So, you’re visiting New Braunfels...and you know it’s home to an epic waterpark and that it’s a German-founded town in Texas, but you don’t know much more than that. Well, you’re in the right place! I’m going to share some of the best things to do in New Braunfels, Texas with you!
New Braunfels is a city on Interstate 35, a major north/south highway that runs through the state of Texas. It’s located about 30 miles north of San Antonio, and you’ll pass through it every time you drive from San Antonio to Austin. And since I’m a writer for both The Austin Things and The San Antonio Things, I have driven through New Braunfels approximately 9 billion times (more or less.)
I’ve been to Schlitterbahn a bunch of times, attended the amazing Wurstfest, and just stopped by New Braunfels to see some of the fun restaurants, historic bakeries, and cool things to do in this city. I looooove me some New Braunfels! And I’m really excited to share them with you.
How old is New Braunfels?
It was established in 1845 by Prince Carl of Germany. (His official title was Commissioner General of the Nobleman’s Society, but Prince Carl is easier to say.) He named this Texas city after his hometown of Solms-Braunfels, Germany…hence, NEW Braunfels.
Is New Braunfels worth visiting?
Yes! I actually LOVE visiting New Braunfels! I’ve done overnight stays in nearby Gruene, and I’ve done plenty of day trips to New Braunfels to go tubing down the river.
But I would love to book an overnight stay or a weekend trip to New Braunfels. It would be a great city for a couples' getaway, a girlfriend's weekend, a family vacation, or just a solo trip to try something new!
There are tons of things to do in New Braunfels. Honestly, my “to-try” list just keeps getting longer and longer because there are a bunch of great restaurants, breweries, museums, parks, and outdoor activities in New Braunfels.
Here are some of my top picks for the best things to do in New Braunfels, Texas.
37 Cool Things To Do In New Braunfels, Texas
1. Visit Schlitterbahn
Ok, it’s an obvious first choice for things to do in New Braunfels…but I can’t start this guide any other way! My childhood was full of visits to this EPIC waterpark in Texas. I seriously remember so much anticipation before the weekend trip finally arrived, because it seriously is the World’s Best Waterpark. It’s a great thing to do in New Braunfels with a family, but you could also have fun here with a group of friends.
It has four distinct sections that include dozens and dozens of pools, lazy rivers, rides, waterslides, and other fun adventures. And did you know Schlitterbahn is a resort? Yep! They have 7 different options for accommodations including condos, a budget-friendly hotel, and a vacation rental with 5 rooms. There’s nothing like waking up AT the waterpark to get those kiddos excited!
One of my favorite parts of Schlitterbahn is the way they name the various parts of the waterpark. I mean… Blastenhof? Surfenburg? Come on! Tubenbach? They went with the German influences in New Braunfels and just ran with it. And the whole park has the same theme going with it, so it’s branded really well and just makes for a fun time.
Schlitterbahn has multiple places to eat, so you don’t have to worry about packing food or leaving the park to go get lunch. You can easily make a day out of it!
Both day passes and season passes are available, as well as group discounts, military discounts, and other options. Check out their website to see the most up-to-date prices.
2. Wurstfest in New Braunfels
Ok, I’m still being Captain Obvious here, but I seriously need to list this one next. Wurstfest is SO much fun, and this German fall festival is one of the top things to do in New Braunfels….but it only happens at a very specific time of year.
Wurstfest is New Braunfels’ version of Oktoberfest. It’s a 10-day festival that typically happens during the first week of November. New Braunfels even has its own designated fairground location for the festival! Wurstfest happens at the Wurstfest Grounds at Landa Gardens.
The entire city basically revolves around this festival! It brings in a HUGE amount of tourism money for the city, so it’s marketed well and a ton of people attend it.
What can you do at Wurstfest? Enjoy all the Bavarian-style entertainment! They have polka music, German beer, and (obviously) lots of sausages. There’s shopping, carnival games, live music, food, drinks, and good times.
People wear lederhosen and dirndles and seriously go all out with their German attire. It’s hilarious.
If you’re in New Braunfels during the first week of November, try to make it to Wurstfest! It’s always a good time. And they even offer free admission days - just check their website to stay up to date on all the FAQs.
3. Visit Landa Park
Landa Park really is the crown jewel of New Braunfels. It’s beautiful! It’s a 51-acre park with giant oak trees, walking trails, and a peaceful ambiance. This isn’t just any old random park that I’m listing to fill up space on a travel blog post….promise. This really is a remarkable place to visit and one of the top things to do in New Braunfels.
It was actually privately owned by the Landa family until 1927. But as railroads started coming down to New Braunfels, more and more folks discovered this oasis, which is all centered around the natural Comal Springs, and loved visiting it as a tourist destination.
As the park eventually landed in the city of New Braunfels’ ownership, multiple improvements have been made. Over the last 90 years, the city has added an Olympic-sized swimming pool, an 18-course golf course, and a miniature train. And there are lots of other things to do at Landa Park, too!
Go swimming at the Landa Park Aquatic Complex, which includes an Olympic-sized pool, a kiddie pool, and a natural swimming area.
Enjoy the 1.25-mile walking trail that meanders through the arboretum
Play 18 holes of golf at the Landa Park Public Golf Course
Rent a paddleboat and head out on Landa Lake
Ride the Landa Park miniature train for just $5 per person
Play a round of mini golf at the Landa Gardens mini golf course
Hike the Panther Canyon Trail, a 2.5-mile round-trip hiking trail
4. Float the Comal River
People go to New Braunfels with the sole intention to float the river…and do nothing else. So if you really want to know one of the most popular activities in New Braunfels, it’s floating the river.
And if you’re not from Texas and you don’t know what it means to float the river, here’s a brief for ya:
The Comal River is a spring-fed river in Texas. It’s constantly 70ish degrees. And in a state that gets HOT in the summer (we’re talking triple-digit temperatures for months on end), that cold water feels really good!
The river moves slowly, so folks will get a tube, bring a floating ice chest full of cold beverages, and…float.
What do you do while you float? You sit. You talk. You listen to music if you were smart enough to bring a waterproof speaker along. You take a nap. You drink.
It’s basically the equivalent of laying out on the beach…but central Texas style.
So anyway, floating the Comal River is one of the coolest things to do in New Braunfels. You can float the Comal or the Guadalupe in New Braunfels, but the Comal is spring-fed, so it stays the same temperature year-round. It’s also shorter. The river rides on the Comal are about 2-3 hours, and the Guadalupe offers longer river rides, up to about 6 hours.
5. Float the Guadalupe River
What’s the difference between floating the Comal and Guadalupe? If the Comal is the smaller, quieter river, the Guadalupe is the PARTY RIVER! Since it’s bigger, there are more people, it’s a bit louder, and the rides can last all day….and the longer you float, the more you drink, you know?
Floating the Guad is SO much fun! People who want to have a tame, quiet afternoon of a quick float will go down the Comal, but if you want to have a party, definitely float the Guadalupe.
Another fun part about floating the Guadalupe River is that you get more rapids…depending on the time of year. There are some really fast parts, which make for a very fun float. (But full disclosure: check the weather and the tubing companies before you go. In the late summer as the lake levels get low, they’ll sometimes close off the Canyon Creek dam that feeds into the Guadalupe, making the Guad really low. That means you have to get out of your tub and walk over slippery rocks. If that happens, I’d recommend tubing on the Comal instead, which is spring-fed and always has a nice flow.
Whether you choose to float the Comal or the Guadalupe, you’re going to have a great time floating the river in New Braunfels. Like I said, people literally plan entire trips around floating the river, so if this is your one activity in New Braunfels (maybe followed by visiting a brewery or grabbing dinner at a restaurant), you’re going to have a blast.
6. Eat German Food at Krause’s Cafe
Looking for a great place to dine in New Braunfels? Try Krause's Cafe, located in the heart of historic downtown New Braunfels.
