The Best San Marcos Weekend Getaway: Explore Like a Pro!

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Need a place to cool off from this Summer heat without getting too far from Austin? Well a San Marcos weekend getaway might be just what you need! Whether you want to hop in the 72 degree river or hang out at a rooftop patio, San Marcos is your one stop shop for the mini-vacay you deserve. Nothing is wrong with exploring new cities like a pro!

We’ve put together a list of the best activities that you are going to love! No specific order is required, San Marcos runs on river time which means, we go with the flow! So let us show you how to explore San Marcos like a pro!

San Marcos Weekend Getaway

1. San Marcos Lions Club Tube Rental

Lions Club is a hot spot for all tubing lovers of San Marcos. You can either rent your tube, or air up your own tube and grab any river necessities such as snacks, water, waterproof phone cases and more! And don’t even think about walking back when you’re done floating because Lions Club provides shuttles that will take you back to the start of the float! So hop in the river and enjoy!

San Marcos Weekend Getaway

2. Ivar's River Pub

Nothing is better than a good meal after a long river day. Ivar’s River Pub is a local favorite serving up some of San Marcos best food in town. Whether you want to grab a drink with a friend on the patio and enjoy the view of the river or sit inside and watch a game, Ivar’s River Pub has what you need. This San Marcos staple is something that the whole family will enjoy. And on your way out, don’t forget to feed the ducks on the patio downstairs!

🗓MON- 11AM-9PM


🗓WED- 11AM-9PM


🗓FRI- 11AM-10PM

🗓SAT- 11AM-10PM

🗓SUN- 11AM-9PM

📍701 Cheatham St, San Marcos, TX 78666

San Marcos Weekend Getaway

3. Blind Salamander Cantina

Blind Salamander Cantina is the newest edition of the San Marcos downtown sqaure. The instagrammable cantina offers many varieties of margaritas that will satisfy your tastebuds. They also serve up some great tacos & have complimentary chips and salsa all day that you can enjoy on their rooftop patio that overlooks San Marcos! Along with great margs & even better tacos, they have everyday happy hour from 11am-7pm that will make your San Marcos weekend getaway so much better!



📍301 N LBJ Dr Ste 111, San Marcos, TX 78666

San Marcos Weekend Getaway

4. Wonder World Cave and Adventure Park

Wonder World Cave and Adventure Park is a one stop shop of fun for the entire family! Explore the earthqauke cave and all the wonders that live inside it. The park also offers a number of activities including train rides, anti-gravity house, observation room and even an arcade. My personal favorite is the cave tour because there is a lot of cool history and facts you learn along with seeing the beautiful cave! There is no question that this adventure park has something the whole family will enjoy!

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5. San Marcos Premium Outlets

Who doesn’t need a little retail therapy during a weekend getaway? I sure do! The San Marcos Premium Outlets offers the best brands and the most affordable prices you can find. Stop by some of my personal favorite stores like Lululemon, Nike, and Abercrombie to snag some great deals. You can spend the whole day shopping or just make a quick stop and grab a few things. Happy shopping!


🗓SUN- 11AM-7PM

📍3939 S Interstate 35, San Marcos, TX 78666

San Marcos Weekend Getaway

6. Paddle SMTX

Paddle SMTX is my favorite activity by far in this guide to a weekend getaway in San Marcos. They are a kayak and paddle board company that does nighttime glow tours. This unique experience is perfect for a date night, birthday, or just to go with a group of friends. I personally really enjoy watching the stars while kayaking down the river. You can also see whats under you too because the kayaks glow! Overall, this is an experience you won’t want to miss!

Before You Go

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