With world-class waterparks, a spring-fed river, history, breweries, and vineyards, New Braunfels has entertainment for the entire family. Stay here for a weekend or a full vacation and you will find fun around every corner. If you’re planning a trip to New Braunfels, use this handy guide of the 10 best things to do, to make sure you see the best of the area!
Schlitterbahn is THE reason travelers from all over Texas flock to New Braunfels, every summer. This flagship location has 51 attractions spread over 70 acres (28.3 hectares) and is proud to incorporate the spring-fed river, that runs through the park. The rides here use the river water that stays at a cool 72 degrees Fahrenheit (22.2°C) year-round within the rides, and visitors can even float around the river in certain sections of the park – part of their “lazy river” is an actual river!
With free inner tubes, shaded picnic tables, and food and drinks galore, you can spend the day here with the entire family, having a great time. Get ready to enjoy the Boogie Bahn, fly high on the Sky Coaster, tube down the Torrent Wave River, or scream with joy on the Master Blaster Water Coaster. A tram is available to ferry guests around the park.
Address: 400 North Liberty Avenue, New Braunfels, Texas 78130
2. Comal River Float (Landa Falls)
Schlitterbahn isn’t the only way to enjoy the Comal River during hot Texas summers. Landa Falls offers the longest float down the Comal River (about 2.5 hours), and visitors can enjoy renting a tube and floating down the constant 72°F (22.2°C) water, stopping periodically to swing off of rope swings, jump off the sides of the riverbank, and have a fun day on the river.
Areas for a picnic lunch are also available, and don’t forget to get a tube with a bottom, for your cooler!
Address: 120 Landa St, New Braunfels, TX 78130
Website: Landa Falls
3. Stars & Stripes Drive-In Theater
Open year-round, Stars & Stripes drive-in is a reminder of a lost era. One of the last remaining drive-ins in Texas, this theater shows all the latest movies. Just pull in your car, tune in the radio, and enjoy. Snacks and drinks are available to ensure everyone enjoys all the fun of a drive-in movie. This theater is still family owned and operated.
Stars & Stripes
Address: 1178 Kroesche Ln, New Braunfels, TX 78130
Website: Stars & Stripes
4. Gruene Historic District
The Gruene region was founded in the mid-1840s when German settlers first reached this area. They built many buildings and the town thrived until around 1922 when a series of disasters became too much for the region and many businesses shut their doors. In 1974, a University of Texas student set to revive this area and preserve the many historic buildings here. It has now been added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Today, visitors will find a unique place to walk around and explore a bit of Texas history. With many small boutique shops selling unusual items, as well as fine dining and quality local wine, this is a great place to spend a relaxing afternoon.
Gruene Historic District
Address: 1601 Hunter Rd, New Braunfels, TX 78130
Website: Gruene Historic District
5. Landa Park
Landa Park is a 51 acre (20.6 hectare) park that offers visitors towering oak trees, shady picnic areas, and miles of trails. A miniature train also runs around the park, providing a lot of fun for children (and adults)! Comal Springs and Landa Lake are both located within the park grounds, and paddleboats are available to rent.
Panther Canyon Nature Trail and the William and Dolores Schumann Arboretum tour will introduce guests to all the flora and fauna in the region. You can also feed ducks, swim in the pool or pond, swing over the water, play a round of mini-golf, and much more.
Address: 164 Landa Park Dr, New Braunfels, TX 78130
Website: Landa Park
6. McKenna Children's Museum
McKenna Children’s Museum focuses on hands-on learning and providing an environment to stimulate children’s minds and imagination. Exhibits include science and technology, healthy eating habits, art and culture, gardening, and more. There are fun art projects, water exhibits, and grocery stores. This museum is targeted for children under 8 years old.
McKenna Children's Museum
Address: 801 W San Antonio St, New Braunfels, TX 78130
Website: McKenna Children’s Museum
7. Dry Comal Creek Vineyards
These vineyards are award-winning, family-owned, and boutique. They are considered the pioneer in Texas of Black Spanish wines, made entirely from a native Texas grape. Texas-Style wines are characterized by being fruit-forward, floral, smooth from beginning to end, and have a hint of oak.
The tasting room is fun and scenic, and the vineyard sits on a beautiful piece of property, so you can enjoy the scenery while sipping on a new wine.
Dry Comal Creek Vineyards
Address: 1741 Herbelin Rd, New Braunfels, TX 78132
Website: Dry Comal Creek Vineyards
8. Canyon Lake
With 80 miles (128.7 km) of shoreline and over 8,200 acres (3318.4 hectares) of surface area, Canyon Lake has fun for the entire family. It is one of the deepest lakes in Texas, averaging 43 feet (13.1 meters), and is great for fishing. Visitors can also walk the dam, swim, or rent water sports equipment.
You can also explore the Canyon Lake Gorge, which offers tours of rock strata up to 100 million years old, with fossils, dinosaur tracks, and new ecosystem, in a series of pools fed by springs and waterfalls.
Website: Canyon Lake
9. Guadalupe Brewing Company
Guadalupe Brewing Company opened in 2012 and is proud to be local and distributed exclusively in Texas. They have a passion for brewing quality craft beer and focus on full-flavored, well-balanced, and approachable beer. Everything is brewed in New Braunfels and they have a lot of fun flavors, such as the Chocolate Pecan Stout, and the S’more Bitter Stout w/ Marshmallow. The taps rotate regularly, and locals assure nothing here disappoints.
Guadalupe Brewing Company
Address: 1580 Wald Rd, New Braunfels, TX 78132
Website: Guadalupe Brewing
10. Downtown Antique Mall
Located in a restored building from the early 1900’s, this antique mall has something for everyone. With 16,000 square feet (1486.4 square meters) of inventory and over 40 dealers, you can easily spend an afternoon browsing through their selections. They have everything from American and English hardwood furniture to a wide variety of collectibles and memorabilia.
Address: 209 W San Antonio St, New Braunfels, TX 78130
Website: Antique Mall
Days in the water, nights on the town
Spend your days having fun in the river and your nights in breweries, vineyards, or a drive-in movie theater. New Braunfels is a great place to get away and have fun. If you are looking for the latest things to do in New Braunfels, Texas, check out their official site!
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