This place is a must-visit destination for foodies and fans of classic German cuisine. The cafe has been a fixture of the community for over 80 years and has a rich history that adds to its charm and character.
The menu is quite robust. It offers an extensive selection of traditional German dishes, from breakfast to lunch and dinner menu.
Some of the best-sellers are Holzmacher Skillet, Bauern Schnitzel, Ribeye N Eggs, as well as Wild Game Sausage Sampler, and Kartoffel Poppers (which are perfect for lunch and dinner.)
Krause's beer garden is a popular spot to relax and enjoy a cold brew. They have a rotating selection of local and imported beers.
And of course, they're not just known for the quality of the food and drink they serve, but the atmosphere and sense of community it fosters. The friendly staff, lively music, entertainment, and festive decor all add to the overall dining experience, making it the perfect place to gather with friends and family.
Whether you're a local or a visitor, Krause's Cafe is the best place to indulge in delicious German food and drinks while soaking up New Braunfels vibrant culture and history.
7. Walk Through Downtown New Braunfels
Downtown New Braunfels, Texas, is the charming little historic district in the center of town. It's best explored on foot (because it's very small...just a few streets.)
The area is home to a so many adorable shops, restaurants, and entertainment options, making it an ideal destination for locals and visitors alike.
Walking down the main street, visitors can admire the well-preserved historic buildings that are now some of the known retail stores, restaurants, hotels, and commercial businesses.
So, whether you're looking for a unique shopping experience, delicious dining options, or a glimpse into the town's rich history, Downtown New Braunfels has something for everyone.
8. McKenna Children’s Museum
McKenna Children’s Museum is one of the top choices for a kid-friendly thing to do in New Braunfels. It's a sweet little learning space that has interactive exhibits including art, water, climbing, space, science, technology, and more. It's really beautifully designed so that kids of all ages can have fun and learn.
Admission is fairly inexpensive and you can easily fill half a day letting your little one run around and explore!
9. Take Pictures At Faust Street Bridge
Visiting Faust Street Bridge won’t take very long during your trip to New Braunfels, but it’s a cool spot to visit! It’s a historic bridge that was built in 1887. (Don’t worry - it’s sturdy!)
The bridge has a few parking spaces on the south side. You can stop by, take a few photos, or even rent it for a 2-hour private event.
10. Visit Dry Comal Creek Vineyards
Calling all wine lovers! If you're in New Braunfels and you're looking for the perfect place to relax, unwind, and enjoy a delicious glass of wine while taking in the beautiful Texas countryside, you must visit Dry Comal Creek Vineyards, located in New Braunfels. It's about a 15 minute drive from the center of town.
They offer a lovely wine-tasting experience. The vineyards are situated on 103 acres of beautiful Hill Country land, featuring breathtaking views of the rolling hills and expansive vineyards.
Visitors can enjoy samples of some award-winning wines. The winery also offers tours of their production facilities, giving visitors a behind-the-scenes look at the winemaking process.
Oh, and Dry Comal Creek often hosts special events like live music, wine tastings, and food pairings, making it a fun and festive destination for 21+ visitors to New Braunfels.
11. Naeglin’s Bakery
Naeglin's Bakery is a historic and oldest bakery that has been serving up delicious pastries and bread in New Braunfels since 1868!!
The bakery's charming storefront and cozy atmosphere are a testament to its rich history, and visitors can indulge in a variety of freshly baked goods, including bread, pastries, cakes, and pies.
One of the bakery's signature items is the famous "strudel," a delicate and flaky pastry filled with sweet or savory ingredients like apple, cherry, and peach.
Worth note: Naeglin's also offers a range of gluten-free and vegan options, ensuring that everyone can enjoy their delicious treats.
One of the best things about Naeglin's Bakery is the personal touch and friendly service provided by the staff, who are happy to make recommendations and answer any questions visitors may have. If you want to taste history and tradition in every delicious bite, Naeglin's Bakery is the best bakery shop for you!
