- The list below includes 113 free or cheap things to do in or near San Marcos, Texas, including 83 different types of inexpensive activities like Music Venue, Parks, Movie Theaters and River.
- From San Marcos River to The Meadows Center for Water & the Environment, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in San Marcos and in nearby cities within 25 miles like New Braunfels, Canyon Lake, Seguin and Wimberley.
A 14-screen movie theater, Creekside Cinemas 14 displays first-run feature films using digital projection and sound. The theater offers RealD 3D movies, reclining chairs, a bar and a concession area with food and drinks.
Tube Haus offers tubing tours down the Guadalupe River. The facility lies on the Horseshoe Loop, which is a gentle stretch of river ideal for tubing. Visitors are welcome to bring coolers and beverages in plastic containers.
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At Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Hill Country, visitors can set up camp at the tent and RV campgrounds, rent a cabin, or go swimming in the pool. The park also has activities like disc golf, sand volleyball, and craft classes.
Rio Guadalupe Resort offers cabin rentals, fishing guides, and rentals of inner tubes, kayaks, and rafts for floating the Guadalupe River. Most raft rentals are based around day trips, but multi-day trips involving cabin usage are also offered.
The Historic District of Gruene has a variety of shops, restaurants, and attractions. Gruene Hall, Cactus Jacks, Fickle Pickles Antiques and Pickles, and the Grapevine are all popular stops for people who visit the Historic District.