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Last Goodbye to Aquarena Springs
Texas State plans to trade in Aquarena Springs' renowned Fifties kitsch for turn-of-the-century simplicity
"...– plans to tear down the last vestiges of Aquarena Springs, a wondrous resort hotel and theme park in..."

Nov. 14, 2008 News Feature by Kimberly Reeves

Day Trips & Beyond: Texas Springs Under Threat
Visit these five watering holes while you can
"...There is no definitive count of how many natural springs are, or were, in Texas. Estimates give the number..."

April 20, 2017 Travel Post by Gerald E. McLeod

No, No, They're Not Just Slimy Lizards
Art.Science.Gallery. brings salamanders up-close & personal
"...the synergy of during the struggle to keep Barton Springs safe from various developer-based program activities...."

May 22, 2014 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

Day Trips
The glass-bottomed boats at Aquarena Center in San Marcos allow a glimpse into the underwater world
"...The kayaks at Aquarena Center in San Marcos glide silently over the dark..."

Aug. 14, 2009 Column by Gerald E. McLeod

Day Trips
"...At 50 years old, the glass-bottom boats at Aquarena Center in San Marcos are still making the rounds..."

March 19, 1999 Column by Gerald E. McLeod

SXSW Daytrip: San Marcos With the 'Yakona' Crew
The filmmakers behind the eco-doc take us to the river
"...of snappy turtles. Her crystal, see-through surfaces reveal burbling springs, ancient sources of life, sustenance, and an endangered species..."

March 12, 2014 SXSW Post by Kate X Messer

Doggett Unveils Funding for Water Resource Research
Texas State study will aid local conservation efforts
"...for Water and the Environment (located at the old Aquarena Springs, now owned by Texas State University) to study..."

June 24, 2022 News Feature by Lina Fisher

Dip, Sip, & ’Que: A Texas Trilogy
Day Trips on the best barbecue and swimming holes in Central Texas
"...spots in North America. The swimming pigs of the Aquarena Springs theme park are gone, but the Aquarena Center’s..."

June 30, 2016 Columns Post by Gerald E. McLeod

Day Trips
Helping protect the San Marcos River
"...San Marcos and Comal rivers, which originate from large springs, contribute 80% to 90% of the Guadalupe River's flow..."

Sept. 14, 2001 Column by Gerald E. McLeod

Hot Pursuit
Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara are on the run
"...or at least familiar with its geography, the fake Aquarena Springs billboard prominently displayed in the aforementioned snowstorm only..."

May 15, 2015 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Day Trips
Kayakers of all experience levels will enjoy a pleasant float down the Luling Zedler Mill Paddling Trail
"...rare flooding. The water bubbles from the ground at Aquarena Springs in San Marcos and is kept at a..."

April 14, 2006 Column by Gerald E. McLeod

Day Trips
"...the state. The river begins at Spring Lake in Aquarena Springs, joins the Blanco River on the edge of..."

April 24, 1998 Column by Gerald E. McLeod

Visit These At-Risk Hill Country Water Sources
While you still can
"...Caretakers of San Marcos, Comal, and Jacob's Well springs are struggling to protect sources of the spring-fed streams..."

April 21, 2017 Features Feature by Gerald E. McLeod

Naked City
Headlines and Happenings from Austin and Beyond
"...lot more damage than wilting your pansies: The Barton Springs segment of the Edwards Aquifer is officially in an..."

Feb. 3, 2006 News Feature

Day Trips: Sacred Tours, San Marcos
Walk in the footsteps of the Coahuiltecan people
"...& Nature Tours walk the ancient paths around the springs in San Marcos. It was from the waters of..."

March 27, 2015 Column by Gerald E. McLeod

A GOP Sampler: Primary Highlights
The Republican primary in a nuthouse ... er, nutshell
"...pushes a conservative-hip image – onetime underwater swimmer at Aquarena Springs, likes to spend his free time playing drums..."

