Wurstfest is best: Expedia says NB's festival is top thing to do in Texas
“When it comes to destination travel, New Braunfels’ Wurstfest is one of the best in the U.S.,” said the Herald-Zeitung. “That’s according to the travel site Expedia.com. The site listed one fantastic reason to visit each state. And, yep, you guessed it, when it comes to visiting Texas, the best thing to do is come in November and head on over to New Braunfels’ 10-day salute to sausage, which is Wurstfest.
Wurstfest is just one of many great things to do in the Hill Country.
Schlitterbahn Waterpark New Braunfels is continually voted the top water park in the country, and it’s a favorite spot of both locals and visitors for its variety of thrill rides, cooling waters, and ample opportunities for family togetherness.
People come from all over Texas to go tubing in the Hill Country, at popular spots like the Guadalupe River and the Comal River. Too cold to tube? The rivers are a great place to enjoy a picnic with a view, or to catch the sunset from your car if it’s too chilly.
Spending the day in Gruene
One of the most charming spots in all of Texas, this favorite Hill Country town is filled with fun things to do, like having a meal at The Gristmill, named one of America's Most Popular Family-Friendly Restaurants by Urbanspoon, or browsing the Gruene General Store (don’t leave without a piece of homemade fudge!). On the third weekend of the month, head to Gruene Market Days for great shopping.
Searching for bluebonnets
With the first signs of spring, people from all over Texas and the country start the countdown for the first sight of bluebonnets, and the Hill country is one of the state’s best places to see them. While each year is a little different, there are some places you can count to see the favorite flower.
From Canyon Lake to the Llano River, you’ll find some of the top fishing spots in Texas right here in the Hill Country. Head to the Guadalupe for great fly-fishing, Canyon Lake for Rio Grande perch and Guadalupe bass, and Lake Buchanan for largemouth bass, catfish, white bass, and striped bass.
Listening to live music
The Hill Country is teeming with great live music spots, from Gruene Hall, the oldest continually run dance hall in Texas, to Cheatham Street Warehouse, where George Strait got his start, to Whitewater Amphitheater, New Braunfels’ large act venue overlooking the Guadalupe.
Attending the many annual festivals
There’s never a dull moment in the Hill Country, especially with so many Texas festivals all year long. Wurstfest is just the beginning! Other favorite Hill Country events include Wein & Saengerfest, the Comal country Fair, and Gruene Music & Wine Festival.
Take a hike
Best places to hike in the Hill Country include Fredericksburg’s Enchanted Rock, Garner State Park in Concan, Cibolo Nature Center, Lost Maples State Natural Area, and Prospect Park & Purgatory Creek Greenspace in San Marcos.
Texas Hill Country wineries are right up there with some of the most famed wine countries in the world, according to experts like Wine Enthusiast, USA Today, Huffington Post, and some of the most prestigious awards ceremonies on the planet. Pedernales Cellars, Becker Vineyards, Flat Creek Estate, Driftwood Estate, and Dry Comal Creek are just a sampling of the renowned wineries in the Hill Country worth savoring.
Building your dream home
Does building a home in the Hill Country belong on a list of best things to do in the area? It does for everyone who’s done it, is about to, or is thinking about it. Land sales in Texas are hotter than ever and are driving the real estate market, especially in fast-growing cities like New Braunfels and favorite masterplanned communities like Vintage Oaks.
For more information, visit Vintage Oaks, the fastest-growing community in the Hill country for three years, with Hill Country land for sale as well as semi-custom and custom homes and an array of resort-style amenities.
You can also click below to see brand-new homes for sale at Vintage Oaks.