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Elementary through Middle School Tours

All tours require a two-week advanced reservation, a deposit, and 72 hours notice of cancellation. Tour dates are not guaranteed until your confirmation notice from the Aquarena Education Office has been processed. The listed group rates apply to any group of 15 people or more. Prices subject to change without notice. Listed prices are for school groups and non-profit organizations, all other groups please visit our Private Group Tours Page.

To reserve a tour time please fill in the Tour Reservation Form or call the Education Office at 512-245-7540. Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions Page for more information.

Tours listed will be customized for your group.  Please be sure to state the grade level, unit you are studying, and any special needs when you book your tour.  A list of activity options is available below. 

Group Glass Bottom Boat Tour Only


Students $4.50, Adults $6 (1 free adult per 15 students)


30 minutes

As students glide across Spring Lake in Glass Bottom Boats, they have a rare opportunity to see underwater life from a different perspective. View over 1,000 springs that bubble up 150 million gallons a day of clear water from the Edwards Aquifer to form Spring Lake, the headwaters of the San Marcos River. Declared a Critical Habitat by the Federal Government in 1980, Spring Lake is the home of five endangered species. Tour time is approximately 30 minutes.


1.5 hour Field Trip (included a boat tour)



Students $6, Adults $7 (1 free adult per 15 students)


1.5 hours

For schools in a time crunch this hour and a half long fully guided tour includes a Glass Bottom Boat Ride plus one hour of other guided activities.


2 hour Field Trip (includes a boat tour)



Students $6.50, Adults $7.50 (1 free adult per 15 students)

Add $0.50 per additional half hour for an extended tour.


2 hours

This fully guided tour includes a 30-minute Glass Bottom Boat ride plus 1.5 hours of other tour guide lead activities.


Nature Orienteering Plant Scavenger Hunt

    Appropriate for 6th through 12th

Offered Year Round


Students $6.50, Adults $7.50 (1 free adult per 15 students)


2 hours


Students will participate in a Nature Orienteering Scavenger Hunt while hiking on the beautiful Spring Lake Preserve. Students will use compasses and an iPad to navigate while identifying plants in the area. Also includes a glass-bottom boat ride. This program can accomodate groups of 15-40 students. Sorry, program is not suitible for larger groups.

Pick your areas of Study:

* Historic Settlement of the Springs  
* Study of Cultures through Artifacts  
* Native American Culture  
* Plant and Animal Communities of San Marcos Springs Ecosystem  
* Food Webs and Food Chains of San Marcos Springs Ecosystem  
* Water Renewal and Habitat Requirement  
* Endangered Aquatic Species of the San Marcos Springs  
* Critical Habitat Preservation and Conservation  
* Importance of Biodiversity and Exotic Species  
* Aquatic Life of the Springs  
* The Edwards Aquifer 
* The Water Cycle and Groundwater  
* The Importance of Water

This program may be modified and time can be increased for $0.50 per additional half hour.