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Just south of Austin lies the charming city of San Marcos where many Texans escape to enjoy outdoor, family fun. With miles of rivers and clear springs it's the perfect place to take a dip, and during the busy vacation times you'll see people floating on inner tubes, kayaking, and enjoying all manner of water sports. There's also plenty to enjoy on dry land, with a thriving downtown area and lots of attractions for kids of all ages, allowing you to enjoy the Texas sunshine.

Things to see

The San Marcos Outlet Malls are a stylish, upmarket collection of designer stores selling their goods at discount prices. If you're into labels then a wander around this outdoor mall will allow you to pick up some great bargains from some of the most exclusive brands in the world. If the kids are getting bored with shopping then bribing them with a trip to Wonder World can give you some peace. Take a tour through an earthquake created cave with dramatic, jagged rocks, enjoying different challenges and exiting into the sky through the observation tower. There's also a small train that takes you around the park and through a petting zoo, and you'll spot exotic birds and species wandering around. If you're visiting the San Marcos Springs then a trip to the Aquarena Center allows you learn more about this peaceful and unspoilt area, and you can also take a glass bottomed boat tour that allows you to see the clear waters below your feet and spot endangered species.

Hotels in San Marcos

Those who are looking for cheap hotels in San Marcos will be impressed by the range of clean, basic accommodation at low nightly rates. Most hotels in the area are 2 or 3 stars and are part of major chains, so you still enjoy features such as outdoor pools, free parking, complimentary breakfasts, newspapers in the lobby, and 24 front desk services. Rooms are also comfortable and full of features such as air conditioning, coffee makers, hair dryers, free cable television, and irons. If you're traveling with family then you can often request family or interconnecting rooms, as well as being able to hire rollaway beds, cribs, refrigerators, and microwaves.

Where to stay

San Marcos is often visited by nature lovers who want to enjoy the famous springs and the surrounding river where you can swim in the cool waters or enjoy tubing along the gentle current. However, not far from this peaceful area you've also got downtown at your disposal, which is full of boutiques and locally owned restaurants, giving it an old-fashioned charm. The area is also cultural and has a bohemian vibe, with local artists displaying their work in shop windows, and even along the pavements for you to peruse.

How to get to San Marcos

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is about a 40 minute drive north of San Marcos, and from here you can catch flights to major cities across the USA. Most San Marcos visitors choose to pick up a rental car, or book a taxi or shuttle to meet them at the airport which is usually the fastest way to transfer to your hotel. You can also take a bus into the center of Austin and then hop on a train to San Marcos Station. Arriving via Amtrak is also convenient as the city is on the Texas Eagle line which takes you as far as San Antonio, Los Angeles, or Chicago.

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