Looking for a place to have the perfect family getaway? Of course, you’d want somewhere that’s fun for the whole family. Maybe a spot with some educational activities? Outdoor adventures? Look no further – San Marcos is just the place! 

Wonder World Cave & Adventure Park

Head to Wonder World Park to explore the very cool (literally) earthquake-formed cave. Guides lead families deep into the Balcones Fault Line Cave for an educational and entertaining cave tour. You’ll see fossilized prehistoric life embedded in the formations and learn about the Edwards Aquifer. After the cave tour, you have to visit the park’s other quirky attractions. Visit the Anti-Gravity House where water flows uphill. See the Texas Hill Country from way up high in the Tejas Observation Tower. And our personal favorite, go see our furry friends at the Texas Wildlife Petting Park!


A boy looks up at a restored WWII-era Douglas C-47 Skytrain on display in San Marcos, TX

Commemorative Air Force

You can get a real up-close look at history at the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Central Texas Wing! Housed in a 1943 vintage wooden hangar, the CAF is home to airworthy historic military warbirds, including “That’s All, Brother,” the Douglas C-47 Skytrain that led the Allied invasion on D-Day in Normandy. Of course, you can’t miss the aircraft… But there’s also a military museum on the site that’s dedicated to aviation through all eras, but primarily focused on WWII. 

The Meadows Center

Head over to The Meadows Center for a very cool, and quintessential, San Marcos experience – the Glass-Bottom Boat Tour. The 30-minute tour of Spring Lake allows you to see the very bottom of the lake through a glass panel on the boat. You’ll see lots of flora and fauna, as well as the springs that give the lake its name. Your guides are full of facts and trivia about the history of the area and many creatures that call Spring Lake and the San Marcos River home. A hidden gem at The Meadows Center is the Wetlands Boardwalk, where you can walk a self-guided trail over the water to see more of the local flora and fauna in their natural habitat.

Explore Natural San Marcos

From leisurely strolls on accessible trails to more rugged terrain where the kids can go wild, San Marcos has a lot of beautiful natural areas that feel like you are miles away from civilization, even when you’re in the middle of town. Create a hiking scavenger hunt and pick a list of things for family members of all ages to find out in nature. Keep a list of the bugs and animals you’ve seen on your adventure. Listen for birds and see if you can identify them. Create leaf rubbings for the different trees you see. You’re in for a great night’s sleep after a full day exploring natural San Marcos!

Children’s Park

The Children’s Park is an accessible and inclusive place for children to play and, most importantly, get all that energy out. The playscape features a poured rubber safety surface, wide ramps throughout, a roller slide, 4 seat We-saw, Expression Swing, Liberty Swing, Omni Spinner, Team Swing and a Zip Krooze. It’s very cool, if we say so ourselves. The Children’s Park is located near the San Marcos River, perfect for an aquatic adventure after a trip to the playscape.

Go For A Dip

The crystal-clear spring-fed San Marcos River always makes for a fun activity. Whether you have small ones that splash in the shallows, or older kids who want to paddle their own canoe (or kayak, or SUP) there’s a spot on the river for you! Feeling a bit more adventurous? May we suggest the Glow Kayak Tour – a night adventure lit by LED lights fastened to the belly of the board/boat, allowing you to see the San Marcos River in a new way. And of course, May kicks off tubing season in San Marcos when the Lion's Club Tube Rental opens once again for a short, kid-friendly float through town. 

A great trip to San Marcos doesn’t have to hurt your wallet. In fact, some of our favorite things to do in San Marcos are absolutely free!

A great trip to San Marcos doesn’t have to hurt your wallet. In fact, some of our favorite things to do in San Marcos are absolutely free!