12. Stars and Stripes Drive-In Theater
The Stars and Stripes Drive-In Theater is the cutest little destination for a date night idea in New Braunfels. It's offers that nostalgic movie-watching experience that you can't find very often.
Visitors can enjoy the latest blockbuster movies from the comfort of their car, with a giant outdoor screen and high-quality sound system providing an immersive viewing experience.
And don't worry about bringing your own snacks - the theater sells a range of delicious snacks and beverages, including classic movie theater goodies like popcorn and soda, as well as burgers, hot dogs, and nachos.
One of the best things about the Stars and Stripes Drive-In Theater is the fun and festive atmosphere, with special events and themed movie nights held throughout the year.
Visitors can also bring their furry friends along, with the theater offering a designated dog-friendly section.
The Stars and Stripes Drive-In Theater is a must-visit destination for every cinema lover. It provides that fun and unique movie-watching experience that's perfect for families, couples, and friends.
13. Texas Ski Ranch
If you are an outdoor activity enthusiast or adrenaline junkies, then visiting the Texas Ski Ranch is a great thing to do in New Braunfels! Add it to your list.
It's a premier action sports complex featuring a 70-acre lake that's perfect for wakeboarding and water skiing. They also have a skate park, trampoline park, and rock climbing wall.
Visitors can also rent equipment or take lessons from experienced instructors to improve their skills or try something new. (So if you're new to all of this, just book that lesson.)
The ranch also offers a few dining options, like a cafe and a bar, making it a great place to drink and relax after a day of a thrilling adventure.
It's a family-friendly spot, so most activities and amenities can cater to all ages and skill levels.
They also host various special events throughout the year, like live music concerts and festivals, which all add to their fun and festive vibe.
So be sure to check their event calendars to stay updated! Visit Texas Ski Ranch for a unique and exciting outdoor experience perfect for thrill-seekers and adventure lovers!
14. New Braunfels Brewing Co
If you're a beer enthusiast, the New Braunfels Brewing Co is a must-visit spot to enjoy delicious, handcrafted brews in a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere. New Braunfels Brewing Co is a small-batch craft brewery that specializes in unique and flavorful beers. The brewery's taproom provides the perfect atmosphere for visitors to enjoy a cold beer while socializing with friends or playing board games.
You will also love the outdoor beer garden of New Braunfels Brewing Co, a very perfect place to relax and enjoy a selection of beers ranging from light and refreshing to rich and complex.
They also host several events throughout the year, such as live music performances and food trucks, making it a popular spot for locals and tourists alike.
15. New Braunfels Farmers Market
Buy some locally grown vegetables, fruits, flowers, baked goods, pasture-raised meats, and other local goods in the New Braunfels Farmers Market! It's open every Saturday morning from 9 am - 1 pm.
Located in the heart of downtown New Braunfels, this farmers market is a popular spot for locals and visitors alike who love buying locally.
With over 60 vendors, the market offers a wide variety of goods including fruit, vegetables, meats, baked goods, and artisanal products.
All the products sold at the market are produced by local farmers, ranchers, and artisans. So you know that if you shop here you'll be getting the highest quality products.
Aside from offering local food and goods, the market also has some fun events like live music, educational booths, and cooking demonstrations.
Whether you're looking for ingredients for a special meal or simply want to soak up the local culture, the New Braunfels Farmers Market is the perfect destination for you. Spend your weekend morning here!
16. Guadalupe Brewing Co
This is legit the best place to go for beer + pizza in New Braunfels. It is a must-visit spot for beer enthusiasts as they offer a wide variety of craft beers in various styles. You'll definitely want to get a flight and try a few samples.
The outdoor patio is my favorite spot to enjoy a cold pint while taking in the beautiful Texas scenery.
And whatever you do, DEFINITELY order one of those Detroit-style pizza. Folks come form all over just for the pizza...even if they're not beer drinkers!
17. Cypress Bend Park
Calling all nature lovers out there! Cypress Bend Park is a 20-acre park located in the heart of New Braunfels. It has stunning scenery that reveals the natural beauty of nature, perfect for relaxation.
