Restaurants in old brick buildings, cars parked on the street


Explore the Neighborhood!


In San Marcos, a blend of cultures and cuisines come together for one satisfying dining scene. Indulge in every kind of craving you could imagine: a plate of waffles at the Root Cellar, loaded burgers at Tap Room or a scoop of homemade ice cream at Rhea’s.

Squeezing fresh lime juice over a row of tacos TACO TUESDAY
Young adult friends walking down a bridge at night under string lights


A thriving hub of Texas-made art, the San Marcos Art Center is dedicated to showcasing the work of emerging artists along with an ever-evolving schedule of workshops, art shows and film screenings. What’s more, you can take in art al fresco throughout the city: San Marcos’ murals and sculpture garden are a sight to be seen.


With a whopping 1.2 million square feet of shopping bliss, San Marcos’s outlet malls are a must visit. First, there’s Premium Outlets, a 145-store destination offering deep discounts on luxury, name-brand pieces. Then, there’s Tanger Outlets, which is home to all your favorite brands and a number of independently owned boutiques. Whether you’re browsing or buying, there’s something for everyone.

Young woman browsing clothes in a store WEAR YOUR BOBCAT PRIDE WHEREVER YOU GO
Three young women eating a picnic outside on the grass IMPROMPTU PICNICS IN THE PARK


Stay connected to nature with one of San Marcos’ many green spaces. Anchored by the San Marcos and Blanco Rivers, the city is home to epic, year-round hikes, walks and water sports in Sewell Park, Rio Vista, and Purgatory Creek.

Grocery bag with vegetables and cans FRESH FARMERS MARKET FINDS


Crafting your own homemade meals is easier than ever at Hillside. We’re within walking distance to plenty of supermarkets and convenience stores, plus the much-hyped San Marcos Farmers Market where you can scoop locally grown produce, flowers and canned goods on Saturdays.

History +

With deep roots and a growing, multicultural population, San Marcos is a crossroads for so many heritages. You can learn more about the city and its origin just by walking the streets.

Texas State University, statue of the vaquero “THE VAQUERO” IN ALL ITS GLORY ON THE TXST CAMPUS