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Address: 602 N Interstate 35, San Marcos, TX 78666-6939
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+1 512-203-0093
08:00 - 17:00
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Olympic Outdoor Center leads a variety of daily recreational water...

Olympic Outdoor Center leads a variety of daily recreational water activities geared toward providing irresistible fun for everyone. Enjoy a day -- or just an afternoon -- of Kayaking, Fishing, Stand Up Paddling (SUP), Canoeing, Surfing, and more in the beautiful, clear waters of San Marcos Springs. We are committed to providing you with the best programs available by immersing ourselves in the activities that we offer. No matter your age or abilities, you will enjoy personalized attention from our skilled instructors. Come see why paddling is the best way to get outside in Texas with more river trails, beautiful scenery, and good company than anything else in the state!

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We have always had good experiences renting kayaks here. They have a real variety of kayaks for rent and the staff is great. Access to the San Marcos River is easy and you will... read more

Reviewed 14 February 2017
Clarke H
Austin, Texas
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Austin, Texas
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

We have always had good experiences renting kayaks here. They have a real variety of kayaks for rent and the staff is great. Access to the San Marcos River is easy and you will be able to experience one of the cleanest and free flowing rivers in Texas. Pack a lunch, rent a kayak, and head downstream! You will have... More 

Thank Clarke H
Marble Falls, Texas
2 reviews
Reviewed 3 January 2017

Great experience all around. This organization offers rentals for kayaks, SUPS and more. They also offer excellent international kayaking trips to Central America.

Thank heldkarla
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2016

We almost died. There was eight of us and the tour guide didn't come with us after we told her that we were first timers. Then, we all got flipped and almost drowned because she told us that we didn't have to wear our life jackets because it was "so easy, a five year old could do it." Five of... More 

5 Thank Elizabeth D
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2016

I first got into whitewater kayaking about 8 years ago and this was the place I received all my instruction from. This first thing to note is that Ben will tell you that you have to be an "Active Participant" on the water and in your own rescue. Which simply means that it's much harder to help someone who is... More 

Thank snowtiger9
Coppell, Texas
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188 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2016

After reading the quite negative reviews, I decided to give this location a shot because the groupon brought the cost down significantly. My son brought 12 other college age kids with him. To ensure I would not be left stranded like previous reviewers, I sent many texts to the number listed, which is the owner of the business (Ben). He... More 

Thank gggg1234
Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 June 2016 via mobile

This is the most unorganized business I have ever visited. I purchased a half day float for my family from Groupon. We arrived and the place is a disorganized mess. The kayaks are laying all over the property and they are nasty and full of standing water. They took one hour to figure out what kayaks we could use and... More 

2 Thank HLF_12
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Reviewed 14 March 2016 via mobile

I myself have been kayaking for years however my friends had never been which we made very clear to the staff. They gave us a little run down on where to and where not to go which we didn't really understand so he gave us his number to call if we got lost. He told us there was a point... More 

3 Thank Emmy C
Austin, Texas
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Reviewed 29 August 2015

Get Ben Kvanli to instruct you in basics and then take a skirted boat on a run through Rio Vista, it will be an unforgettable experience!

1 Thank amcalistertx
San Marcos, Texas
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Reviewed 29 July 2015

The San Marcos River is gorgeous and it is a very fun float. During the week it is peaceful and relaxing, but be aware that on the weekend there is an incredible amount of river traffic. It is not a good idea to bring young children because of the strong current and the overcrowding on the river. However, for teenagers... More 

3 Thank Sara A
OlympicOutdoorCenter, Manager at Olympic Outdoor Center, responded to this review

Sara, Thank you for your recent visit. We are glad that you and your family had such a good time with us. It’s true that the river gets busy on weekends during the summer. Thank you so much for your recommendation! More 

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Reviewed 18 April 2015

I have been kayaking for almost 10 years but using sit on tops because I could never get my roll down. In preparation for an upcoming trip I chanced upon Ben and found he does private instruction. After two hours in the cook waters of the San Marcos River I am much more confident in my roll. We even paddled... More 

2 Thank Rebe1221
OlympicOutdoorCenter, Manager at Olympic Outdoor Center, responded to this review

That's awesome! Happy that we can help perfect that tricky roll. We have a couple of kayak trips that are really fun that you might be interested in. Every weekend we have local trips on the San Marcos River and Guadalupe River and every month we take a bigger trip. Just give us a call or email if you want... More 

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