New Braunfels/Gruene Attractions
Deep in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, tucked between San Antonio & Austin lies the charming German town of New Braunfels. With its unique German Heritage, New Braunfels is host to an abundance of activities year round.
Spring & Summer.
The Rivers – If you love the water, then grab your swimsuit and float, raft, kayak, fish or swim in one of New Braunfels two most popular rivers, The Guadalupe and Comal.
Guadalupe River – Flowing from Canyon Lake Dam 250 miles toward the coast, The Guadalupe River supports some of the finest recreation spots in Central Texas. Millions of people rent tubes, rafts, kayaks, and canoes to float a 20 mile section of the river between the Canyon Lake Dam and New Braunfels every year. For the fishing enthusiast be sure to try your hand at world class fly fishing on the banks of the Guadalupe or fish for largemouth bass at one of the several local lakes including Canyon Lake, Lake Dunlap, Lake McQueeny and Lake Placid.
Comal River – The Comal River is a two mile spring fed river which stays the same temperature all year round and is known for scuba diving, snorkeling and the wild and crazy Tube Chute. Continue the fun with boating, parasailing, and fishing at Canyon Lake.
Canyon Lake – Canyon Lake is one of the deepest lakes in Texas with an average depth of 43 feet which makes it a fisherman’s dream for Largemouth Bass, Catfish, and White & Striped Bass. Take a boat out for a little journey around the lake, and discover 80 miles of shoreline and beautiful scenery.
Schlitterbahn Water Park & Resort – Bring the kids, pack a lunch and make a splash at known as the number one water park in the nation!
Gruene Historical District – If shopping is more your cup of tea, visit the Gruene Historic District where you can spend the day shopping for antiques, ironworks, pottery and clothing in our unique boutiques and gift shops. Take a stroll down the quaint streets of Gruene, sample Texas Wines at one of our locat wineries or dine on the banks of the Guadalupe River. At the end of the day you can dance the two- step to your favorite country music at Texas’ oldest dance hall, Gruene Hall where famous country singers such as Willie Nelson and George Strait started their singing career.
Landa Park – Landa Park offers picnic facilities under the shade of giant, ancient oak trees. Walk or jog in the parks special trails or ride a miniature train that chugs around the 51 acre park. Play on the challenging 18 hole miniature golf course or jump into a paddleboat and explore the Comal River.
The Natural Bridge Caverns – The largest known caverns in the U.S. state of Texas. The name was derived from the 60 ft natural limestone slab bridge that spans the amphitheater setting of the cavern’s entrance. Discover incredible underground chambers filled with spectacular formations on a family-friendly guided tour along paved, lighted walkways. Pan for gems like miners panned for gold in the 1800’s at the Natural Bridge Mining Company and don’t miss the Canopy Challenge which is a four level zip line course.
Bluebonnets – Spring is a favorite time of year in the hill country when the Texas bluebonnets burst info full bloom. Dust off your camera, grab a picnic lunch and take pictures with the kids surrounded by a blanket of blue.
Wineries – The Texas Hill Country has become a prominent region for wine enthusiasts within the last few decades and continues to grow in popularity and is being recognized as one of the top wine destinations in the world. Take a wine tour and enjoy some of our best Texas wines.
Festivals – New Braunfels is known for its major festivals and events year round including the world famous Wurstfest celebrating the German heritage and traditions of the past. Wassailfest, The Gruene Music and Wine Fest and The KNBT Americana Music Jam are also major events that are popular with vistitors. Go to https://www.everfest.com/texas/new-braunfels-festivals or https://innewbraunfels.com
to find a calendar of events for every month.
Shopping – Browse the unique boutiques in downtown New Braunfels and Historic Gruene, then have a glass of wine overlooking the Guadalupe River. The famous San Marcos Outlet mall is only 10 minutes away where you will discover over 145 brand name stores at rock bottom prices for clothing, jewelry, housewares and a variety of unique accessories.
San Antonio Riverwalk – New Braunfels is only 30 miles from the famous San Antonio Riverwalk. Millions of people visit the River Walk each year to enjoy the restaurants, wine bars and shopping that winds along the San Antonio river. San Antonio is also the home of the Six Flags Amusement Park where thousands of thrill seekers visit every year to
Austin – “Keep Austin Weird”, the unofficial slogan of this hill country town, is a call to embrace all things local, original and uniquely Austin. The city has proved to be an exciting place to sample diverse menus where some of the most creative chefs in the country can be found working in unassuming converted bungalows and downtown warehouses. If you are looking for entertainment in the area, no one celebrates the art of music better than Austin, well known as the “Live Music Capital of the World” because on any given night, one can find over one hundred venues showcasing a wide variety of affordable or free live music performances.
Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway, a family vacation or a quick weekend visit to hear your favorite country music at Gruene Hall, let us find the perfect place for you. We invite you to visit our charming city and experience our version of hill country year round fun!