Have you visited The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment in San Marcos? This research and educational outreach facility is situated on crystal-clear Spring Lake, and it’s absolutely worth visiting. It’s the perfect place to learn more about our environment and go on unique and fun adventures with the whole family.
Take advantage of the warmer weather to plan a trip to The Meadows Center. You can catch a glass-bottom boat tour, explore the lake with a guided snorkeling tour, take a kayak tour of Spring Lake, and more. How you want to spend your time at Spring Lake is up to you and what adventure you’re up for!
Glass Bottom Boat Tours
You can get a glimpse into Spring Lake’s underwater world without having to get wet. A glass-bottom boat trip is easy, fun, and totally mesmerizing, plus, it’s great for all ages. Two great things about the glass-bottom boat tour are that it’s accessible and it doesn’t take a lot of planning.
The boats run from 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. everyday. The first boat goes out 30 minutes after opening, and tours leave every 30 minutes until closing. Last boat goes out 30 minutes before closing. Hours can vary according to the season and weather.
Splash Into Science Snorkel Program
This immersive snorkeling program at The Meadows Center provides educational fun in the crystal-clear waters of Spring Lake. Spring Lake is home to spring-fed waters that remain a constant 72 degrees year-round, making it ideal for learning how to snorkel. This program aims to connect people to our local ecosystem and strengthen our relationship with the environment with unique experiences.
All the gear you need will be provided by The Meadows Center, including a 5mm wetsuit (optional), goggles, snorkel, fins, life jacket, and a dive light (for evening classes only). It’s a convenient, all-in-one package that provides an experience you won’t soon forget.
Like snorkeling, kayaking is a great way to experience the unique ecosystem and clear waters in Spring Lake. The Meadows Center’s guided 1.5-hour kayak experience includes:
- Introduction to the unique history and habitat of Spring Lake
- Check-in, safety, and skills debrief
- Hour-long guided kayak tour
All gear will be provided by the Meadows Center, including a life jacket, kayak, and a light (evening class only).
The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment in San Marcos is doing important work alongside providing fun experiences. The recreational and learning activities offered at Spring Lake help connect children and their families to nature so that new generations will continue to engage in water and environmental stewardship in Central Texas. Conservation efforts like these are becoming more important than ever as San Marcos grows at a record pace.
People have been moving to San Marcos in droves, driving a 3.25% annualized growth rate in 2021. By comparison, most U.S. towns and cities grow by less than 1% per year, if they grow at all.
If our massive population growth had been mismanaged, the environment would suffer. But luckily, people and organizations like The Meadows Center are working hard to preserve our ecosystems and our way of life. We’re conserving our biosphere while supporting steady population growth in our city.
San Marcos is growing so fast because it has everything families want: great weather, food, people, access to nature, schools, security, and awesome public spaces. It’s also perfectly placed between San Antonio and Austin, giving you access to the cities when you need it, but allowing an escape from the hustle and bustle when you’re done with the day.
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*Image from The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment.