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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Outlet Mall
“If you are needing some retail therapy this is the place. There is something for everyone, clothes to cooking and a whole lot more. ”
  • 93 locals recommend
Outlet Mall
“A great place to go shopping and have a dinner in the nice historic downtown of San Marcos.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Transportation
“SUPER CLOSE ONLY .7 MILES AWAY, ACROSS THE HIGHWAY! Enjoy floating the San Marcos River and bus transit! SHUTTLE AVAILABLE! It’s a ridiculously fun time! Don’t miss doing this if you stay here! It’s a must!”
  • 12 locals recommend
Café
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“This literal hole-in-the-wall (think Hobbit home in Lord of The Rings) serves an amazing brunch/breakfast! My favorites are the Shrimp and Grits and the Eggs Benedict! ”
  • 22 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Just a 30 minute drive into San Marcos, but a great place to have a nice dinner! ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Aquarium
“The headwaters of Aquarena Springs, you can take a guided glass bottom boat ride to see the aquatic animals below. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Park
“The best short float on the San Marcos River. End your float at Ivar’s River Pub.”
  • 15 locals recommend
River
“Probably the closest and one of my favorite toobing options! Ask me for more info, but you won’t regret a float down one of our beautiful rivers. Great way to beat the heat!!”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bar
“A local favorite this bar has a unique vintage look of an old mechanics garage and a fantastic backyard beer garden! not very 'college' so a great place to have an adult drink and relax! I love the mango margaritas! ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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“Parking can be tricky, so go on off hours or order from Instacart for delivery.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Amusement Park
“Fun family friendly outing with an historic cave. And it’s educational. Located in San Marcos ”
  • 17 locals recommend
University
“Texas State University (formerly Southwest Texas State) is a beautiful campus. Even if no one is college-bound, a visit to TSU, can plant seeds for the young and old, alike! ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Park
“Put on your sneakers and grab a water bottle, then head off for a stroll through the nature preserve!”
  • 13 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Their in-house beers are excellent. The food is interesting and not run of the mill. You gotta try this place.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Cinema
“Great movie theater with full menu service while sitting in your own recliner. Also, this location has bowling alleys and a bar.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“The best pizza for miles! Pizzeria serving New York style pie in SMTX, made with the highest quality fresh ingredients.”
  • 15 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Café
“This literal hole-in-the-wall (think Hobbit home in Lord of The Rings) serves an amazing brunch/breakfast! My favorites are the Shrimp and Grits and the Eggs Benedict! ”
  • 22 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Just a 30 minute drive into San Marcos, but a great place to have a nice dinner! ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“The best pizza for miles! Pizzeria serving New York style pie in SMTX, made with the highest quality fresh ingredients.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Located in San Marcos and inspired by the beautiful river, Patio Dolcetto embodies the energy and class of the city with the laid back atmosphere of the Hill Country. Designed with a relaxed approach to great wines, bubbles, ciders, craft beers and good food, we invite you to drink, eat, share, relax and enjoy! 2-Level Garden Patio & Wine Lounge. Enjoy Wine Tastings, Flights, Tapas, Naan Pizzas, Gourmet Cheese & Charcuterie Boards, Desserts & Coffees! ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Food Truck
“Local Mexican Restaurant on Hwy 80. Excellent food, clean, courteous staff! Open 7 am - 8 pm. $ ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Really relaxing patio and vibe, and the food is ahmazing! Blue Dahlia Bistro is European-style restaurant with three locations in the Austin, Texas area. We strive to serve fresh food using local & organic ingredients when possible. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Great food and great price!! How often does that happen?! Bring your wine and beer. HEB has a great selection. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
BBQ Restaurant
“Blacks has the best brisket in Texas! I always ask for lean brisket. I also love their bbq sauce. Enjoy!”
  • 11 locals recommend