take a new look" at Aquarena Springs. The Center had been on my "bucket list" and the Groupon spurred me to make it happen. Thanks!
Ellen W. · February 21, 2013
Had an awesome time! Our guide was great!
Ruby M. · January 20, 2013
Wonderful, beautiful place it was so nice to see the restoration process and the love and passion that the employees have for it.
Rana Z. · January 10, 2013
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    Texas State University

    201 San Marcos Springs Drive

    Texas State University

    San Marcos, TX 78666


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