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Best things to do in San Marcos River

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Natural Feature
“A beautiful historic and clean river with opportunities to float tub style or kayaking or paddle boarding. Rentals easy and long and short floats. ”
13 locals recommend
BBQ Joint
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“The BBQ place a lot of out-of-towners go to. Sometimes has long lines out the door on weekends.”
11 locals recommend
BBQ Joint
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“Lockhart has three great BBQ places near the square, each place is great, we love the brisket, and the sausage at Smitty's.”
10 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“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
BBQ Joint
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“Design your own BBQ crawl, having a taste at each wonderful, landmark BBQ joint--include Smitty's Market and Black's, too. Decide for yourself which one is best!”
8 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
Park
“Good hiking trails, different events are scheduled throughout the year. Golfing for those who golf.”
4 locals recommend
BBQ Joint
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“My favorite BBQ. Authentic long time BBQ place, (over 60 years in the same location). I know everyone loves Franklin's, who does have the best brisket, but this place has absolutely the best pork ribs and sausage and you don't have to wait in line for 5 hours. It's totally worth the drive. BBQ sauce is tangy, not sweet. ”
4 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“The only real place to get amazing coffee in Lockhart. Walking distance from Ellison House. They also have a lovely assortment of pastries!”
6 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Loop & Lil's has delicious pizza, salads, sandwiches, and more. They also serve beer and wine.”
6 locals recommend
Aquarium
“Glass bottom boat tour of the natural springs. Full of history, including the mermaids and swimming pig. ”
18 locals recommend
Café
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“Interesting dishes and the absolute best brunch in town on Saturday and Sunday!”
3 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
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
Grocery or Supermarket
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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