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SAN MARCOS, Texas
Pronounced: "san mar cose"
"Jewel of the Corridor"
Population (2011): 46,685
COL Index (2008): 86.9
Elevation: 617 ft
Area: 30.2 sm
(county seat), Caldwell, Guadalupe
Zip Code: 78666, 78667
Area Code: 512
Time Zone: CST
Coordinates: 29° 52' 45.79" N, 97° 56' 19.78" W
Location: SE part of county;
25 mi SW of Austin
, 49 mi NE of San Antonio
, 19 mi NE of New Braunfels
Highways: IH-35, TX 21, 80
Rivers: San Marcos
CITY OF SAN MARCOS: 512-393-8000
630 E Hopkins, San Marcos, TX 78666
Web: www.ci.san-marcos.tx.us; www.www.sanmarcostx.gov
CHAMBER & TOURISM:
SAN MARCOS AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
202 North C.M. Allen Pkwy, POB 2310, San Marcos, TX 78667
Web: www.sanmarcostexas.com, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
SAN MARCOS CONVENTION AND VISITOR BUREAU
1-888-200-5620, 512-393-5930; Fax: 512-393-5912
617 IH-35 N, San Marcos, TX 78667
Web: www.toursanmarcos.com; E-mail: email@example.com
VISITOR'S GUIDES: www.san-marcos-texas.net
SAN MARCOS 78666: www.78666.com
SAN MARCOS HOSPITALITY ASSOCIATION: www.visitsanmarcos.com
ABOUT.com, Summer in San Marcos: http://gotexas.about.com/od/hillcountry/a/SanMarcos.htm
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT RESOURCES:
SAN MARCOS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL: www.ecodevsanmarcos.org
SMALLER NEIGHBORING TOWNS:
PRINCIPAL BUSINESS: Tourism, farming, ranching, manufacturing, quaint shopping, and outlet shopping malls
AQUARENA CENTER: Exhibits explain the springs, and their flora and fauna. Glass bottom boat ride. Bird watching on the "Wetlands Boardwalk" along San Marcos River. See full details in Directory below.
BELVIN STREET DISTRICT: A few blocks W of the square. A collection of 19th century houses. Not normally open to the public - drive-by viewing only. Tour of Homes first weekend in May.
(THE FORMER, HISTORIC) CITY HALL AND FIRE STATION: (c. 1915). Half block N of the square. Spanish Revival building typical of the period when fire stations shared space with other community services.
COMMEMORATIVE AIR FORCE CENTRAL TEXAS WING: Vintage military aircraft in the 1943 vintage wooden hangar, and museum. See full details in Directory below.
MAJOR RETAIL SHOPPING MALL OUTLETS: Bargain hunting at its best! On SE side of IH-35 at exit 200 between New Braunfels and San Marcos:
PRIME SHOPPING OUTLETS & TANGER SHOPPING OUTLETS: San Marcos is the largest outlet shopping destination in Texas! Additionally, the center is the 3rd most visited tourist attraction in Texas and was ranked the 3rd Best Place to Shop in the world as seen on ABC's "The View". With more than 10 million visitors a year from all over the world; it is a true shoppers haven with over 130 luxury and popular American brand names. See full details in Directory below.
QUAIL CREEK GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB: See full details in Directory below.
(A.E. WOOD) SAN MARCOS NATIONAL FISH HATCHERY: See Parks
SAN MARCOS RIVER RECREATION: San Marcos Parks & Recreation Dept: 512-393-8400.
SAN MARCOS RIVER TUBING & PADDLING: See our focus page at Tubing & Paddling on the famous Comal river.
SAN MARCOS RIVER WALKWAY:
SCENIC DRIVE: RR 32, "Devil's Backbone"
TEXAS STATE GOLF COURSE: See full details in Directory below.
TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY: 601 University Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666; 512-245-2111; (18,822); Founded in 1899, opened in 1903 as Southwest Texas Normal School. On the hill North and East of the square on the 11 acres. www.txstate.edu
WITTLIFF GALLERY OF SOUTHWESTERN & MEXICAN PHOTOGRAPHY AND SOUTHWESTERN WRITERS COLLECTION: Alkek Library, Texas State University, 512-245-2313.
WONDER WORLD PARK: 512-392-3760; 1000 Prospect St, San Marcos, TX 78666. www.wonderworldpark.com; A one-of-a-kind Theme Park. Visitors have enjoyed touring the Balcones Fault Line Cave for 105+ years, and now, the park has many other attractions for family fun and entertainment. Enjoy a guided tour and discover the nation's only true example of an earthquake-formed cave deep underground and see up close the devastation of a major quake. Exit by the "Stratavator" and ride high into the sky to the Tejas Observation Tower. Be amazed by the Topsy-Turvy World of the Anti-gravity House where everything is backwards, even water flows up hill! Board the train and splash through the waterfalls of Mystery Mountain on your way to the Texas' largest Wildlife Petting Park (zoo). Educational and fun for ALL ages. Open daily, all weather. Free picnic grounds, shops, restaurant. Located just off IH-35 (Exit 202 Wonder World Dr)
HISTORIC STRUCTURES: Charles S Cock House (c1867); Merriman Cabin (1800s)
NEARBY & HILL COUNTRY-WIDE ATTRACTIONS: See Attractions.
