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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
“Great selection on great quality clothing, goods, and food at discounted prices.”
  • 94 locals recommend
Outlet Mall
“TONS of shopping! Coach, American Eagle, H&M, Abercrombie and more! Just one parking lot over is the Premium Outlets with 7 for all Mankind, Gucci, Prada and more. This is an outdoor mall, FYI if it's raining. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Café
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“This is a must stop for all foodies that like fresh and local. Surrounded by the historic area. Only 9 miles from Broken Road Airbnb. ”
  • 20 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
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
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
Aquarium
“The headwaters of Aquarena Springs, you can take a guided glass bottom boat ride to see the aquatic animals below. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Pie society is a great local venue with delicious pizzas and a unique selection of craft beers.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Cinema
“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
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
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. ”
  • 11 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
Italian Restaurant
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“Quaint bistro with good Italian food. byob and no corking fee. Very cost effective. Small parties recommended. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Art Gallery
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“Happy Hour is Sun - Thurs from 4:00pm to 7:00pm. Daily specials on all tapas & small plates, $2 off all wine flights, martinis, or sangrias. Free molten bundt cake with flight of wine, martinis, sangrias, or craft-ciders.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Café
“Lots of live music and events going on here. Great noms and handcrafted slurps such as their vanilla whiskey. I personally love their vegan fries, ranch, burgers, and pickle juiced bloody marys! ”
  • 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

Top restaurants

Café
“This is a must stop for all foodies that like fresh and local. Surrounded by the historic area. Only 9 miles from Broken Road Airbnb. ”
  • 20 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
“Pie society is a great local venue with delicious pizzas and a unique selection of craft beers.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Quaint bistro with good Italian food. byob and no corking fee. Very cost effective. Small parties recommended. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Happy Hour is Sun - Thurs from 4:00pm to 7:00pm. Daily specials on all tapas & small plates, $2 off all wine flights, martinis, or sangrias. Free molten bundt cake with flight of wine, martinis, sangrias, or craft-ciders.”
  • 10 locals recommend
BBQ Restaurant
“Black's BBQ is a Lockhart, TX icon. Excellent BBQ! This location is in San Marcos. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“French and fabulous. A little pricey but it has nice outdoor seating in the front and the back and is located on The Square. Great lavender mimosas :)”
  • 11 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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