Web Extra: Glass-bottom kayak treks at Aquarena Center
Back in the days of Aquarena Springs amusement park and long before the clear waters of Spring Lake in San Marcos became the purview of Texas State University, visitors enjoyed observing the underwater realm via excursions on the park’s glass-bottom boats. Now that Texas State has refocused the park’s mission on conservation, the park—now know as Aquarena Center—has augmented the popular glass-bottom boat rides with glass-bottom kayak trips. You’re that much closer to the water!
The guided kayak trips, available by advance reservation only, offer up-close (and quiet!) views of the center’s more than 200 artesian springs, native fish, turtles, and aquatic plants, migratory and songbirds, and the center’s rich wetlands habitat. Tour guides can offer discussions of a number of topics, including the area’s geography, biology, geology, and anthropology.
You’ll need to book tours 72 hours in advance. One–hour tours cost $20 per person, two-hour tours cost $40. Call 512/245-7560, or fill out the tour reservation form.
From the February 2013 issue.