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Top 10 things to do in New Braunfels

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New to New Braunfels and looking for some great things to do on a date or family outing? You’ll never lack for something fun, interesting, educational, or romantic to see and experience in this great city.

Go wine tasting

There are 52 unique wineries that are part of the Texas Wine Trail throughout the Hill Country and New Braunfels. If you haven’t yet experienced “one of the fastest growing wine-producing regions in the country (that) some believe the area is on track to become the next Napa Valley,” said Southern Living, you’re in for a treat. Award-winning wines throughout the region include Tempranillo, Viognier, Merlot, Malbec, Sangiovese, and Black Spanish, available right across the street from Vintage Oaks at favorite Hill Country winery Dry Comal Creek Vineyards.

Natural Bridge Wildlife Park

Drive through the park to feed exotic animals including kangaroos, ostriches, and zebras. Tip: The earlier you get there, the better your chance of the animals approaching you to eat.

Gruene Hall

Between the famed Gospel Brunch and some of the best live music around, a trip (or a dozen trips!) to Gruene Hall is a must-do for those who are just moving to New Braunfels or who have lived here for a lifetime. This historic dance hall is famous all around the world and is also a great source of pride for locals.

Discover downtown

New Braunfels’ historic downtown square is home to some popular events, like the Dia de los Muertos Festival and Wassailfest. But it’s also a great place to go any day of the year, with tree-lined streets, quaint antique shops, popular restaurants, and the downtown gazebo—a must for pictures. 

Go Tubing

People come here from all over the world to go tubing on the river, which can make local residents less excited about being part of the crowd. But, if you know where to go, you can still take advantage of this New Braunfels tradition. The Guadalupe is a little more rough and tumble, so bring your sense of adventure. If you’re not looking for peaceful experience, hit the Comal, offering a smoother ride for families.

Play at Schlitterbahn

This New Braunfels hotspot stays open until September 17, giving you plenty of time to enjoy this world-class water park before they close for the season.

Explore the underground

Did you know there are caves running through parts of New Braunfels? At Natural Bridge Caverns, next door to the Wildlife Ranch, “you’ll see massive, otherworldly formations formed by single drops of water and the slow passage of time. Or, explore our Hidden Passages Tour, where shadows dance over delicate formations and mystery await in every shadow,” they said. Here, you can also take the Canopy Challenge zip line or try the AMAZEn’ Ranch Roundup, a 5,000-square-foot outdoor maze.

Another opportunity to go caving in New Braunfels is at Wonder World Park, which is known as the show cave in Texas. You can tour the Balcones Fault Line Cave as well as its other family-friendly attractions, including a 110-foot observation tower, an anti-gravity house, a train ride, and a petting park.

Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo

If watching a carnivore feed or having a crocodile encounter isn’t your thing, perhaps mining for gemstones at Two Rivers Mining Co is.

McKenna Children’s Museum

New Braunfels’ own children’s museum is a favorite spot for families looking to explore all the different exhibits, from the Grocery Store to Destination Space.

Take a hike

The Hill Country is filled with beautiful place to explore on foot, and some of the best are right here at Vintage Oaks. The community’s miles of trails offers serene spaces to test your fitness while enjoying some of the best views around. 

For more information about living in New Braunfels in Vintage Oaks, the fastest-growing community in the San Antonio area for the past four years, visit the website. Vintage Oaks is a 3,300-acre masterplanned community in the Hill Country that offers acreage homesites in New Braunfels ranging from 1 to 14 acres in gated and non-gated neighborhoods as well as custom and semi-custom homes. You can also request a copy of the new interactive map for Vintage Oaks' new neighborhood, The Grove, below.