Legend says when Franciscan monks discovered the spring-fed San Marcos River, they chose the name because it was St. Mark's day. Archaeological evidence shows that Native Americans settled the area thousands of years earlier. Outdoor enthusiasts can snorkel, fish, kayak or tube the crystal-clear river. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the downtown district features galleries, shops and restaurants. The restored Hays County Courthouse is at Hopkins Street and LBJ Drive. The Hays County Veterans Memorial is at Hopkins Street and Riverside Drive. Bed-and-breakfast accommodations are offered in the historic district. The city is home to Texas State University.
Shopping opportunities range from a Saturday Farmer's Market to the San Marcos Premium Outlets and Tanger Outlets.
Events include the Texas Water Safari and BIGFest in June. Junior Texas Water Safari is in September.
Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun.
617 I-35 N.