Once known mainly as a great place to go tubing on the Guadalupe River or make a pit stop between Austin and San Antonio, New Braunfels today is a destination all its own, with great places to dine, shop, play, and enjoy. Favorite attractions and things to do in New Braunfels include: Natural Bridge Caverns for underground cave tours; Landa Park for family fun; the Guadalupe River for tubing; Gruene Historic District with its charming boutiques and restaurants; Schlitterbahn New Braunfels, the world’s best waterpark; and McKenna Children's Museum, full of interactive exhibits for kids.
New Braunfels Events & Festivals
There is always something special going on in New Braunfels. From Wurstfest, voted the the No. 2 Oktoberfest in the nation by readers of USA TODAY, to the Gruene Music and Wine Festival, to the Guadalupe River Troutfest that allows you to fish “one of the 100 best trout streams in the US,” you can enjoy yourself here all year round. Hill Country residents know what festivals in New Braunfels they can’t miss. They also include Wurstfest Craft Beer Festival in early March and Folkfest, a celebration of New Braunfels’ German heritage, in April.
New Braunfels Restaurants
The Gristmill in Gruene, a former cotton gin and today one of America's Most Popular Family-Friendly Restaurants, as named by Urbanspoon, is often the answer to the question of what are the best restaurants in New Braunfels. It has a huge menu and a great location right on the river and next door to the famous Gruene Hall. Longhorn Café is an American diner known for its “Big Juicy” burger and also earns fans among families thanks to its outdoor play area with sandbox. Myron’s used to be a vintage movie theater and is today a prime steakhouse in the city. Alpine Haus Restaurant is a great way to soak in some of the city’s German heritage with its Bavarian-style fare and a wine & beer garden. New Braunfels is also home to Cantina Del Rio, voted Best Margarita for six years, and The Grapevine, featuring one of the largest selections of Texas wines.
Many people who are new to the Hill Country may be surprised to learn what wineries are in New Braunfels and how vibrant the wine country is here. Huffington Post called the Texas Wine Country the "New Napa,” and Wine Enthusiast also named the Texas Hill Country “one of the 10 Best Travel Destinations.” Dry Comal Creek, Winery on the Gruene, and Water 2 Wine are all right here in the city.
New Braunfels Rivers
People come to the area from far and wide to go tubing—one of the favorite things to do in New Braunfels. If you’re asking where to go tubing in New Braunfels, you have options. The Comal and the Guadalupe rivers are two of the most popular spots in all of Texas. Rockin’ R River Rides is a favorite place for tube rentals when floating the Guadalupe, while tubing on the Comal River is a great option for families because it is calmer and maintains a constant 72-degree temperature.
Natural Bridge Caverns is a premier natural attraction in New Braunfels, with underground cave tours and the Canopy Challenge, as well as several adventure tours including a 5,000 square foot outdoor maze and panning for gems, fossils and other treasures.
In the same complex as Natural Bridge Caverns, the Wildlife Ranch is a real-live safari right here in New Braunfels with 500 exotic, native, and endangered animals that you can feed from your car and 450 beautiful acres of Hill Country terrain to appreciate.
When people ask what parks are there in New Braunfels, Landa Park usually tops the list. With lots of areas to run and play plus a miniature train, nature trail, and mini-golf, it’s a favorite spot to hang out in the city.
Gruene Historic District
Gruene is a small town within the New Braunfels city limits that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the most charming places you’ll ever see. People love to: shop during Gruene Market Days; explore restored structures like Gruene Mansion Inn and Gruene Haus that once belonged to the town’s original settlers; stroll along its picturesque streets, and drop in to Gruene General Store, one of the top 40 places to visit in Texas, for their delicious homemade fudge.
Schlitterbahn New Braunfels
Voted the No. 1 waterpark in the world for the last 19 years, Schlitterbahn is among the favorite things to do in New Braunfels and a favorite place for family time in the city. In addition to daily fun, the park also offers staycations, with rooms right on the property.
McKenna Children's Museum
McKenna Children's Museum has tons of exhibits and hands-on activities to keep kids engaged for hours. It’s just one of the museums in New Braunfels, which also include the New Braunfels Railroad Museum, the Sophienburg Museum, and the Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture.
Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo
Animal World is another great place to see animals in New Braunfels, with exotic species from all over the world, one of the “most diverse collection of snakes in the country,” a petting zoo, and interactive shows.
Fischer Park is one of the newer things to do in New Braunfels and is also the largest park in the city, offering hiking trails, two fishing ponds, a splash pad, and a playground, plus a nature center, and an outdoor amphitheater
Want to know where is the live music in New Braunfels? That has to start with Gruene Hall, the oldest dance hall in Texas, and still a prime spot for Texas live music seven days a week. Whitewater Amphitheater is New Braunfels large venue for concerts and enjoys some of the city’s scenic surroundings from its riverside setting.
Restaurants from casual faves to fine dining and some of the best shopping in the state—including San Marcos’ Premium Outlets, voted among the “Best places to shop” by the Austin Business Journal and named the third-best place to shop in the world by ABC's "The View—make New Braunfels a go-to spot. Antique shops in downtown New Braunfels
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