It also offers an abundance of outdoor activities and exciting things to do for visitors of all ages.
One of the most popular activities in the park is tubing down the Guadalupe River. With crystal-clear water and beautiful views of the surrounding countryside, tubing is an ideal way to relax and enjoy the great outdoors.
Also, the park has several picnic tables and areas with BBQ & horseshoe pits and pavilions that are perfect for family picnics, parties, and group events.
The park also features a safe playground area for your little ones, and walking trails for those who enjoy a peaceful walk or biking around the area.
So, whether you're looking for a place to relax, have a picnic, engage in some outdoor activities, or even a place for a family shoot, a visit to Cypress Bend Park is definitely one of the top things to do in New Braunfels.
18. Drive to nearby Gruene and go to Gruene Hall
Located in the the charming and historic town of Gruene, this iconic dance hall is a destination for music lovers and history buffs alike.
As the oldest continually running dance hall in Texas, Gruene Hall has seen its fair share of legendary performers over the years, including Willie Nelson, George Strait, and Lyle Lovett.
Be sure to book a ticket in advance, because they often sell out. Visitors can catch live music most nights of the week.
And the honky tonk atmosphere is unbeatable, designed with vintage decor and rustic charm that are going to transport you back to the good old times.
Of course, if you're catching a show at Gruene Hall, you need to get to Gruene a little early to walk around. It's a quaint town full of unique shops and restaurants, making it the perfect day trip destination. Here are a few of the best things to do in Gruene, TX.
19. Eat at Huisache
When you start to ask New Braunfels locals about the best place to eat in town, you'll start to hear the name "Huisache." And for good reason! It's an amazing grill and wine bar in New Braunfels. that's perfect for a lunch or dinner.
The restaurant offers creative contemporary cuisine with fresh regional ingredients, featuring a wide variety of dishes, like grilled meats and seafood, salads, sandwiches, bites, and more.
They also offer an extensive selection of wines, beers, and cocktails to complement your meal. The restaurant prides itself on using locally sourced and sustainable ingredients, making it a great choice for those who want to support the local community and eat fresh, healthy food. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, with a rustic yet refined decor that will make you feel right at home.
20. Brauntex Performing Arts Center
Another must-visit destination in Braunfels, TX for anyone who appreciates the arts is the Brauntex Performing Arts Center. This historic theater has been entertaining audiences since 1942 and features a variety of performances, including plays, musicals, concerts, and dance shows.
The venue boasts state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems, ensuring that every performance is a memorable experience.
The theater's interior is also beautifully decorated and features a vintage ambiance that will definitely take you back to a time when going to the theater was a grand event.
If you have school-aged kids, The Brauntex also offers a variety of educational programs and events. It's a great spot for families! If it works into your schedule, seeing a show at The Brauntex is one of the best things to do in New Braunfels.
21. Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture
It's less of a museum and more of a village of historic homes! This place is very cool...so if you typically run at the word "museum," just give this one a try.
The museum is home to an impressive collection of handmade furniture from the mid-19th century to the early 20th century, all crafted by Texas artisans. Visitors can admire the intricate craftsmanship from New Braunfels' own historic German immigrant community and the design of each piece, which reflects the unique culture and style of Texas during the old period.
The museum also provides an educational experience, allowing visitors to learn about the techniques and tools used in furniture making during the era.
In addition to the collection, the museum offers workshops and demonstrations on traditional furniture-making techniques, so you get a hands-on experience and an opportunity to try your hand at creating your own pieces of furniture.
Whether you're a history buff, an art lover, or simply looking for a unique and educational experience, the Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture is a top thing to do in New Braunfels.
22. Eat at Gristmill River Restaurant and Bar
Located in nearby Gruene, Gristmill River Restaurant and Bar is one of the most unique dining spots near New Braunfels.
Located in a historic cotton gin building, the restaurant offers a unique dining experience with a beautiful view of the Guadalupe River. The restaurant's atmosphere is rustic and cozy, with wooden interiors and a spacious outdoor patio. Its multi-level dining patio makes it feel like you're in a treehouse!
