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Glass-Bottom Boats

Glass-Bottom Boats Run Daily!

NEW! Extended 45 Minute Boat Tour Upgrade

Add to your experience and explore springs not seen on the 30-minute tour. 

  • $13.25 for adults
  • $11.00 for Senior Citizens 62+
  • $8.00 for Children 3-12

Glass-bottom Boat Tour Prices (30 min)

  • Adults: $9.75
  • Seniors (62+): $8.00
  • Children (3-12): $6.00
  • 2 and Under FREE

1963 Glass-Bottom Boat

Last boat goes out 30 minutes before closing. 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. - 5:00 p.m.

Holiday Hours

Closed on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 24), Winter Break (Dec 18 - 25), and New Year's Eve and Day (Dec 31-Jan 1).


Road construction on Aquarena Springs Dr. (Loop 82) has begun. Please call (512) 245-7590 for help and directions or check our Construction Updates page.

The physical address of the ticket kiosk is 201 San Marcos Springs Drive San Marcos, Texas 78666. 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 (across from Bobcat Stadium). Follow the signs to The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment.


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

  1. Visitors' vehicles are required to display a permit 7:00pm Sunday until 5:00pm Friday.
  2. Pay and display permits are available for $3.00 per day or $7.00 per week at the ticket kiosk in the main parking lot.
  3. Those with 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. 

Frequently Asked Questions

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Is the park wheelchair accessible?

The Meadows Center staff will do our very best to meet any special needs of our visitors. The Wetlands Walk and Discovery Hall are all wheelchair accessible, however our glass-bottom boats are not. Our staff can provide boarding assistance to individuals able to leave the wheelchair at the dock. There are two steps from the dock to board the boat and each boat has a handrail to help guests board. Please see the photo of the boat dock below.

Boat Dock


Do you have to pay to park?

As per Texas State University Parking Services policy, all vehicles parked at The Meadows Center must display a valid Texas State parking permit from 7:00pm Sunday until 5:00pm Friday. One-day temporary permits are available for $3 at the kiosk located near the ticket booth. If you visit the park on the weekend (between 5pm Friday – 7pm Sunday), you do not need to pay for a parking permit.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept all major credit cards, checks, purchase orders, money orders, and cash.

What if it rains?

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.