Compiled by Bailie Wilson
Take a road trip to the Texas Hill Country and discover New Braunfels—a charming town with endless possibilities for entertainment. Founded in 1845 by German Settlers, this little gem has a rich heritage and geographical location that lends itself to all kinds of outdoor adventures.
Natural Bridge Caverns: A treasured natural attraction, the caverns offer an educational experience that is high energy and family-oriented. Head underground with a tour guide who will show you the natural beauty of the ancient formations—and be sure to bring your camera to capture every moment. You will want your best walking shoes for this one! Other fun activities include the Canopy Challenge & Ziplines, gem and fossil mining, and a maze. For more information, visit www.naturalbridgecaverns.com or call (210)651-6101.
Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch: Right next door to the Natural Bridge Caverns, this 400 acre ranch is one of Texas’ most recognized family entertainment attractions. Come by for a safari adventure and see more than 500 animals from 40 exotic, native, and endangered animal species worldwide. For more information, visit www.wildliferanchtexas.com or call (830)438-3494.
Dry Comal Creek Winery: This vineyard features a creative spin on Texas Wine, using the resistant Black Spanish grape, which was used to develop a series of award-winning specialty wines. Tours are offered every Saturday and Sunday at 1:30pm and 3:30pm, and guests are encouraged to visit the tasting room to sample all the delicious wine options. http://www.drycomalcreek.com/ or call (830)885-4076.
Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre- In its 14th season, the Brauntex Theatre is offering an expanded scope of programs and promoting family and social entertainment. If you are looking for a cultural experience in downtown New Braunfels, be sure to stop by and see what’s on the calendar. For more information about tickets and shows, visit www.brauntex.org or call (830)627-0808.
New Braunfels offers an abundance of outdoor water activities for the whole family. Let’s just say, you won’t want to leave home without your bathing suit. A haven for water-lovers, the area consists of two pristine rivers, a lake, natural springs, a water park, and more.
Guadalupe and Comal Rivers
New Braunfels’ unique geographical location places it right on the Guadalupe and Comal Rivers. Spending a summer day on the river is ideal for a New Braunfels visitor looking for a relaxing day in the sun, and there are plenty river outfitters and tube rentals to meet all your floating needs.
Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort
Voted world’s best water park for 16 years in a row, Schlitterbahn is a wet and wild adventure situated on the banks of the Comal River. This world-class water park has something to offer for every member of the family. With more than 70 acres of excitement, the park includes rides and attractions ranging from thrilling to relaxing, beautiful picnic areas, and kids water playgrounds. Plan to stay close by in one of the riverside cabins, lofts, vacation home, or hotel room and enjoy perks such as early ride times, free tubes and shuttle service. For more information on ticket prices and accommodations, visit http://www.schlitterbahn.com/.
Texas Ski Ranch
For visitors seeking a little more action, make plans to spend some time at the Texas Ski Ranch. This 70 acre ranch features a cable system and boat lake for those water sport dare devils. Experienced riders can participate in nearly every board sport, and coaching for beginner riders is also available. Not interested in water sports? The Texas Ski Ranch also has a lovely beach area for visitors who would prefer to lounge by the water. Fun dining options abound including Wahoo’s Fish Taco. For more information, visit www.texasskiranch.com or call (830)627-2843.
If you are looking for a paddleboat excursion, Landa Lake at Landa Park is just the spot. Landa Park has a whole day’s worth of activity with attractions including a spring fed pool and 18 hole miniature golf course. You can jog along the trails, or for only $3 per person, a miniature train will take you and the kiddos on a scenic ride around park. There is plenty of space to run around as well as playgrounds, sand volleyball courts, and a fishing pier. Be sure to pack a picnic lunch when you come enjoy this affordable way to spend time in the great outdoors.
Known as the Water Recreation Capital of Texas, Canyon Lake is conveniently located just minutes from New Braunfels. This clear-water lake has an 80-mile shore line, 23 entrance ramps—a perfect spot for fishing and boating. There are plenty of areas for tent camping and hiking. But if you are looking for a little more luxury, bed and breakfasts, resorts, and other accommodations can be found all around. Some of the other attractions in the area surrounding the lake include lakeside golf, nature trails, swim beaches, and a live music amphitheatre on the Guadalupe. For more information, visit http://www.canyonlakechamber.com.