The menu has a variety of dishes that highlight Texas flavors, like chicken-fried steak, ribs, and beef. But no matter what you order, you MUST get the onion rings. They're the best in Texas.
In addition to all the delicious Texas food, Gristmill has an extensive drink menu, including specialty cocktails, margaritas, and a wide selection of beer and wine.
Whether you are looking for a casual lunch or a romantic dinner date spot near New Braunfels, Gristmill River Restaurant and Bar is a great choice.
The combo of great food, stunning views, and a cozy atmosphere makes it one of the best dining destinations in New Braunfels.
23. The Sophienburg Museum
Another great museum in New Braunfels for anyone interested in the history and culture of the region is the Sophienburg Museum. The museum's exhibits provide a fascinating glimpse into the life of early German settlers who founded the town in the mid-19th century.
The museum's collections include artifacts and photographs that showcase the town's German heritage, as well as exhibits rich in local artifacts, photographic images, maps, and documents.
Visitors can also learn about the history and cultural heritage of New Braunfels and Comal County Courthouse and the devastating flood of 1972, which significantly impacted the town.
In addition to the exhibits, the museum also offers guided tours of the historic Sophienburg House, which dates back to 1858.
This beautifully restored building is a wonderful example of traditional German architecture and provides a unique glimpse into life in the early days of New Braunfels.
You can also visit Sophie's shop and Carl's Stein Hause during the 10 days of Wurstfest and shop for authentic handmade German imports.
24. Animal World And Snake Farm Zoo
Calling all animal lovers out there! There is a great zoo in New Braunfels called Animal World and Snake Farm Zoo. The zoo's history dates back to the 1920s when it was founded as a snake farm (and was literally just called "Snake Farm"), and it has since evolved into a full-fledged zoo.
It's a great place to spend a day exploring and learning about animals from around the world.
With over 500 animals, including exotic snakes, crocodiles, and big cats, visitors can experience a unique and thrilling adventure inside the premise.
The zoo also features a petting zoo and a playground area for kids.
The animal exhibits are pretty well-maintained and spacious.
The zoo's mission is to provide a safe and educational environment for the animals and visitors, which is always appreciated.
Aside from that, they also offer interactive shows, field trips, and a rental service for birthday parties.
25. Downtown Antique Mall
The Downtown Antique Mall is a perfect place for antique lovers. The mall features multiple unique vendors, each with its own collection of antiques and vintage items. From furniture to clothing, jewelry to home decor, the Downtown Antique Mall has it all.
It's the perfect place to browse for that one-of-a-kind piece to add to your collection or to find a unique gift for a loved one who really loves antique items.
The mall is located in the heart of downtown New Braunfels, surrounded by charming shops, restaurants, and cafes, making it also a perfect destination for a day out.
With its wide variety of antique treasures, friendly staff, and reasonable prices, the Downtown Antique Mall is a must-visit for anyone looking to experience the history and charm of New Braunfels.
26. Spass Walking Tours
I think this is a great option for anyone who's planning a full weekend trip and wants some things to do in New Braunfels in the afternoon. Spass Walking Tours in New Braunfels is an great choice for anyone looking to learn more about the history and culture of the city.
The tours are conducted by knowledgeable and experienced guides who will take you on a fascinating journey through the city's past and present. The tours are not only informative but also entertaining, making them a great activity for families, friends, or solo travelers.
You'll have the chance to see lots of the city's most famous landmarks and attractions, including the Sophienburg Museum, the Gruene Historic District, and the Comal River.
Worth note: the tour covers a lot of ground, so wear comfortable shoes and bring plenty of water. Spass Walking Tours is an immersive and engaging experience that will definitely leave you with a deeper appreciation and understanding of New Braunfels.
