Discover New Braunfels
Welcome to New Braunfels- German heritage with a Texas Twist! New Braunfels is an extraordinary town with plenty of activities for individuals, couples, and families. Located thirty-nine minutes from San Antonio and forty-nine minutes from Austin, New Braunfels offers all of the entertainment options of a big city while maintaining that small town charm and beauty for which the Hill Country is famous.
Situated on the the banks of both the Comal and Guadalupe Rivers, New Braunfels is a city foremost built around outdoor water activity. Start with Schlitterbahn. Often ranked as America’s best water park, Schlitterbahn offers sixty-five acres of exciting and innovative rides for adults and children alike. They have everything from the Biergarten Heated Pool to a Kiddie Park to private cabanas. Everything one would need for spending the day under the Texas sun. Water and adventure are also the ultimate aims of Texas Ski Ranch. This unique destination provides watersport enthusiasts of all skill levels the opportunity and equipment to enjoy wakeboarding, snowboarding, skateboarding, and even paintball. Landa Park offers watersport of a mellower nature. Located on the cool Comal River, a wading pool, a fishing pier, and Landa Park Lake await. Have a barbecue at one of their many pavilions, or show off your athletic side with a game of sand volleyball. Walk along the miles of nature trails while gazing at the historical structures of this gorgeous park. If tubing is your pleasure, the Comal and Guadalupe Rivers offer two distinct experiences. The Guadalupe’s water flow is controlled by Canyon Dam, so the water fluctuates in temperature and temperament. You are likely to experience exciting rapids and natural obstacles in your tubing path. It is also a longer float averaging two and a half hours. Texas Tubes and Bezdeks rent tubes, kayaks, and rafts along this scenic river. The Comal River is fed by an underground spring and the temperature stays between seventy and seventy-two degrees. This float is calm, easy and shorter than the Guadalupe float. Comal Tubes and New Braunfels Tubes (along with many others) service the Comal River. Whichever river you choose, you are bound to have a memorable time.
New Braunfels also has a lively downtown district. The historic Faust Hotel and Brewery offers really great pub food and beer brewed right on-site. The Alpine Haus allows for a decidedly more upscale dining experience. Delectable Bavarian food is on full display to whet the appetites of all food lovers. For something sweet visit 2tarts Bakery- a nationally known locally run family owned business serves the best pastries in town. Step inside the Sophienburg Museum and Archive. Located on the exact spot Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels established his Texas colony in 1845, this sweet little museum has exhibits that show how early Germans kept their homes, archives documenting German migration and community development, and a great little gift shop selling authentic Teutonic tchotchkes. For those who love to dance, look no further than Gruene Hall. It is recognized as the oldest dancehall in Texas and maintains its original layout. Six thousand square feet of open air dancing and a lively roster of world renowned musicians has kept this beloved venue hopping since 1878. And because you cannot visit Texas without breaking out your favorite boots and jeans, the Comal County Fair and Rodeo is the kick-off of Central Texas’ Fall Season. Be amazed and entertained by extreme bull riding, roping, and barrel racing or just take advantage of the fair- the biggest in Central Texas!
Whether you like food, wine, watersports, or rodeos, New Braunfels is the small town that has all the big city options for fun.