Aquarena Center

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ralph 2Previously the home of Ralph the Swimming Pig and co-ed mermaids, this site is now owned by Texas State University and is an environmental learning center. The Center is located at the San Marcos Springs, one of the largest springs in Texas and the water supply source for the splendiferous San Marcos River. The Center has a number of trails and a glass bottom boat ride that enables visitors to view the fault line that created the springs, some endangered species habitat, and the springs themselves. A new addition is the glass-bottom kayaks, which allow you to paddle all over Spring Lake and learn about the springs from an onsite guide. With proper certification, research oriented scuba diving is allowed in the year-round 72 degree waters (think about coming here to practice for a scuba trip to Maui and it does not sound nearly as cold). As they say in the dive shops, the viz at this place can be “epic.” Butterfly gardens and hummingbird observation areas also are found onsite, which has been inhabited for at least 12,000 years so you know this is a swell location. From IH 35 take Aquarena Springs Dr. towards campus and follow the signs. After finishing here, you could drive over to the Saltgrass to grab a beverage and take a look at Spring Lake and the headwaters of the shimmering San Marcos River.

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Location Details:

Aquarena Center
921 Aquarena Springs Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666
(512) 245-7570

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