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What to see and do in San Marcos, Austin, and San Antonio

While at Texas State, students explore:

  • challenging course work
  • accessible faculty
  • the university's close proximity to Austin (30 minutes) and San Antonio (50 minutes)
  • a college-town atmosphere
  • cultural events and environment
  • the San Marcos River
  • a large campus with numerous resources
  • a rich heritage and history, including such alumni as former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson

San Marcos:

Float the San Marcos River and glide across Spring Lake in a glass bottom boat. Watch the Bobcats compete in NCAA sporting events. See the San Marcos Courthouse Square and shop at the San Marcos outlet malls. Thirty-five minutes down the road in New Braunfels, ride the waves at the nation's premier water park, Schlitterbahn. For more information see the Visitors section of the City of San Marcos website.


Tour the Texas State Capitol Building. Visit the Governor's Mansion. Browse the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum. Enrich yourself at Ballet Austin and Austin's Broadway series. Take a dip in Barton Springs. Attend ACL Music Festival in autumn and South by Southwest (SXSW) in spring. See the bats at sundown from the Ann Richards Bridge over Lady Bird Lake. Try some Texas two-stepping at an Austin City Limits filming, and enjoy the sights and sounds of historic Sixth Street. Visit the Austin: Live Music Capital of the World website for more ideas.

San Antonio:

Tour the Alamo. Walk through the San Antonio Botanical Gardens. Attend a performance at the Majestic Theatre. Survey art at the San Antonio Museum of Art and the McNay Art Museum. Enjoy a fun-filled day at Six Flags Fiesta Texas or Sea World. Explore the Institute of Texan Cultures or shop at Market Square. Saddle up with the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo in February. Watch a San Antonio Spurs basketball game in person. Enjoy the River Walk's restaurants and shops. For more fun, check out the Visit San Antonio website.