Some of the very nearby attractions include:
KYLE: HISTORIC DOWNTOWN DISTRICT; HISTORIC TRAIN DEPOT; KYLE AUCTION OAK; KYLE HANGING TREE; KATHERINE ANNE PORTER MUSEUM; CLAIBORNE KYLE LOG HOUSE; GOLF
NEW BRAUNFELS: ALAMO CLASSIC CAR MUSEUM; BARBERSHOP MUSEUM; CLEAR SPRINGS AVIARIES & ZOOLOGICAL GARDENS; DRY COMAL CREEK VINEYARDS; FIRE MUSEUM; GOLF; HERITAGE VILLAGE; HISTORIC GRUENE; LINDHEIMER HOUSE; McKENNA CHILDREN'S MUSEUM; MUSEUM OF ART AND MUSIC; NATURAL BRIDGE CAVERNS; NATURAL BRIDGE WILDLIFE RANCH; NEW BRAUNFELS CONSERVATION SOCIETY; PARKS; RAILROAD MUSEUM; RIVER TUBING; SCHLITTERBAHN WATERPARK; SHOPPING OUTLET MALLS; SNAKE FARM; SOPHIENBURG MUSEUM
PARKS: There are state and county parks in the greater area as profiled on the Parks page. These nearby parks include:
CANYON LAKE AREA: CANYON PARK; CANYON BEACH PARK; COMAL PARK; CRANES MILL PARK; GUADALUPE PARK; NORTH PARK; OVERLOOK PARK; POTTERS CREEK PARK; JACOB'S PARK
SPRING BRANCH: HILL COUNTRY STATE NATURAL AREA; HONEY CREEK STATE NATURAL AREA
Local city parks include:
21 parks, including the Children's Park, along the river.
City Park, Dunbar Park, Jacees Lions Park, Rio Vista Park, San Marcos Plaza Park (202 N CM Allen Pkwy)
Also see county parks at: Hays County profile.
For full details on these and nearby events see Festivals & Major Events, Trade Days & Farmers Markets, Live Entertainment, and calendars on our other focus topic pages accessible from the menu above.
- May: Natural and Western Swing Festival
- Jul: Summerfest
- Oct: Farmer Fred's Fall Carnival
- On-going Events:
- Every Wed: Kent Finlay's Songwriter's Circle, at Cheatham Street Warehouse, 512-353-3777
WEATHER: Weather Underground
On-Line Latest News: Topix;
SAN MARCOS MERCURY: www.sanmarcosmercury.com
Newspaper: SAN MARCOS DAILY RECORD: 512-392-2458; 1910 IH-35 S, San Marcos, TX 78666. (www.sanmarcosrecord.com
MAPS: Google, more maps
Handbook of Texas Online: "It was the site of several Spanish attempts at colonization before it became the center of Anglo-American settlement in the area. The first such attempt, in 1755, saw the short-lived establishment of the San Xavier missions and the presidio of San Francisco Xavier. These were relocated less than a year later, and the headwaters of the San Marcos River remained unsettled for another half century. In 1808 the Spanish governor of Texas, Manuel Antonio Cordero y Bustamante, sponsored the civil settlement of San Marcos de Neve near the same site, but floods and Indian raids prompted its abandonment in 1812. In November 1846 Thomas G. McGehee became the first Anglo-American to settle in the vicinity of the San Marcos Springs, but William W. Moon has been identified as the original resident of the site that became San Marcos proper. Moon was soon joined by other former members of John C. Hays's company of Texas Rangers and by Gen. Edward Burleson. Caton Erhard opened the first store and post office by 1847, and the First Methodist Church began soon after. The Texas Legislature organized Hays County on March 1, 1848, and designated the young community as the county seat. San Marcos already had 387 residents. In 1851 General Burleson, William Lindsey, and Dr. Eli T. Merriman took possession of a 640-acre section of the Juan Veramendi grant and laid out the town center. Tarbox and Brown stagecoaches linked San Marcos with Austin and San Antonio in 1848, and the town began its development as the commercial center for the cart trade between area farmers and ranchers and coastal commission merchants. It also became a center for ginning and milling local agricultural products. Slowed for a while by the Civil War, the population in 1870 had grown only to 742, but in the decade following the arrival of the International-Great Northern Railroad in 1881 it reached 2,335. In that decade the town supported two banks, an opera house, and a variety of stores, saloons, and other businesses.
