The Experience

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


Students floating the San Marcos River

Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel performing on campus

Mariachis posing in front of the Texas State Capitol in Austin

While at Texas State, students explore:

  • challenging course work
  • accessible faculty
  • the university's close proximity to Austin (30 minutes) and San Antonio (45 minutes)
  • 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:

Experience, Wonder World and Five Mile Dam. 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. Fifteen minutes down the road, 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. Tour the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum. Enrich yourself at Ballet Austin and Austin's Broadway series. Take a dip in Barton Springs. 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 fun ideas.


San Antonio:

Remember the Alamo. Be amazed at the Ripley's Believe It or Not museum. Explore San Antonio Botanical Gardens. Saddle up with the Texas Cowboy museum. Go wild at the San Antonio Zoo. Enjoy a fun-filled day at Sea World or Six Flags Fiesta Texas. Explore the Institute of Texan Cultures or shop at Market Square. Take in a San Antonio Spurs basketball game. Enjoy the River Walk's restaurants, shops and history. For more fun, check out the Visit San Antonio website.