2014 is here and with it comes resolutions, new goals and hopes for the things to come in the new year.
One of my many resolutions was to find new fun things for dates with my hubby. For Christmas I made a coupon/gift card book for him full of places and activities for us to try in the new year.
One of the places I was curious about was Aquarena Springs in San Marcos.
I stumbled upon a great deal on Groupon during December a 30 minute boat tour for 2 for $12 (normally $18.) I grabbed it, thinking it might be fun and it was.
With the weather being so unpredictable in Texas and especially this winter, we took advantage of the high 60's we had this weekend and went to check it out.
We went to the ticket booth and they scanned our group on tickets and gave us this boat pass
Once we got our boat pass, they explained there was a small exhibit we could check out on the first floor of the Aquarena Center building where the boat dock was as well as a bird's eye view of the river from the roof. So while we waited for 3:00 we went and checked out all the center had to offer.
The first floor of the Aquarena center is quite nice. It filled with aquariums displaying many of the creatures you will find along the springs, touch screen info, movies and other eduacational information about the area.
Some of the many animal exhibits
After checking out the exhibits, we went to the roof to see the view and enjoy the sunshine.
The view from the 3rd floor roof
The view from above is quiet nice and there are even chairs and tables on the roof for an afternoon picnic or some serene river watching.
After we took in the view we headed downstairs to board our glass bottom boat and head out onto the water. The tour group was about 20 people leaving plenty of room to sit and enjoy the trip and not feel too crowded. The guide was very good, he was informative and made sure everyone had time to appreciate every area pointed out to us.
We saw several springs, were told a bit about each one and were also informed about the springs history as one of Texas' first theme parks. There is even a Wetland walk you can take for free which you get to walk on a floating bridge and encounter some more of the spring inhabitants, we saw several turtles basking and enjoyed reading about the area. The area is now a protected site which hosts around 8 endangered species and is a great way to spend a sunny Texas afternoon.
I am very happy we got to take advantage of a beautiful day in the outdoors, it was a great adventure for the Floyds.
If you would like to check out more information on Aquarena Springs click here
Slideshow: Highlights on the glas bottom boat tour and Wetland Marsh area