Cattle and cotton production in the area provided the basis for the gradual but steady growth of San Marcos as a center for commerce and transportation. The chartering in 1899 and subsequent opening in 1903 of Southwest Texas State Normal School and of the San Marcos Baptist Academy in 1907 established education as an important local industry. By the second decade of the twentieth century San Marcos counted more than 4,000 residents. On the eve of World War II the population was estimated to be 5,500, and the town had 200 businesses. During and after World War II the city's economy began to diversify, and growth accelerated. Wartime demand provided the initial stimulus for development of a light industrial and manufacturing sector; it was reported after the war that the financial resources of the city had increased 500 percent from prewar levels. In the 1960s, with the emergence of Aquarena Springs and Wonder Cave as important attractions, the tourist industry became a reliable and growing source of income. The expansion of Southwest Texas State University into an important regional institution, as well as the establishment in 1965 of the Gary Job Corps Training Center, not only made education the single largest employer in the city but also helped to account for a 48 percent increase in population, from 12,713 in 1962 to 18,860 in 1972. Growth continued through the 1970s. Industrial development continued apace; among the 400 businesses recorded by 1980 were manufacturers of furniture, sheet metal products, plastics, woolens, lighting fixtures, telecommunication devices, baked goods, construction materials, and tortillas. Austin's emergence as a regional metropolitan center is another cause of the remarkable growth of San Marcos since the 1950s; in 1973 Hays County and San Marcos became part of the Austin Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area. By the mid-1980s at least 20 percent of Hays County's labor force worked in Travis County. San Marcos itself was estimated to have a population of 25,000 and an additional 20,000 students, for a total of 45,000. In 1990 the population was 28,743. The population reached 34,733 in 2000."
San Marcos is considered by many to be among the oldest continuously inhabited sites in the Northern Hemisphere.
NATIONAL REGISTRY SITES:
CEMETERIES: City Cemetery
AVAILABLE SERVICES: Gas: yes; Convenience Stores: yes; Restaurants: yes; Lodging: yes; Grocery Stores: yes; Banks: yes; Vehicle Repair: yes; Hospital: no; Med Clinic: yes; Post Office: yes; Public Schools: yes; Cemetery: yes
PORTAL WEB CAM GALLERY: San Marcos Courthouse; San Marcos-Travis Elementary; San Marcos-Chuck Nash
OTHER PROFILES: Wikipedia; ePodunk; City Data; Texas Escapes; Travel Texas
We welcome submission of updates, additions, corrections & digital photos, without compensation.
BUSINESS & ORGANIZATION DIRECTORY
TREASURES: 512-754-0029; 226 LBJ, San Marcos, TX 78666
BUTLER FINE ART: 512-396-5477; 601 Franklin Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666-2427
CARDINAL FRAME & ART: 512-392-7699; 1904 RR 12, #101, San Marcos, TX 78666-1141
EYE OF THE DOG ART CENTER: 512-754-8171; San Marcos, TX 78666. www.eotdac.com
EYES OF TX GALLERY: 512-353-7263; 331 W Hopkins, #D, San Marcos, TX 78666-4461
SAN MARCOS AREA ARTS COUNCIL: San Marcos, TX 78666
SODA TOOTH CONTEMPORARY ART STUDIOS AND GALLERY: 214-293-2896; 1428 Old RR 12, San Marcos, TX 78666. www.sodatooth.com
(THE) WALKERS' GALLERY: San Marcos Activities Center, 501 E Hopkins, San Marcos, TX 78661
WITTLIFF GALLERY OF SOUTHWESTERN AND MEXICAN PHOTOGRAPHY AND SOUTHWESTERN WRITERS COLLECTION: 512-245-2313; San Marcos, TX 78661. www.sanmarcosarts.com. Alkek Library, at Southwest Texas State University.
AUTOMOTIVE, VEHICLES, SERVICE
CHUCK NASH AUTO GROUP: 800-460-6274; 512-353-7788; 3209 IH-35 N, San Marcos, TX 78666. www.chucknashautogroup.com. Chevrolet, Buick, GMC
SAN MARCOS TOYOTA: 866-979-1694; 5101 IH-35 S, San Marcos, TX 78666.
A+ FEDERAL CREDIT UNION: 512-302-6800; 1204 Thorpe Ln, San Marcos, TX 78666. www.aplusfcu.org
BBVA COMPASS BANK: 512-754-8800; 300 S LBJ Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666. www.bbvacompass.com
CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH: 512-353-8540; 1906 IH-35 N, San Marcos, TX 78666. www.calvarysanmarcos.com
CHEATHAM STREET WAREHOUSE: 512-353-3777; 119 Cheatham St, San Marcos, TX 78666. www.cheathamstreet.com. Famous bar and dance hall that launched the careers of George Strait and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Circa 1910. Public dances, medium-small dance space elevated in front of the stage. Wooden Floored. Full bar. Free live music every weekday 5:30-7:00 pm. Major bands with admission fee most Fri & Sat nights.
