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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
“One of the US's largest and most diverse outlet malls. Huge selection of name brand stores. 12 miles from us. Tanger Outlets is right next to Prime Outlets, too. ”
  • 96 locals recommend
Outlet Mall
“12 miles away, lots of shopping, brand name outlets, as well as restaurants to check out. ”
  • 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
Cafe
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“Root Cellar Cafe has been a staple of San Marcos dining since 2005. Voted Best Restaurant for the past two years, Root Cellar Cafe and Brewery offers the best quality food and beer at a very affordable price. Make yourself at home!”
  • 21 locals recommend
Park
“Great starting point for your trip to the river. Lots of free parking, you can drop in your own tubes from here, or rent some from the Lions Club on site! P.S. its 2 bucks a tube to air up your own! ”
  • 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
Aquarium
“The headwaters of Aquarena Springs, you can take a guided glass bottom boat ride to see the aquatic animals below. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“They have a very shaded courtyard that is a great place to sit outside on a nice day. We personally like their flavored martinis. ”
  • 19 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
Bar
“Rough 'n' ready roadhouse bar set in a 1930s gas station with TVs, games, a pool table & a patio. They also just got a food truck out front if you get hungry. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Amusement Park
“Fun family friendly outing with an historic cave. And it’s educational. Located in San Marcos ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Park
“This is one of the greenbelt hiking trails maintained by the San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance, and it's one of our favorites. It's pet-friendly and several miles long. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Movie Theatre
“Best movie theater experience ever! Large, comfy recliners. ALL the seats are good, but we like to sit in one of the back row corners. There are 2 seats in each corner with a big space between you and the other seats. Great view of the screen. Push a lighted button at your seat to call a wait staff to order from their full menu. Get dinner, snacks, or a bowl of cookies and ice cream. It's all good! Plus there's a tray to hold all this that will rotate right over your comfy recliner. There's a lot more to do at The SPOT... bowling, full bar with comfortable seating to hang out with friends, etc., but we go right to the theater!”
  • 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
Food Truck
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“Local Mexican Restaurant on Hwy 80. Excellent food, clean, courteous staff! Open 7 am - 2 pm. Opening for dinner soon! ”
  • 2 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

Top restaurants

Cafe
“Root Cellar Cafe has been a staple of San Marcos dining since 2005. Voted Best Restaurant for the past two years, Root Cellar Cafe and Brewery offers the best quality food and beer at a very affordable price. Make yourself at home!”
  • 21 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“They have a very shaded courtyard that is a great place to sit outside on a nice day. We personally like their flavored martinis. ”
  • 19 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
Food Truck
“Local Mexican Restaurant on Hwy 80. Excellent food, clean, courteous staff! Open 7 am - 2 pm. Opening for dinner soon! ”
  • 2 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
Italian Restaurant
“Quaint bistro with good Italian food. byob and no corking fee. Very cost effective. Small parties recommended. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Excellent burgers, onion rings, catfish and more. They often have events on the weekends as well as live music and karaoke on Fridays. Check website for details. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Grins is a San Marcos tradition. The food is good, however I'm not sure I would choose it over some of my other recommendations on the food alone. **BUT** it is a fun place to go, and the food is good. Atmosphere and tradition goes a long way! **AND** they have the BEST 99 cent Happy Hour Margaritas around!!! Monday thru Friday from 3:00pm - 7:00pm. You can't beat that!”
  • 7 locals recommend

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