Discover Fun Things To Do In New Braunfels & Texas Hill Country Attractions
An easy drive from San Antonio, Austin, Canyon Lake and the historic town of Gruene, New Braunfels is a captivating destination for fun, adventure and romance. Go tubing, rafting and kayaking on the Comal and Guadulupe rivers. Enjoy recreational activities and swim in spring-fed pools at beautiful Landa Park.
Get wet and wild at Schlitterbaun Waterpark Resort. Sample Texas wines at Dry Comal Creek Winery. Experience Wurstfest, one of the largest German festivals in the country, and enjoy excellent antique shopping. Just 25 miles away, San Antonio is a fun-loving destination and home to the Alamo, San Antonio River Walk, Mission Trail, the Spurs, and scores of exciting attractions.
New Braunfels & San Antonio Attractions
Landa Park -Located in New Braunfels, Landa Park offers 51-acres of natural recreation. This beautiful park features scenic trails and picnic areas under ancient oak trees. Enjoy water sports, like tubing, canoeing, kayaking, rafting, and boating on Landa Lake and Comal Springs, or rent a paddle boat at Landa Park Boathouse.
Landa Park attractions include the Landa Park Aquatic Complex and Landa Park Miniature Golf Course. Explore the parklands and wilderness on the 1.6 mile Panther Canyon Nature Trail, ride the miniature train or take a walking tour of the William and Dolores Schumann Arboretum with 50 species of trees. Visit http://www.nbtexas.org/index.aspx?NID=156.
Gruene Hall -The oldest dance hall and music venue in Texas and birthplace of many famous songwriters and musicians, Gruene Hall presents exciting live music and concerts. Built in 1878, Gruene Hall was where great musicians like George Strait and Lyle Lovett started their careers in country music. Located in Gruene, Texas, this legendary music hall has presented country music's hottest acts, including the Dixie Chicks, Bo Diddly, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, and Willie Nelson. This historic music hall is the place in Central Texas to hear the country's top artists. Stop by for Gospel Brunch the second Sunday of every month. Visit www.gruenehall.com.
Comal River -Running 3.4 miles through the city of New Braunfels, from Comal Springs in Landa Park to the Guadalupe River, the Comal River is the shortest navigable river in Texas. With its natural beauty, mild currents and clear waters, the Comal River is a popular spot for scuba diving, rafting, kayaking, canoeing, fishing and tubing. The longest tube chute in the world, the City Tube Chute on the Comal River offers family water fun, picnic areas, and tube rentals. Set on 16 acres, Schlitterbahn Water Park is powered by the Comal's flowing waters. Visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comal_River
Dry Comal Creek Vineyards -Nestled in a protected valley in Texas Hill Country, Dry Comal Creek Vineyards & Winery produces unique, flavorful wines from its rich vineyards. Located in new Braunfels, Dry Comal Creek has developed award-winning specialty wines including French Colombard, Orange Muscat, White Black Spanish, Comal Red, Black Spanish and 1096 Port. Each wine is spectacular in character and drinkability! Sample Texas-style wines at the Tasting Room and Gift Shop that are open every day from noon to 5 p.m. Visit http://www.drycomalcreek.com
Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort -Voted one the top water parks on earth, Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort in New Braunfels features three sections – Blastenhoff, Surfenburg and Schlitterbahn West – with miles of tube chutes, tunnel slides, endless rivers, uphill water coasters, surfing waves, activity pools, beaches, and kid-friendly water playgrounds.
Set on 16 acres on the Comal River and fed by the gently flowing waters of the river, Schlitterbahn Waterpark gives families a wet and wild adventure in Texas Hill Country. Ride the free tram to all three exciting sections of the waterpark. Visit http://www.schlitterbahn.com/nb.
Canyon Lake -A Texas Hill Country treasure, Canyon Lake is a beautiful destination for boating, sailing, water skiing, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, scuba diving, parasailing, and hiking. Located 25 miles west of New Braunfels, Canyon Lake spans 8,230 acres and 80 miles of beautiful shoreline with gorgeous views, 23 boat ramps, two marinas, campgrounds, a yacht club, a country club and a golf course.
Canyon Lake releases water down stream into the Guadalupe River, famous for its awesome tubing. Canyon Lake Yacht Club features a 144 slip waterfront, a 2-lane launching ramp, party deck, clubhouse, pool, boat rigging tower and racing program. Visit http://www.canyonlakeguide.com.
Natural Bridge Cavern -One of the most treasured natural attractions in Texas, Natural Bridge Caverns is a beautiful and historic cavern system that offers a high-energy experience. Explore 2 miles of the vast cavern passage on one of the tours available. Go caving on one of the exciting adventure tours, pan for precious stones, experience a spectacle of nature on the original ½ mile Discovery Tour and take the ultimate challenge from the 50-foot Watchtower, one of the largest outdoor climbing towers and zip lines in Texas. Whether a novice or an avid caver, Natural Bridge Caverns is a once in a lifetime experience. Visit www.naturalbridgecaverns.com.
Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch -Go on an African safari on 400 acres of Texas Hill Country at Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch. Drive 4 miles of adventurous roads and encounter over 500 animals representing 40 species of native, exotic, endangered wildlife, including zebras, rhinos, giraffes, elk, llamas, ostriches and gnus. Your exciting safari takes you to the Kenyan Preserve, Massai Savannah, Tatonka Range, and Kilamanjaro Overlook. Visit the Petting Zoo, Longneck Learning Center, Gift Shop and Safari Camp Grill. Visit http://www.wildliferanchtexas.com.
Guadalupe River -Flowing through the beautiful Texas Hill Country, Guadalupe River is one of the most scenic rivers in Texas. Coursing over four natural rapids and steep limestone bluffs, the river is a popular destination for tubing, rafting, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, and swimming. Float or paddle down the clear-flowing waters and admire the unique limestone banks, which are shaded by bald cypress and pecan trees.
There are many outfitters on the river for raft, tube and kayak rentals. Framing the river, the beautiful and rugged Guadalupe River State Park offers outdoor activities including canoeing, fishing, swimming, tubing, picnicking, camping, wildlife viewing, and miles of winding trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Visit http://www.guadaluperiver.com.
Texas Ski Ranch -Located in New Braunfels, Texas Ski Ranch is a 70-acre actions sports complex, featuring two cable lakes for waterskiing, wakeboarding, water skiing and kneeboarding. Texas Ski Ranch also offers a skateboard park, beach, a rock climbing wall, pro shop and Coconutz Bar and Grill. Experience the thrill of wakeboarding and wakeskating with a circulating cable. TSR's 15,000 square foot street course-style park features great transitions, ramps, rails, half pipes and fun boxes for skateboarding, inline and freestyle bmx and competitions. Visit www.texasskiranch.com
San Marcos Tanger Outlet -Located in San Marcos - just a few miles of New Braunfels - Tanger Outlets features over 100 brand name outlets with prices you'll love. Shop at designer outlets, such as Adidas, American Eagle Outfitters, Banana Republic Factory Store, Calvin Klein, Fossil, Izod, Kenneth Cole, Old Navy and Vans. Enjoy dining at restaurants like Outback Steakhouse and River City Bar & Grill. Visit http://www.tangeroutlet.com/sanmarcos
SeaWorld Antonio -The world's largest marine life adventure park and family entertainment destination, SeaWorld San Antonio features 26 sensational shows, animal exhibits, thrilling rides, educational experiences, special events and a water park. Enjoy dazzling shows including Believe and Azul. See amazing animal exhibits like Dolphin Cove, Sharks/The Coral Reef and Shamu's Happy Harbor. Experience exciting rides, including Steel Eel, The Great White and Texas Splashdown. Splash, slide, cruise, and tube at the Lost Lagoon Waterpark. Join one the guided tours, including the Dolphin Discovery Tour and Seafari Tour. Visit http://www.SeaWorld.com/SanAntonio.
Six Flags Fiesta -Located in San Antonio, Six Flags Fiesta is an exciting family amusement park with adrenaline-pumping rides, coasters, entertainment, shows and a wild water park. Defy gravity on thrill rides like Superman: Krypton Coaster and Poltergeist, or enjoy fun family rides such as Hill Country Racer.Experience a wonderful waterland of tubes, rides, and slides at White Water Bay, featuring the largest wave pool in the country and wild water rides for a cool Texas Hill Country adventure. Visit http://www.sixflags.com.
Historic Town of Gruene -Founded in 1872, The Historic of Gruene is a charming city with wonderful places to shop and dine. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a Texas Historic Landmark, Gruene offers many Victorian buildings, including the elegant Gruene Mansion Inn and Gruene Antique Store building. Built in the 1800s, Gruene Hall is oldest dance hall in Texas where country stars and legends like Willie Nelson, George Strait, and Lyle Lovett have performed.
Visit Historic Gruene Market Days and shop among 100 artisans and craftsman for jewelry, sculpture, furniture, pottery, spices and the finest handmade products and art in Texas. Enjoy the Town Lighting and meet Cowboy Kringle during the Christmas Markets the 1st weekend of December. Go tubing, rafting and swimming on the Guadalupe River in Gruene. Visit http://www.touringtexas.com/gruene/
New Braunfels Fun Things To Do
- McKenna Children's Museum - http://www.mckennakids.org
- White Crane Spa - http://www.whitecranemassageandspa.com
- Snake Farm and Exotic Animal Park - http://www.exoticanimalworld.com
- New Braunfels Historical Railroad and Modelers Society - http://www.newbraunfelsrailroadmuseum.org
- Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - http://www.wildflower.org
- The Heritage Museum - http://www.theheritagemuseum.org
- Sophienburg Museum - http://www.sophienburg.com
New Braunfels Golf Courses
- The Bandit Golf Club - http://www.banditgolfclub.net
- Landa Park Municipal Golf Course - 830-221-4340
- Canyon Lake Golf Club - 830-899-3301