BODY BEAUTIFUL SPA: 512-805-0155; 1330 Aquarena Springs Dr, Ste 107, San Marcos, TX 78666. www.bodybeautifulspa.biz
JOANNA RULEY-GARZA BEAUTY, STYLE AND WELLNESS: 512-644-1271; 322 W Hopkins, Ste 6, San Marcos, TX 78666. www.tranquilodayspa.com
(Police, Fire, EMS/Medical)
AIR EVAC LIFETEAM: 512-805-9367; 1999-D Medical Pkwy, San Marcos, TX 78666. http://sanmarcos.lifeteam.net
SAN MARCOS/HAYS COUNTY EMS: 512-353-5115; 1305 IH-35 N, San Marcos, TX 78667. http://www.smhcems.com. Serves San Marcos, Kyle, Mountain City, Hays, Dripping Springs, Henly, Driftwood, Uhland and Niederwald, most of Hays County and portions of Guadalupe County.
QUAIL CREEK GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB: 512-353-1665; 2701 Airport Hwy 21, San Marcos, TX 78666. www.quailcreekgcc.com. Semi-Private, 18 holes, 6424 yds, par 72.
TEXAS STATE GOLF COURSE: 512-245-7593; 1351 Post Rd, San Marcos, TX 78666; 512-245-7593. www.campusrecreation.txstate.edu/programs/golf.html. Public, 9 holes, 2850 yds, par 34.
LOCAL CITY GOVERNMENT:
CITY OF SAN MARCOS: 512-393-8000; 630 E Hopkins, San Marcos, TX 78666. www.ci.san-marcos.tx.us
LOCAL COUNTY GOVERNMENT: See: County Government Offices
HAYS COUNTY CIVIC CENTER: 512-353-0498; 1249 Civic Center Loop, San Marcos, TX 78666. www.co.hays.tx.us/index.php/business/civic-center
SAN MARCOS MUNICIPAL AIRPORT (HYI): 512-353-2379. San Marcos. Publicly owned, open to the public. Located 4 mi E of downtown. 78656. No tower. Runway: 6330 x 100 ft.; AirNav
STATE & FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: For offices that represent the Hill Country,
see: Texas & Federal Government Offices
HAYS COUNTY AGRILIFE EXTENSION SERVICE OFFICE: 512-393-2120; 1253 Civic Center Loop, San Marcos, TX 78666. Agents: Susan Schramm, Richard Parrish. http://hays-tx.tamu.edu, firstname.lastname@example.org
UNITED STATES SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION: 512-396-3972; 900 Bugg Ln, Ste 200, San Marcos, TX 78666. www.socialsecurity.gov
DAY & SEASON HUNTING OPPORTUNITIES:
See full list of leases for this town at: Hunting & Fishing.
CRYSTAL RIVER INN: 512-396-3739; 326 W Hopkins St, San Marcos, TX 78666. A romantic 1883 Victorian inn and garden complex. Twelve rooms in three buildings surround a garden with roses, fountains, and beautiful old pecan trees. www.crystalriverinn.com
KNIGHTS INN: 512-353-1303; 801 IH-35 N, San Marcos, TX 78666
AMERICA'S BEST VALUE INN: 512-396-6060; 1507 IH-35 N, San Marcos, TX 78666. www.bestvalue-inn.com
BAYMONT INN AND SUITES SAN MARCOS: 512-392-6800; 4210 IH-35 S, San Marcos, TX 78666. www.baymontinns.com
BEST BUDGET INN: 512-392-3990; 903 IH-35 N, San Marcos, TX 78666. www.bestbudgetinn.com
BEST WESTERN SAN MARCOS: 512-754-7557; 917 IH-35 N, San Marcos, TX 78666
COMFORT INN SAN MARCOS: 512-396-5665; 1611 IH-35 N, San Marcos, TX 78666
COMFORT SUITES: 512-392-1006; 104 IH-35 N, San Marcos, TX 78666
COUNTRY INN & SUITES: 512-392-8111; 1560 IH-35 S, San Marcos, TX 78666. www.countryinns.com
CRYSTAL RIVER INN: 888-396-3739; 326 W Hopkins, San Marcos, TX 78666. www.crystalriverinn.com
DAYS INN SAN MARCOS: 512-353-5050; 1005 IH-35 N, San Marcos, TX 78666. www.daysinn.com
ECONO LODGE MARCOS: 512-353-5300; 811 S Guadalupe St, San Marcos, TX 78666
EMBASSY SUITES & CONFERENCE CENTER: 512-392-6450; 1001 E McCarty Ln, San Marcos, TX 78666
EXECUTIVE INN & SUITES: 512-393-3990; 930 IH-35 N, San Marcos, TX 78666
GATEWAY INN: 512-754-7766; 921 IH-35 N, San Marcos, TX 78666. www.gatewayinnsm.com
HAMPTON INN: 800-426-7866; 106 IH-35 N, San Marcos, TX 78666. www.stonebridgehotels.com
HAMPTON INN AND SUITES SAN MARCOS: 512-754-7707; 106 IH-35 N, San Marcos, TX 78666. www.hamptoninn.com