27. New Braunfels Fire Museum
The New Braunfels Fire Museum is another must-visit destination for history lovers and anyone interested in firefighting history. The museum is dedicated to preserving the rich history of firefighting in New Braunfels and the surrounding area. Visitors can learn about the evolution of firefighting equipment and techniques through exhibits featuring vintage firefighting equipment, photos, and memorabilia.
One note: the museum isn't typically just "open" to the public. You'll have to go next door to the fire station and knock on the door and ask them to open it for you.
The museum also showcases the history of the New Braunfels Fire Department. The highlight of the museum is its impressive collection of antique fire engines.
Visitors can also explore the museum's interactive displays and learn about fire safety and prevention.
A visit to the New Braunfels Fire Museum is a fascinating and educational experience for the whole family and a unique way to learn about the brave men and women who have dedicated their lives to keeping our communities safe.
28. Bring The Kids to Fischer Park
Fischer Park is the largest park in New Braunfels at 62 acres! It's a fantastic place to bring your kids.
The park features a playground with areas for both younger and older children, including swings, slides, and climbing structures. There are also several sports fields, including soccer fields, baseball diamonds, and a basketball court.
But what sets Fischer Park apart is the natural play area, where kids can explore the natural surroundings and play in the grass and on the water features. There's even a splash pad to cool off on hot summer days.
Additionally, the park has several walking trails that weave through the trees and offer great views of the park's ponds and streams where people can also catch fish. If you're looking for things to do in New Braunfels with kids, Fischer Park is a great place to spend a day with the family, enjoy nature, and get into different activities for discovery and exploration.
29. Natural Bridge Caverns
Folks come from all over to see this one, so if you're in New Braunfels, definitely take advantage of it and book a ticket!
If you're a nature enthusiast and adventure seeker, then you must include Natural Bridge Caverns on your bucket list.
This vast underground network of limestone caves is one of the largest in Texas and features a range of awe-inspiring formations, including stalactites, stalagmites, flowstones, and more.
Visitors can take a guided tour through the caverns to explore the various chambers and formations. They have different types of tours such as Discovery Tour, Hidden Wonders Tour, Cavern Combo Tour, Adventure Tours, and Bracken Bat Flight Packages, you can also book Private VIP Tours and Experiences if you want it to be just you and your family or friends.
Some of the activities you can try are panning for gemstones, tackling the Canopy Challenge Adventure Course, and soaring high above the Texas Hill Country on the thrilling Zip Lines.
Whether you are a geology enthusiast, a nature lover, or just looking for a fun and thrilling adventure, Natural Bridge Caverns will definitely give you an unforgettable experience that you don't want to miss.
30. Winery On The Gruene
Winery On The Gruene is one of the award-winning boutique wineries located in the heart of Gruene, Texas. It offers an unforgettable experience for wine lovers.
The winery boasts a beautiful garden where visitors can sample a wide range of wines, including red, white, and rosé. The winery also has a tasting room where visitors can indulge in over 30 different wine flights and get a chance to purchase their favorite wines.
One of the best things about Winery On The Gruene is its breathtaking scenery and tranquil atmosphere, which is perfect for relaxing and enjoying a glass of wine with family or friends. Guests can sip their wine while taking in the beautiful views of the garden and vineyards. Whether you're a wine enthusiast or a casual visitor looking to unwind, a visit to Winery On The Gruene is definitely worth it.
31. New Braunfels Railroad Museum
Do you have any little ones who are obsessed with trains? If so, the New Braunfels Railroad Museum is the perfect place for them!
Located in the heart of downtown New Braunfels, the museum is a non-profit organization. They focus on preserving railroad artifacts and showcasing the rich railroad history of New Braunfels. This city had a major role in the expansion of the railroad industry in Texas.
The museum is open to the public for free! Visitors can explore the museum's collection of vintage locomotives, railcars, photographs, and artifacts, as well as learn about the impact of the railroad on the growth of the city.
Right next to the museum is the North/South Union Pacific railroad tracks with over 30 trains passing by each day. (Kids love it.)
The museum also hosts a variety of special events and activities throughout the year, including model train displays and train rides for kids. This is definitely a very fun thing to do in New Braunfels for little ones.
