Discovery Center

NOTICE: Mayor’s Order Prohibits Gatherings Over 10 & Closes Select Facilities Until May 11

All Parks and Recreation programs and events have been suspended through May 11. The Activity Center is closed until further notice. River front parks, playgrounds, the skate park, dog park, public restrooms and water fountains are closed. River front parks include: Rio Vista, City Park, Plaza Park, Veramendi, Bicentennial, Children’s Park, Crook Park, Veteran’s Memorial Park, Dog Beach, Capes Park, Thompson’s Island, Stokes Park, Ramon Lucio Park, and Wildlife Annex/Wilderness Park. Click here to view a map of all San Marcos river parks. 

San Marcos will continue to follow the guidelines set forth by the State Department of Health Services, the Hays County Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control. Current updates and helpful links may be found at

Welcome to the San Marcos Discovery Center, a resource for the city's trails, parks, and river. We offer information on native flora and fauna found here in San Marcos, as well as conservation efforts that are in effect to enhance the San Marcos River and surrounding habitat. Stroll through Crook Park and enjoy our themed gardens, check out our workshop series offered each spring and fall, and don't miss our native plant sales to find native blooming trees, shrubs, vines, and perennials that can handle the Texas heat. Check out our programs and special events linked on the left. Admission is free.