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When you think of exploring all the fun things there are to do in San Marcos, the wintertime probably isn’t the setting you imagine… But trust us, you don’t want to sleep on a chilly San Marcos adventure!


Winter Weather in San Marcos

San Marcos winters are usually pretty mild with temperatures typically not dipping to freezing or below. It’s certainly not usual to see snow in San Marcos, but every once in a while, we get just enough to play in for about a day before it melts, and we are back in our shorts and tee shirts once more. Layers will be your friend during a San Marcos winter. It might be a good idea to pack a light jacket and a slightly heavier layer just in case things get weird… 

Colorful Adventures

There’s also no hotter place in town (literally) than the hot shop at Wimberley Glassworks! Go see the colorful creations in the gallery and then head back to the shop to watch the artists hand-blow masterpieces out of the molten glass.

The colors of San Marcos shine brighter during the dreary winter months. San Marcos has a blossoming art scene, and you can find an ever-growing collection of murals, sculptures, galleries, and more popping up in even the most unusual places around town. Mini murals, massive murals, mermaids, and more – finding the art of SMTX is always a fun time. Check out our public art map below to find your next favorite piece!

Bartender pouring beer at wall of taps

Breweries & Nightlife

It may seem counterproductive, but sometimes sipping on something cool can warm you up real quick! Head to a hoppin’ nightlife spot for live music, dancing, and something to wet your whistle. Or find a brewery (we have three) where you can get cozy inside or by a firepit outside and enjoy a craft-made beverage.

Explore the Great Outdoors

While the trees may not be lush and green during the winter months, there’s something uniquely beautiful about a winter hike in San Marcos. One of the cool things about natural San Marcos is that you feel far from civilization while staying in the middle of town. Lean into the quiet, spend some time birdwatching, or just enjoy being outside and getting your blood pumping.

Helpful Tips

  • Always carry water for you or any four-legged friends you bring with you
  • Speaking of four-legged friends, keep them on leashes and pick up after them
  • Don’t listen to Robert Frost, stay on trail paths and within natural area fencing
  • Keep your phone charged in case of emergency, but also for all the photos you’ll want to take
  • Bring a map or use a GPS device
  • Campfires, glass containers, motor vehicles, weapons, horses, and camping are a no-go

Of course, the San Marcos River stays 72 degrees year-round, making it a great spot for paddlers hoping for a river adventure. A chilly paddle also means you get the river practically all to yourself!

Helpful Tips

  • San Marcos is full of natural beauty and we really want to keep it that way – take what you bring and dispose of trash properly
  • Leave glass and styrofoam at home
  • Have a plan just in case you get lost from your group
  • Don't bring anything to the river that you don't mind losing
  • Stick to public access points

Four shoppers with bagsSo Much Shopping

Whether you’re getting the gifts you wish you’d received (we know how that goes) or replenishing your wardrobe after a new year's clean-out, the San Marcos Outlets is the perfect place! You’ll find 210 name-brand and luxury stores offering some incredible deals. The San Marcos Outlets is the only Texas location for these outlet stores: Brahmin, CH Carolina Herrera, Citizen, Clarins, Dooney & Bourke, Gucci, Invicta, Jimmy Choo, Lafayette 148 New York, MCM, Salvatore Ferragamo, Saint Laurent, Stuart Weitzman, Versace, Vince, West Elm, and Williams-Sonoma.

Of course, you’ll want to check out the local San Marcos shopping options as well. Check out our stylish boutiques with the latest trends and always-in-style classics. Peruse eclectic artisanal stores and galleries with one-of-a-kind San Marcos-made wares like ceramics, hand-blown glass, textiles, jewelry, and more. No matter what kind of shopping strikes your fancy, you're sure to find and take home something you can’t find anywhere else.

Experience San Marcos Museums

From a US Presidential legacy and WWII warbirds to African American history and Texas music memorabilia. San Marcos museums cover a breadth of topics and histories on both a national and local level.

  • 200 Martin Luther King Dr.,
  • (512) 393-8421

Letters, books, photographs, and antique artifacts cover all aspects of African American life in early Texas, as visitors chart a rarely-told history of heroism in the Calaboose African American History Museum. “Calaboose,” was the common word for jail when Hays County’s first…

  • 1841 Airport Drive
  • (512) 396-1943

Housed in a 1943 vintage wooden hangar, the Central Texas Wing is home to airworthy historic military warbirds. Permanently assigned aircraft includes a B-25 Mitchell Bomber (Yellow Rose), the only flying Bell P-39 fighter plane in the western hemisphere (Miss Connie), a newly…

  • 131 N. Guadalupe
  • (512) 353-3300

The LBJ Museum of San Marcos preserves the legacy of Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th President of the United States, by focusing on his years spent as a student at what is now Texas State University (then Southwest Texas State Teachers College), his teaching experiences in South…

  • The Wittliff Collections, Alkek Library, 7th Floor, Talbot St,
  • (512) 245-2313

Founded in 1986, the Wittliff Collections are devoted to collecting and preserving the creative legacy of the Southwest and to fostering “the spirit of place” in the wider world through the acquisition of significant archives and works of the Southwest’s literature, film and…

A couple ice skate Central Texas-style at Sights & Sounds of Christmas in San Marcos

Winter Events

Things may seem quieter around here during the winter months, but don’t be fooled, there are still lots of really fun and unique events going on! This is the perfect time to try new-to-you reoccurring events and get cozy at smaller venues like open mic night, comedy shows, trivia nights, and more!  

Winter Events

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