32. Millstreet Art Gallery
Another art gallery that will delight every art lover and collector in New Braunfels is the Millstreet Art Gallery. This art gallery has a one-of-a-kind collection of original artwork from renowned local and international artists.
Visitors are not only allowed to admire the exhibits but can also purchase some paintings, sculptures, and other unique artworks that reflect the cultural diversity of Texas and beyond.
The gallery's relaxed and inviting ambiance creates the perfect atmosphere for browsing, and shopping the art and mindfully enjoying the experience.
If you're a seasoned art collector or just starting to explore art, Millstreet Art Gallery is going to be a fun place for you to visit in New Braunfels. Who knows...maybe you'll discover your next favorite piece of art!
33. Get a sandwich at Cravings
Cravings is a local favorite in New Braunfels. What started as a little food booth started by two former teachers (turned full-time moms) who met in Landa Park has grown into one of New Braunfel's best restaurants for delicious breakfast, freshly made sandwiches and wraps, and scratch-made pastries.
Everything here is made from scratch, including all the delicious cakes, cookies , and pies you see in the pastry case when you walk in.
The breakfast menu is full of delicious breakfast sandwiches, omelettes, and quiches. For lunch, you can get get sandwiches, wraps, soups, and salads. Again: it's all made fresh right there in the restaurant, so it really tastes like you're eating a homemade meal in your own kitchen.
34. Prince Solms Park
If you want an inexpensive place to float the river in New Braunfels AND you already have your own tube, head to Prince Solms park! There's a tube chute you can use that just cost a couple of dollars, and the park has some public parking spaces where you can pay an hourly rate while you float.
35. Circle Arts Theatre
The Circle Arts Theatre in New Braunfels is another destination space for theater enthusiasts. They've been entertaining audiences for over 55 years and this place has become a cultural landmark in the community.
The theater puts on several productions each year, ranging from classic plays to contemporary shows. The productions are performed by a talented cast of local New Braunfels actors and actresses who always deliver top-notch performances that captivate audiences of diverse ages and interests.
What makes the Circle Arts Theatre unique is its commitment to fostering community involvement in theater. It offers opportunities for volunteers of all ages to get involved, whether it's through acting, directing, or working behind the scenes. Plus, the theater offers youth programs and some auditions and workshops for aspiring actors to hone their craft.
Visiting the Circle Arts Theatre is not just about watching a play but rather experiencing the vibrant local theater community in New Braunfels. With the theater's intimate setting and professional performances, it will definitely create an immersive experience that is sure to leave a lasting impression.
36. Go Boating at Canyon Lake
While it's just a bit of a drive from New Braunfels, boating on Canyon Lake is a fantastic thing to do if you have the time! Canyon Lake is a must-visit destination for anyone looking for one of the best boating experiences in Texas.
Canyon Lake is actually a reservoir on the Guadalupe River located in the Texas Hill Country. It's a very popular destination for boating enthusiasts. With over 8,000 acres of clear blue waters, the lake offers visitors a perfect opportunity to enjoy water sports and boating activities.
The lake is surrounded by stunning cliffs and rocky shores. It's quite the scenic backdrop!
One of the best parts about Canyon Lake is that it has several boat ramps, so it's fairly convenient for visitors to either rent or bring their own boats.
Whether it's kayaking, jet skiing, wakeboarding, or just fishing and hanging out with friends, there's something for everyone at Canyon Lake. It is also an excellent place to relax and unwind, soaking up the sun while taking in the picturesque views and swimming near the shore.
37. Enjoy Burgers + Beer At Freiheit Country Store
Freiheit Country Store has been around since 1889. It's a go-to spot for locals who want burgers, beer, fries, and a good ol' time.
There's an open-air indoor portion with a stage, as well as lots of outdoor seating (and a playground for the kids).
Burgers are cooked over an open-flame grill, charred to perfection. The beer is always ice-cold, and the weekend crowd is always there for a good time.
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