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Weekend Guide: Spring in San Marcos, TX

Welcome to San Marcos, Texas—where the sun shines brighter, the rivers run clearer, and the weekends are filled with endless possibilities for adventure and relaxation. As March unfolds its vibrant colors and warmer weather, there's no better time to explore all that this charming city has to offer. Whether you're a nature lover, a history buff, or a foodie in search of culinary delights, San Marcos has something to delight everyone.


Whether you're looking to unwind after a long week or kickstart the weekend with a burst of energy, there's no shortage of options for a night out on the town.

Start your evening with a culinary adventure at one of San Marcos' many acclaimed restaurants, where you can indulge in a feast of flavors. For a taste of authentic Tex-Mex cuisine, head to Herbert's Taco Hut, a local favorite known for its mouthwatering tacos, enchiladas, and frosty margaritas. Once you've satisfied your appetite, it's time to quench your thirst with a round of drinks at one of San Marcos' bustling bars or pubs. For a laid-back vibe and an extensive selection of craft beers, head to Zelicks Icehouse. If cocktails are more your style, make your way to The Rooftop on the Square, a rooftop bar with panoramic views of downtown San Marcos. 


Rise and shine early on Saturday morning and hit the trails at Purgatory Creek Natural Area for a scenic hike through lush woodlands and rolling hills. Breathe in the fresh air, listen to the sounds of nature, and marvel at the beauty of the Texas Hill Country. 

Stroll a little bit further in the Downtown Square to check out the San Marcos Farmer’s Market. From 9 am to 1 pm, this beloved community event transforms the streets into a bustling marketplace, brimming with fresh produce, artisanal goods, and the unmistakable charm of small-town Texas. 

After working up an appetite, indulge in a hearty brunch at Cafe on the Square, or for organic and local ingredients built into a unique breakfast menu, walk over to Blue Dahlia Bistro before spending the afternoon cooling off with a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear waters of the San Marcos River, where you can kayak, paddleboard, or simply float the day away beneath the warm Texas sun. 

Finish your day with dinner at one of the best pizza joints in town, Valentino’s Pizza, where there’s something for everyone. For a more upscale dinner with an elevated traditional menu, call ahead for a spot at Palmer’s Restaurant, Bar & Courtyard


As the weekend comes to a close, treat yourself to a leisurely morning exploring the city's vibrant arts scene. Take a stroll through the downtown area and discover eclectic boutiques, art galleries, and quaint coffee shops, where you can sip on a steaming latte and peruse local artwork at your own pace. 

Enjoy a Sunday lunch with river views at Ivar’s River Pub where you can share a few appetizers and drinks or indulge in a delicious entree. 

Whether you're a

first-time visitor or a longtime resident, one thing is certain, San Marcos has a way of capturing the hearts of all who wander its streets. 


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