Once the Restoration begins, the area for glass-bottom boat tickets will change to the headwaters of the San Marcos River at the new Ticket Booth located at the headwaters to the San Marcos River across the River from the Texas Rivers Center.
Texas State University-San Marcos alongside the A.B. Rogers family are working to ensure that the elegant, handmade, glass-bottom boats that have toured the Aquarena since the middle of the 20th century will remain in service for decades to come. (read more)
Historic Glass-Bottom Boat Tours
Tours last 30 minutes. Adults $9/ Seniors $7.50/ Children 4-15 $6/ 3 and Under Free
For 60 years riding the glass-bottom boats at Aquarena has demonstrated the importance of water to more Texans than any other setting.
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What Will You See?
Since 1946 the glass bottom boat tours at Aquarena Center in San Marcos have given folks of all ages an "in-depth" look at the timeless beauty of the San Marcos river. As the boats glide across the crystal waters of Spring Lake at Aquarena you'll see why ancient peoples revered this place. You'll also see some of the 1,000 springs that form the headwaters of one of the most beautiful rivers in Central Texas; and catch glimpses of the inhabitants here too. Bluegill Sunfish, Channel Catfish, Soft Shell turtles, all call Aquarena home. Bring the family to share a walk through the grounds and enjoy the natural beauty of Texas Native plants. In the Endangered Species Exhibit you'll see some of the fish and reptiles that make this part of the river a federally declared critical habitat. Aquarena is the place to visit for families who share a love of nature and want to teach their kids the value of natural beauty. Aquarena is located in San Marcos, TX: take exit 206, Aquarena Springs Drive, west from IH35. Open 7days a week.