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS HOTEL & SUITES SAN MARCOS: 1-866-270-5110; 108 IH-35 N, San Marcos, TX 78666
HOWARD JOHNSON SAN MARCOS: 512-396-3700; 1601 IH-35 N, San Marcos, TX 78666
KNIGHTS INN: 512-353-1303; 801 IH-35 N, San Marcos, TX 78666. http://www.parksidehotels.com
LA QUINTA INN: 512-392-0324; 1619 IH-35, San Marcos, TX 78666. www.lq.com
MOTEL 6: 800-466-8356; 1321 IH-35 N, San Marcos, TX 78666. www.motel6.com
QUALITY INN SAN MARCOS: 512-353-7770; 1433 IH-35 N, San Marcos, TX 78666
RAMADA LIMITED SAN MARCOS: 512-395-8000; 1701 IH-35 N, Exit 206, San Marcos, TX 78666. www.ramada.com
RED ROOF INN SAN MARCOS: 512-754-8899; 817 IH-35 N, San Marcos, TX 78666
RIVER PINE PENSIONE BED AND BREAKFAST: 1-800-508-0091; 1420 River Rd, San Marcos, TX 78666
RODEWAY INN SAN MARCOS: 512-353-8011; 1635 Aquarena Springs Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666
STONEBRIDGE HOTELS: 512-805-3770; 106 IH-35 N, San Marcos, TX 78666. www.stonebridgehotels.com
SUPER 8 MOTEL: 512-396-0400; 1429 IH-35 N, San Marcos, TX 78666. www.super8.com
CENTRAL TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER: Directions: 512-353-8979; 1301 Wonder World Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666. Map
SAN MARCOS TREATMENT CENTER: 800-251-0059; 120 Bert Brown Rd, San Marcos, TX 78666. www.sanmarcostc.com. Mental health evaluation and treatment to a unique population of impaired adolescents.
VITALOGY SKINCARE: 512-393-3376; 1320 Wonder World Dr, Ste 108, San Marcos, TX 78666. Dermatology. www.vitologyskincare.com.
WONDER WORLD CENTER FOR CANCER CARE: 512-396-2500; San Marcos, TX 78666
MISCELLANEOUS GOODS & SERVICES
A-ARROW BAIL BOND: 830-868-2416; 512-376-2030; 1-888-445-8625; San Marcos, TX 78666. www.arrowbailbondsusa.com
AIRFORCE TURBINE SERVICE: 512-878-1913; 1911 Corporate Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666
AQUARENA CENTER: 512-245-7570; Exhibits explain the springs, and their flora and fauna. Glass bottom boat ride. Bird watching on the "Wetlands Boardwalk" along San Marcos River. Operated by Texas State University. www.aquarena.txstate.edu
BUM'S BILLIARDS: 512-396-1964; 650 E Hopkins St, San Marcos, TX 78666
FARM BUREAU INSURANCE: 512-396-2013; 2208 Hunter Rd, San Marcos, TX 78666. www.fbtx-ins.com
FIRE STATION STUDIOS: 512-396-1144; 224 N Guadalupe St, San Marcos, TX 78666. Services include: digital recording, mastering, mixing, video and film post-production, CD-ROM, DVD and multimedia authoring, DV editing and audio encoding. www.firestationstudios.com
GLASS BOTTOM KAYAK TOURS: 512-245-7560, San Marcos, TX 78666
KBPA 103.5 FM: San Marcos, TX 78666. Emmis Austin Radio Broadcasting Company, L.P. Hits
KTSW 89.9 FM: San Marcos, TX 78666. Texas State University-San Marcos. Alternative Rock
KUOL 1470 AM: San Marcos, TX 78666. SM Radio, Inc. Spanish Christian
KZOS-LP 92.5 FM: San Marcos, TX 78666. City of San Marcos
KRUEGER PHOTOGRAPHY: 512-392-2244; 200 Claremont Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666. www.lovingmemories4u.com
LOWE'S: 512-393-3111; 2211 IH-35 S, San Marcos, TX 78666. www.lowes.com
OLYMPIC OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: 512-203-0093; 602 IH-35 N, San Marcos, TX 78666. www.kayakinstruction.org
RENT-ALLS, INC: 512-353-1633; San Marcos, TX 78666. Party goods and supplies
SELLMAN ENTERPRISES: HQ: 512-312-0002; San Marcos: 512-393-7070. www.sellmansepticservices.com. Septic system pumping, cleaning, repairs, maintenance.
SKYDIVE SAN MARCOS: 512 488 2214; Hwy 80 S, Fentress Airpark, Fentress South San Marcos), TX 78622. www.skydivesanmarcos.com. 80 acre facility has RV sites, bunk house, hangers, training.
