Just outside the bustling metropolis of Austin, San Marcos is a town built on its university. Even though it’s a college town, it’s not your typical college town. Many of the university’s students choose to stay in San Marcos long after they’ve traded in their cap and gown for a career. From nature areas to a busy nightlife, there’s always something to do in this town the locals have nicknamed San Marvelous. Here’s our list of reasons why you should hop in the car or on a plane and leave your cares behind – and come take a spin in San Marcos, Texas.
Diving in the San Marcos River is what the locals do – join them! The river runs straight through San Marcos and there are several places to access it, complete with lush greenery. In fact, along I-35 South, you’ll find Rio Vista Park and William and Eleanor Crook Park – both of which are the perfect spots for swimming, hiking, or tubing. A little farther to the north and a bit out of the way you’ll find Sewell Park, which is a great place for wading, swimming, or just relaxing in the sun with some pretty amazing views.
After you stroll San Marcos’ shopping district, San Marcos Downtown Square, by day, change into some cocktail loungewear and head out for a nightlife that’s just one big party. As soon as the sun goes down, locals and students alike head for the Square – four whole blocks of chic shops, clubs, and eateries. Take in the rowdy drag show at the Stonewall Warehouse, have some after-sunset cocktails at the Shade’s Rooftop Patio Bar, and to soak up some of that liquid confidence, stop in at Maroni’s Pizza. San Marcos is entirely walkable and always thumping – it’s a literal one-stop-shop to choose your own adventure.
So, whether you’re just in it for the daytime swim, the relaxation of the river, the eclectic shopping, or the vibrant nightlife, San Marcos has you covered all the way around. Get ready to take a spin in San Marcos, Texas.