Getting to Know San Marcos
Over the years, certain places in San Marcos have cemented themselves as staples, and new hangouts are always popping up as the city grows. Get to know — or revisit — these local spots in and around the Texas State campus!
This museum and archive at the top of Alkek Library displays a wealth of photos, artifacts, manuscripts and more, devoted to the culture of the Southwest and Mexico. Admission is free.
Take a glass-bottom boat tour to learn about the natural beauty and endangered species of the upper San Marcos River. Afterwards, stroll through Discovery Hall to see live animals and interactive exhibits.
Mural alley: The ever-changing Imagine Alley is always worth a stop. See the latest murals before new ones take their place!
Dahlia Woods Gallery: Texas art plus an independent bookstore — what’s not to love?
Rene Perez’s hidden art: Keep an eye out for this artist’s quirky, painted street art characters.
Mermaid sculptures: Look out for the seven-foot-tall mermaid statues, each one decorated differently, that make up a public art project led by the San Marcos Arts Commission.
The Great Outdoors
Take in the city’s natural beauty — including its heart and soul, the San Marcos River — at these parks and trails.
Pie Society: “I love Pie Society because it’s not your normal pizza place. You get to try really different kinds of pizza and toppings by the slice. The Balance of Power is my favorite!”
Zelick's: “Zelicks offers a fun indoor/outdoor space to lounge, enjoy catching up with friends and study on a beautiful afternoon!”
Dos Gatos: “Hands down, Dos Gatos is the best kolache bakery in Texas! Whether you like sweet or savory, they offer a little bit of everything.”
Gil's Broiler: “Gil’s is an iconic spot here in town. Just knowing that it’s the oldest restaurant in San Marcos makes it feel like you’re taking a step back in time.”
Alvin Ord's: “San Marcos’ best little sandwich shop.”
The Root Cellar: “The Root Cellar is a great place to take family and friends when visiting town. They have such a friendly staff and a variety of delicious dishes!”
Sunset Bowling: Whether you’re eager for competition or just looking for a way to unwind, visit the lanes at Sunset.
San Marcos Farmers’ Market: Local farmers and artisans gather each Saturday on the Square to sell fresh produce and homemade goods.
Art Squared: Browse original artwork, chat with the artists and try the drop-in activities during this outdoor event on the Square. Second Saturday of the month, March through December.
Cheatham Street Warehouse: Head to this beloved venue to catch the next big act! On Wednesdays, songwriters perform original work during Kent Finlay’s Songwriter Circle.
Third Thursdays: Stroll through the Square and enjoy food, music and shopping, San Marcos style.
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