SUNSET BOWLING LANES: 512-396-2334; 1304 Hwy 123, San Marcos, TX 78666. www.sunsetbowlinglanes.com
TUTTLE LUMBER: 512-392-0151; 228 S Guadalupe St, San Marcos, TX 78666. www.tuttlelumber.com
TOUR SAN MARCOS: 888-200-5620; www.toursanmarcos.com
WONDER WORLD PARK: 512-392-3760; 1000 Prospect St, San Marcos, TX 78666; www.wonderworldpark.com. A one-of-a-kind Theme Park. Visitors have enjoyed touring the Balcones Fault Line Cave for 105+ years, and now, the park has many other attractions for family fun and entertainment. Enjoy a guided tour and discover the nation's only true example of an earthquake-formed cave deep underground and see up close the devastation of a major quake. Exit by the "Stratavator" and ride high into the sky to the Tejas Observation Tower. Be amazed by the Topsy-Turvy World of the Anti-gravity House where everything is backwards, even water flows up hill! Board the train and splash through the waterfalls of Mystery Mountain on your way to the Texas' largest Wildlife Petting Park (zoo). Educational and fun for ALL ages. Open daily, all weather. Free picnic grounds, shops, restaurant. Located just off IH-35 (Exit 202 Wonder World Dr)
CALABOOSE AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY MUSEUM: 512-393-8421, 512-353-0124; 200 W MLK Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666. Located inside the historic Hays County Jail, built in 1873, the Calaboose offers a look at the roles African-Americans have filled in law, medicine, science, and exploration. Among the displays is a local black-history showcase and an exhibit on the Buffalo Soldiers who helped settle the Texas frontier. www.sanmarcosarts.com
COMMEMORATIVE AIR FORCE CENTRAL TEXAS WING: 512-396-1943; San Marcos, TX 7866. Vintage military aircraft in the 1943 vintage wooden hangar, and museum. At the San Marcos Municipal Airport.
NON-PROFIT & PUBLIC SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS
CONFEDERATE AIR FORCE-CEN-TEX WING: 512-396-1943; San Marcos, TX 78666
HILL COUNTRY EVENT CENTER: 107 Centerpoint Rd, San Marcos, TX 78666
LADIES STATE CHILI CHAMPIONSHIP OF TEXAS: 512-558-1321; 613 Willow Creek, San Marcos, TX 78666. www.ladiesstate.org . Hold annual event.
LIONS CLUB TUBE RENTAL: 512-396-5466, www.tubessanmarcos.com
SAN MARCOS AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: 512-393-5900, 888-200-5620; 202 N C.M. Allen Pkwy, POB 2310, San Marcos, TX 78667. www.sanmarcostexas.com, email@example.com
SAN MARCOS CONVENTION AND VISITOR BUREAU: 888-200-5620, 512-393-5930; Fax: 512-393-5912; 617 IH 35 N, San Marcos, TX 78667. www.toursanmarcos.com; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
SAN MARCO PUBLIC LIBRARY: 512-393-8200; 625 E Hopkins St, San Marcos, TX 78666. www.www.sanmarcostx.gov/library.htm
SANMARCOS RUNNERS CLUB: www.sanmarcosrunners.org
TEXAS STATE SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER-SAN MARCOS: 512-245-4686; 601 University Dr, McCoy Hall, Rm 322, San Marcos, TX 78666. www.business.txstate.edu/sbdc. Serves counties in Hill Country: Blanco, Burnet, Hays, Lampasas, Llano, San Saba, Travis, Williamson. Funded by SBA. Works with existing and start-up businesses to help them advance and compete. Services offered include counseling, training, research.
WITTLIFF GALLERY OF SOUTHWESTERN & MEXICAN PHOTOGRAPHY AND SOUTHWESTERN WRITERS COLLECTION: 512-245-2313; Alkek Library, Texas State University. See above.
GIFTED QUILTER: 512-754-3467; 1917 Dutton Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666. Tue-Fri 10a to 5:30p, Sat 10a to 4p. Owner: Jeanye Pearce-Labaya. Specializing in: Fabrics, Patterns, Notions, BOM Programs, Classes and a unique selection of gift products and cards. Come by and enjoy down home country hospitality, where our complimentary coffee is always hot and our fresh brewed tea is always cold and "Our Family" is always eager to help you with your first project, or your 100th. www.giftedquilter.com
PEACHMAKERS: 512-847-5247; 15395 RR 12, San Marcos, TX 78676. M,W-S, 10:30a-5p. Owner: GB Khalsa/Jote Khalsa. Specializing in: quilting supplies books classes.
