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Glass-Bottom Boat Tours

COVID-19 UPDATES: Texas State University has temporarily closed all educational and dive operations, including all boat tours at the Meadows Center until further notice. The trails at Spring Lake and the Wetlands Boardwalk are also closed to the public until further notice. More information.

Glass-Bottom Boat Tours Run Daily!

Glass-bottom Boat Tour Prices (30 min)

  • Adults: $9.75
  • Seniors (65+): $8.00
  • Children (3-12): $6.00
  • 2 and Under FREE
  • Texas State University Faculty, Staff, and Students: $5.00 with Valid ID

Extended Boat Tour Prices (45 min) - Weekends Only

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

  • $13.25 for adults
  • $11.00 for Senior Citizens 65+
  • $8.00 for Children 3-12

Guided Wetlands Tour Upgrade Prices (25 min) - Weekends Only

Take a stroll through our floating boardwalk and learn about the importance of wetlands. This tour is appropriate for all ages. 

  • $3.50 for adults
  • $3.00 for Senior Citizens 65+
  • $2.00 for Children 3-12

Guided Discovery Hall Tour Upgrade Prices (25 min) - Weekends Only

Explore our Discovery Hall to learn about the endangered and threatened species of Spring Lake and get an up-close view of three on display. The discovery hall is air-conditioned and is the perfect way to escape the summer heat! This tour is appropriate for all ages. 

  • $3.50 for adults
  • $3.00 for Senior Citizens 65+
  • $2.00 for Children 3-12

No reservation is required for groups of 15 people or less.

underwater view of glass-bottom boat
Photo Credit: Scott Bauer

Vehicles parked at the Meadows Center must display a valid Texas State University parking permit between 7:00pm Sunday - 5:00pm Friday. One-day temporary permits are available for $3 at the pay-and-display station located near the ticket kiosk. 

First boat goes out 30 minutes after opening. 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: 512.245.7590.

Park Hours

Monday - Sunday 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Holiday Hours

Closed on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 28), closed for Winter Break (Dec. 23 - 26), closed for New Year's holiday (Dec 30-Jan 2) and closed for maintenance and staff development on Jan. 6-9.


The 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 2 stop lights. Take a slight right to continue on Aquarena Springs Drive (do not go over the overpass). Go over the railroad crossing and use the left lane to turn left at Post Road. Then turn right on San Marcos Springs Drive (across from Bobcat Stadium). Follow the signs to The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment. If using GPS please be aware recent overpass construction may not be updated on all GPS platforms.