May 18, 2012 News Feature by Michael King

2001 Kids' Summer Fun Guide
"...invertebrate animals for study and play. A trip to Aquarena Springs and a ride on the glass-bottom boats is..."

May 4, 2001 Features Feature

Dancing About Architecture
Our resident Marshmallow Peep relates the news and hearsay in and around the Live Music Capital...
"...6-8, is the big Old Settlers Fest in Dripping Springs (another former home to Woodshock!), featuring the Charlie Daniels..."

April 6, 2001 Music Column by Ken Lieck

Secret Origins: Austin’s Comic Creators
For Free Comic Book Day, we head into the studios and writing rooms of our local sequential art talents
"...Comic Relief1330 Aquarena Springs Dr. #101, San Marcos, 512/353-1138..."

May 5, 2023 Arts Feature by Richard Whittaker

Don't Let the Door Hit You on the Way Out
"...totally counts as Austin, doesn't it? Isn't that where Aquarena Springs was? Man, I miss that diving pig."..."

April 1, 2016 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Free for All
There's something for every taste and age in the 50 titles for Free Comic Book Day 2015
"...Comic Relief 1330 Aquarena Springs #101, San Marcos, 512/353-1138; 10am-6pm..."

May 1, 2015 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Free Comic Book Day: Local Stores, Local Artists
Austin and beyond, where to get your free comic books Saturday
"...Comic Relief: 1330 Aquarena Springs, San Marcos..."

May 4, 2013 Books Post by Richard Whittaker

Good Eats (and Drinks) Every New Student Should Know
The Food staff weighs in on student dining
"...Lolita's Tacos (1501 Aquarena Springs Dr.) Unless Chick-fil-A is your thing, don't bother..."

Aug. 24, 2012 Food Feature by The Food Staff

It's Free Comic Book Day
The where, what and how of comic collectors' favorite Saturday
"...Comic Relief, 1330 Aquarena Springs Dr., San Marcos..."

May 5, 2012 Books Post by Richard Whittaker

Epic Fail, Mr. Sullivan! Epic Fail!
Blogmeister Sullivan slams our prize pig
"...the Swimming Pig (alternately Ralph the Diving Pig) of Aquarena Springs. He used to hang out with mermaids, beeyotch!..."

May 25, 2010 Qmmunity Post by Kate X Messer

Film News
Bob Hudgins, successor of Tom Copeland at the Texas Film Commission, isn't wasting any time; plus, Andrew Shapter, Lunafest, and more
" cheek by John Sayles and filmed mostly at Aquarena Springs in San Marcos? The remake is set at..."

Jan. 27, 2006 Screens Column by Joe O'Connell

Day Trips
"...with 30 men in 1970 on the grounds of Aquarena Springs Resort in San Marcos. Because women weren't allowed,..."

Oct. 3, 2003 Column by Gerald E. McLeod

Rectangular Packages With Ribbons
"Judging from the places he visited in Texas, he is clearly one New Yorker who believed, or at least wanted to document, the myths Texans tell themselves," writes Clay Smith of Garry Winogrand's photographs in Winogrand 1964.
"...and the playing field, and he couldn't resist campy Aquarena Springs in San Marcos. He set out to document..."

Dec. 13, 2002 Books Feature by Clay Smith

Day Trips
Take a dip in these secret swimming holes.
"...the Cheatham Street Dam in Rio Vista Park. From Aquarena Springs to the interstate highway, the San Marcos River..."

July 6, 2001 Column by Gerald E. McLeod

Day Trips
A heroic swimmer falls from grace and becomes addicted to dope. A story ripped from the Olympic headlines? Why no, it's the strange tale of Priscilla the Pig, whose memory is enshrined in a Houston home.
"...had a fondness for pigs. Around 1982, Victoria called Aquarena Springs Resort in San Marcos and had a long..."

Oct. 6, 2000 Column by Gerald E. McLeod

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