BARNARD, JOEL & ASSOCIATES REAL ESTATE: 512-396-4580; 300 S C.M. Allen Parkway, San Marcos, TX 78666
CENTURY 21 EXCELL TEAM: 512-353-3311; 302 W Hopkins, Ste 1, San Marcos, TX 78666. www.wesellsanmarcos.com
COLDWELL BANKER FIRST NATIONAL: 800-447-7113; 1224 Hwy 123, San Marcos, TX 78666
CARBAJAL & ASSOCIATES: 512-392-2438; 125 N Guadalupe, #201, San Marcos, TX 78666-5677
CARSON PROPERTIES: 512-392-3322; 302 W Hopkins St, #1, San Marcos, TX 78666-4465
CENTRAL TEXAS PROPERTIES: 512-396-4794; 323 W Hopkins, San Marcos, TX 78666-4403
CENTURY 21 EXCELL TEAM: 512-353-3311; 302 W Hopkins, Ste 1, San Marcos, TX 78666
COUNTY LINE REAL ESTATE: 512-353-2929; 1403 Harris Hill Rd, San Marcos, TX 78666-8813
DAVID ELLIOTT: 512-396-5858; 1414 RR 12, San Marcos, TX 78666-2916
ENDSLEY & ASSOCIATES REAL ESTATE: 512-353-8600; 1508 Aquarena Springs Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666
GREAT LOCATIONS REALTY - SALES & RENTALS: 512-878-2233; 1515 Aquarena Springs Dr, Suite 103, San Marcos, TX 78666
HART PROPERTIES: 512-392-2100; 325 E Hopkins, San Marcos, TX 78666-5716
HINDLE PROPERTIES: 512-754-9160; 2607 N Bishop, San Marcos, TX 78666-2568
HURT REAL ESTATE GROUP: 512-392-3355; 2108 Hunter Rd, Ste 102, San Marcos, TX 78666
JIM MCCROCKLIN & ASSOCIATES: 512-392-3351; 1503 Aquarena Springs Dr, S, San Marcos, TX 78666
KELLER WILLIAMS: 512-757-5177; 306-B N Edward Gary, San Marcos, TX 78666
LONE STAR REAL ESTATE: 512-878-2758; 1505 IH-35 S, San Marcos, TX 78666
LONE STAR REAL ESTATE GROUP: 512-557-3288; 102 Wonder World, Ste 301, San Marcos, TX 78666
MILLECAM REAL ESTATE: 512-396-8070; 401 S LBJ Dr, #B, San Marcos, TX 78666-6819
RANDALL MORRIS & ASSOCIATES: 512-353-1776; 333 Cheatham St, San Marcos, TX 78666-6911
RE/MAX PLATINUM REAL ESTATE: 512-396-5582; 814 N Loop St, San Marcos, TX 78666
RE/MAX SAN MARCOS: 512-353-6500; 102 Wonder World Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666
RONDA A REAGAN PROPERTIES: 512-396-9001; POB 1925, San Marcos, TX 78667-1925
SAN MARCOS REAL ESTATE CO: 512-396-2020; 1517 Aquarena Springs Dr, #A, San Marcos, TX 78666-7261
SKILES & ASSOCIATES: 512-353-3232; 100 N Edward Gary, #A, San Marcos, TX 78666-5740
TUTTLE LAND & CATTLE CO: 512-396-2394; 16910 Hwy 123, San Marcos, TX 78666
VANCE J ELLIOTT REALTY GROUP: 512-353-3002; 1330 Aquarena Springs Dr, #105, San Marcos, TX 78666-7241
WILLIAMSON COMPANY REALTORS: 512-392-3920; 219 N Comanche, San Marcos, TX 78666-5642
WISE, JAMES K REAL ESTATE INC: 512-396-8400; 124 N Edward Gary, #204, San Marcos, TX 78666-5704
BIKINI'S SPORTS BAR & GRILL 512-396-2337; 1437 IH-35 N, San Marcos, TX 78666
CHILI'S GRILL & BAR: 512-754-7420; 102 IH-35 N, San Marcos, TX 78666
FUSCHAK'S PIT BAR-B-Q: 512-353-2712; 1701 IH 35 S, San Marcos, TX 78666. www.fuschaksbbq.com
GARCIA'S512-353-0099; 403 S LBJ Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666
GARCIA'S512-392-7600; 1917 Dutton Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666
GIL'S BROILER & THE MANSKE ROLL BAKERY: 512-392-4595; 328 N LBJ Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666. http://manskeroll.us
(THE) GREEN PARROT: 512-396-4259; 124 N LBJ Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666
JACK'S ROADHOUSE: 512-392-3340; 1625 Hunter Rd, San Marcos, TX 78666
KOBE JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE: 512-396-7200; 515 Springtown Way, San Marcos, TX 78666. www.kobe-aztx.com
MAMACITA'S RESTAURANT: 512-353-0070; 1400 Aquarena Springs Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666
ROOT CELLAR CAFE: 512-392-5158; 215 N LBJ Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666. Brewpub
SUNNY'S PIZZA: 512-392-7437; Hughson Heights, 507 Craddock Ave, San Marcos, TX 78666. www.sunnyspizza.com
CAVENDER'S: 512-805-8210; IH-35, Exit Evers, San Marcos, TX 78666. www..com
DIRECT TOOLS FACTORY OUTLET: 512-392-5223; 4015 IH-35 S, San Marcos, TX 78666. FB
