Twelve K Ranch specializes in family fun! With pools, arcade games, rec rooms, & smart TVs in every room, it’s very likely the dreaded words every parent or grandparent hates to hear will never be uttered…”I’m Bored.” But, if your group needs a little excursion with the youngsters, San Marcos is full of adventurous, entertaining & educational activities for kids.


Floating the river is the off-site activity of choice of just about every Twelve K Ranch guest. And, it doesn’t have to cost anything other than tube rental (or you can bring your own). River access is free and only :15 mins from the property if you go to the San Marcos City Park – parking is free & Lions Club Tube Rental is on-site and super affordable. Other popular floating spots: Don’s Fish Camp & Texas State Tubes.

Night Time Kayaking

For kids 7+ (with accompanying adult), check out Paddle SMTX where you use translucent kayaks equipped with underwater colored LED lights to illuminate your river trip. The first part of the experience is guided and then you’ll get to kayak on your own. Daytime tours are also available.


Explore the cave system, petting zoo, and observation tower at Wonder World Cave & Adventure Park, a unique attraction for kids that offers educational tours and hands-on experiences.

Glass Bottom Boats

Visit the Glass-Bottom Boat Tours at The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment to see the underwater world of Spring Lake while learning about local ecology and history. Photo Credit: Scott Bauer

Hottest Coolest Time

Nestled along the picturesque Guadalupe River, Schlitterbahn Waterpark in New Braunfels is renowned for its for its thrilling water rides and innovative attractions, offering visitors an exhilarating experience with its expansive collection of water slides, lazy rivers, and wave pools.

Texas Ski Ranch

With its exceptional water & sports facilities, including wakeboarding, paintball & axe-throwing, The Texas Ski Ranch in New Braunfels is a haven for thrill-seekers and water enthusiasts looking for an action-packed day.

Lions, Tigers & Snakes!

The Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo in New Braunfels offers a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with a diverse range of animals, including exotic snakes and a variety of other fascinating creatures, making it a thrilling and educational experience for visitors of all ages.

Sweets & Shops!

With collection of over 220 stores & 20 restaurants & fun eateries, the Tanger Outlet in San Marcos isn’t just shopping, it’s a destination. In addition to the kid’s specialty stores like Abercrombie Kids & Journeys Kidz at bargain prices, children will love visiting the Disney Outlet, Go! Game & Toy Outlet, Build-a-Bear Workshop Outlet, & Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, as well as the outlet’s shaded playscape.

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane

Kids who love airplanes and history will enjoy exploring the vintage aircraft and exhibits at the Commemorative Air Force Central Texas Wing Museum. Open Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat from 9am-4pm. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.