The city along the San Antonio – Austin I-35 corridor offers a beautiful natural setting, featuring spring-fed, crystal clear rivers and lakes, with things to do for all ages. From world-class shopping at the largest outlet malls in the U.S. to live music and cultural arts, to outdoor activities like tubing the rivers and Glass-Bottom Boat, Kayak, Texas State University, and SUP’ Tours (paddle board on the River). San Marcos provides area residents a host of fun events while still being home to one of the “best places to retire” (Forbes) and one of the “best cities for singles” (Livability.com).
Whether you want to live in a close to town neighborhood or out of the city where the stars shine bright and homes site on acres of land, you can find a home that suits your dreams. Production builders include Lennar, David Weekley, and Castle Rock among others
Plenty of custom homes in the area as well. Just depends on what your are looking for.
San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District covers 210 square miles mainly in Hays County and portions of Guadalupe and Caldwell counties. With a sharp focus on ensuring every student an opportunity to achieve success, SMCISD serves the community with six elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school.
San Marcos High School Rattler students hit the college-track on the first day of their freshman year. The high school offers advanced placement courses, career technology courses and dual enrollment at Texas State University and Austin Community College (ACC).
Dining and Shopping
The primary shopping attraction in San Marcos is one of the largest outlet malls in the state. There are actually two – San Marcos Premium Outlets and Tanger Outlets, but they are adjacent so you have one giant location. Here you’ll find shops for designer brands to specialty shops. There is a tram to take you from one end to the other. It is huge.
Trendy boutiques, eclectic markets, and unusual resale stores can be found around our charming and hip downtown square and in shopping plazas throughout the San Marcos area.
College students eat out – a lot. So there are plenty of places to dine in San Marcos. From the upscale Palmer’s near the campus to the large casual chain restaurants near the Outlets. You will also find a plethora of fast food restaurants around town.
Once the sun sets, things really heat up in San Marcos. Live music every night. Legendary career-launching stages. Small hole-in-the-wall bars. Big two-story concert theater. Just want a cold beer and a game of horseshoes? Maybe a quiet courtyard with the perfect margarita? How about a cool outdoor deck where your pup is welcome? No problem. Whatever you’re in the mood for, there’s a venue in San Marcos that will hit just the right note.
For a summer time treat, the San Marcos Performing Arts Commission and the San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department host the Summer in the Park concert series with live music at an outdoor venue every Thursday night from June to August.
The Cheatham Street Warehouse helped launch the careers of George Strait, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Randy Rogers, among others. Texas State University adds to the San Marcos music scene by hosting the Hill Country Jazz Festival and Eddie Durham Celebration annually. Take your dog to Middleton Brewery on RR 12 just outside of town.
Parks and Recreation
The San Marcos and Blanco Rivers flow through the city. Each of these rivers and creeks has parks or nature preserves with hiking trails along it.
The San Marcos River rises from the San Marcos Springs. The springs are home to several threatened or endangered species, including the Texas blind salamander, fountain darter, San Marcos gambusia, and Texas wild rice. The upper river flows through Texas State University making San Marcos a popular recreational area. Eventually, the San Marcos River is joined by the Blanco River a few miles downstream.