PRIME SHOPPING OUTLETS: 512-396-2200; 800-628-9465; 3939 IH-35 S #900; San Marcos, TX 78666. San Marcos is the largest outlet shopping destination in Texas! Additionally, the center is the 3rd most visited tourist attraction in Texas and was ranked the 3rd Best Place to Shop in the world as seen on ABC's "The View". With more than 10 million visitors a year from all over the world; it is a true shoppers haven with over 130 luxury and popular American brand names.www.primeoutlets.com/locations/san-marcos.aspx
TANGER SHOPPING OUTLETS: 512-396-7446; 4015 IH-35 S, San Marcos, TX 78666. www.tangeroutlet.com/sanmarcos
TRACTOR SUPPLY CO: 512-754-6222; 935 Hwy 80, San Marcos, TX 78666. www.tractorsupply.com
TRENDS & TRADITIONS: 512-392-7236; 1917 Dutton Dr, Ste 100, San Marcos, TX 78666. http://trendsandtraditionsboutique.com. Boutique
WALMART SUPERCENTER #404-SAN MARCOS: 512-353-0617; 1015 Hwy 80, San Marcos, TX 78666
CANYON TRAIL RV RESORT: 888-616-35406; 050 IH-35 S, San Marcos, TX 78666
LESIURE RESORT: 800-248-4103; Hwy 80 & FM 20, San Marcos, TX 78666. www.leisureresort.net
SAN MARCOS RIVER RETREAT: 512-392-6171; 444 Pecan Park Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666. www.SanMarcosRiverRetreat.com
PECAN PARK RIVERSIDE RV & CABINS: 888-808-7181; 50 Squirrel Run, San Marcos, TX 78666. Off IH-35/exit 205 & Hwy 80. www.pecanpark.com
PLUM CREEK RV CAMPGROUND: 512-396-8300; 24800 IH-35 S, Kyle/San Marcos, TX 78640
RIVERBEND PARK: 512-353-1968; 79 Holt Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666-8095
SAN MARCOS SPRINGS RV: 512-878-6980; 1334 IH-35 N, San Marcos, TX 78666. www.mile206.com
SAN MARCOS BAPTIST ACADEMY: 512-353-2400; 2801 RR 12, San Marcos, TX 78666. www.smabears.org. Includes a physical challenge course available to the public.
HAYS CONSOLIDATED INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT: www.hayscisd.net
BLANCO VISTA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: 512-268-8506; 2951 Blanco Vista Blvd, San Marcos, TX 78666. (Grades PreK-5). www.hayscisd.net/BVES
SAN MARCOS CONSOLIDATED INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT: 512-393-6700; 501 S LBJ Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666. www.smcisd.net.
- Bowie Elementary: 512-393-6200; 4020 Monterrey Oak, San Marcos, TX 78666
- Crockett Elementary: 512-393-6400; 1300 Girard St, San Marcos, TX 78666
- DeZavala Elementary: 512-393-6250; 600 FM 621 DeZavala Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666
- Doris Miller Middle School: 512-393-6660; 301 Foxtail Run, San Marcos, TX 78666
- Hernandez Elementary: 512-393-6100; 333 Stagecoach Trail, San Marcos, TX 78666
- Mendez Elementary: 512-393-6060; 1805 Peter Garza Dr, San Marcos, Tx 78666
- Owen Goodnight Middle School: 512-393-6550; 1301 State Hwy 123, San Marcos, TX 78666
- Phoenix Academy: 512-393-6864; 500 W Hutchison, San Marcos, TX 78666
- San Marcos High School: 512-393-6800; 2601 Rattler Rd (E McCarty Ln), San Marcos, TX 78666
- Travis Elementary: 512-393-6450; 1437 Post Rd, San Marcos, TX 78666
TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY: 512-245-2111; 601 University Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666; (18,822); Founded in 1899, opened in 1903 as Southwest Texas Normal School. On the hill North and East of the square on the 11 acres. www.txstate.edu
AQUATIC SCIENCES ADVENTURE CAMP: 512-245-2329; San Marcos, TX 78666. www.eardc.txstate.edu/camp.html. Coed, ages 9-15, At Texas State Univ, includes aquatic biology, water chemistry, rafting, tubing, scuba, snorkeling, swimming.
LOCAL UTILITY PROVIDERS:
HILL COUNTRY-WIDE UTILITY PROVIDERS:
For Hill Country area utility service providers (electric, gas, water, sewer, trash),
telecom providers (land lines, cellular service, TV, internet), and related services (package delivery, newspaper, etc.), click: Utilities & Telecom
THREE DUDES WINERY: 512-392-5634; 125 Old Martindale Rd, San Marcos, TX 78666. www.threedudeswinery.com
SANDY ROAD GUEST HAUS:
An upscale Western-style Guest House Bed & Breakfast
in a Beautiful Ranch Setting in the Gorgeous Texas Hill Country
B&B Reservations & Information: 281-300-7177
9242 RR 1320 (Sandy Road), Johnson City, TX 78636
Web: www.SandyRoadGuestHaus.com Email: info@SandyRoadGuestHaus.com
Come Relax & Enjoy!
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