Billy is a hiking and outdoors enthusiast. He is also the Owner of Ravenshire Creations and host of the YouTube channel Gecko's Trails.
San Marcos, Texas Mermaid Tour Video
A Walking Tour of the San Marcos, Texas Mermaid Statues.
In his article for magazine Collectors Weekly entitled "The Real Mermaids of San Marcos, Texas", Hunter Oatman-Stanford details at length the fascinating history of the Aquamaids at the Aquarena Springs Resort in San Marcos, Texas. In it's day, the Aquarena was the most famous, if not the only, show of its kind complete with it's Aquamaids, Ralph the swimming pig, glass-bottom boat tours, and Glurpo and Glupette the underwater clowns. Today, the Aquarena Springs Resort is The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment.
Since then, an organization in San Marcos, The Mermaid Society of Texas, has taken ownership of the Mermaid lifestyle choice, which made San Marcos famous nationwide so long ago. September 8-22, 2018 makes the 3rd Annual SMTX Mermaid SPLASH complete with a parade. 'SPLASH' is an acronym which stand for:
Stewardship, Preservation, Local, Arts, Sustainability, Heritage
In his article in the Texas Monthly magazine in an article entitled "How Mermaids Could Save San Marcos" Taylor Prewitt details the Founder of The Mermaid Society of Texas July Moreno's vision of how mermaids can bring San Marcos into a new age of prosperity, education, and historical pride.
A press release by the City of San Marcos on July 16, 2018 about the mermaid statues details their cultural and tourist mission along with the locations and names of the 10 statues that were being installed. The mermaid statues were created by The Fountain People and were painted by several different artists picked by the San Marcos Arts Commission. The names of the statues by location on the route I took are as follows:
“Flora” by Morgan Egan @ The Price Center
“Mermaid Map” by Grace Park @ Eddie Durham Park
“The Fish of the San Marcos Waterways” by Doug Hiser @ MLK Jr./Guadalupe St.
“Oh For a Muse of Fire” by April Laymen @ Guadalupe St./W. Hopkins St.
“Liquid Metal” by Darin Woods@ Hutchinson St. in front of Minute Man
“Mermaid Playground” by Malachy McKinney@ Hutchinson St. in front of Texas Skate (the one I missed in my video)
“Before Us” by Dianna Weems @ Plaza Park, C. M. Allen Pkwy
“Aqua Reina” by Jamie Lynn Shelton @ The San Marcos Activity Center, E. Hopkins St.
“Ode to Ralph” by Cheryl Latimer @ Discovery Park/Visitor's Center, I-35 S./River Rd.
“Blooming Brightly” by Lauren Hofmann @ Children's Park, C. M. Allen Pkwy
The walking tour covers a distance of about 3.8 miles and Google says that it would take 1 hour and 17 minutes to walk if you were to go without stopping. The walk is a really beautiful route which allows you to see Eddie Durham Park, Downtown San Marcos, Plaza Park, Lion's Club Park, Discovery Park, Rio Vista Park, the San Marcos River, and the Children's Park. Take your time and enjoy yourself!
Texas Heat - The Struggle is Real!
I took it upon myself, as a proud San Martian, to take the Mermaid Tour and capture them on video and in photographs. In retrospect, I should have waited for a cooler day because it was in excess of 100 degrees and 80% humidity. I fear I was close to passing out several times, but I made it! I put together a great video which is at the beginning of this article for your enjoyment and took some amazing photographs. All I have to say is to bring a couple bottles of water and maybe some snacks in a day pack.
A Great Place to Visit
As a resident of San Marcos, I try to be non-biased when I write these articles, but it is extremely difficult because this is such an awesome place to live. Please let my enthusiasm inspire you to visit this historic city. See the sites, partake of the many restaurants, shop at the many shops, boutiques, and outlet stores, but most of all: