“No natural resource has greater significance for the future of Texas than water,” says Dr. Andrew Sansom. For that very reason, water is the focus of all we do here at The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment – from interpretive tours aboard glass-bottomed boats and kayaks, environmental education and citizen science, to research and service, SCUBA check-out dives, special events, and more.
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 San Marcos Springs and Spring Lake 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.
2 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 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 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. For families looking for a place to visit to share a love of nature and to teach their kids the value of natural beauty Spring Lake Glass-bottom boat tours are must see. We are located in San Marcos, TX: take exit 206, Aquarena Springs Drive, west from IH35. Open 7days a week.