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Glass-Bottom Boats

The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment

Glass-bottom Boat Tour Information

On Wednesday, May 24th, the last Glass-bottom Boat Tour for the day will depart at 3:30PM and we will close at 4PM.
TxDOT Loop 82 lane closures on Aquarena Springs Dr will begin on Feb. 28, at which time the City of San Marcos plans to close Charles Austin Dr to through traffic at the intersection of Aquarena Springs Dr. For access to facilities, parking lots, and driveways on Charles Austin Drive, between Aquarena Springs Dr and Hopkins St, please use Hopkins St. Check our construction updates page for alternative routes that will help you get here with minimal delay.

Glass-Bottom Boats Run Daily!

Last boat goes out 30 minutes before closing. Tours last for 30 minutes. Hours vary according to the season and weather. Glass-bottom boat tours run continuously 30 minutes after opening until 30 minutes before closing. Boats run unless there is severe weather such as lightning or strong winds. Please call ahead if you have any questions about us being open: (512) 245-7570.

Park Hours
Monday - Sunday 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Holiday Hours
Closed December 21 - 25, New Years Eve (December 31), New Years Day (January 1), January 4 - 8.

Glass-bottom Boat Tour Prices (half hour)
Adults: $9.75, Seniors (62+): $8.00, Children (3-12): $6.00, 2 and Under FREE.

Explore Spring Lake SUP & Kayak Training and Interpretive Tours Available

The Meadows Center and REI Outdoor School have teamed up to offer new water-focused environmental learning and outdoor education activities at Spring Lake. All activities are education focused and led by interpreters who are committed to protecting and sharing Spring Lake.

Upcoming opportunities for visitors to explore Spring Lake include: Tours include:
- Explore Spring Lake: Full Moon Kayak Tour, Member: $55.00, Non-member:$60.00
- Explore Spring Lake: Full Moon Stand-Up Paddling (SUP) Tour, Member: $40.00, Non-member:$45.00
- Explore Spring Lake: Sunset Kayak Tour, Member: $40.00, Non-member:$45.00
- Explore Spring Lake: Sunset Stand-Up Paddling (SUP) Tour, Member: $40.00, Non-member:$45.00
Full details.

To learn more and to book your paddling experience, visit REI's website here For further information, visit REI in Downtown Austin at 601 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703, or call 512.482.3357.


Road construction on Aquarena Springs Dr. (Loop 82) has begun. Two lanes will remain open throughout the project. Please check here for updates as well as bus route & detour maps, or call (512) 245-7590 for help and directions.

The physical address of the ticket kiosk is 201 San Marcos Springs Drive San Marcos, Texas 78666. Our mailing address is 601 University Drive San Marcos, Texas. From IH-35, take Exit 206 and travel west from the light. Continue on Aquarena Springs Drive through two stop lights, over the railroad crossing and turn right at San Marcos Springs Drive (the golf course entrance). Follow the signs to The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment.


The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment has a large parking lot on site for your convenience. However, sometimes parking spaces may be limited due to traffic from the many school field trips and other visitors. Please note the parking lot hours and guidelines:

*Parking permits have to be shown from Sunday 7 p.m. to Friday 5 p.m.

Visitor permits are available for $3 per day or $7 per week. Those with red Texas State University parking permits may park here without a visitor permit at all other times. The back parking lot (bus loop) is open to any Texas State University parking permit. The pay-to-park kiosk is located near the Spring Lake ticket booth.