German and Texas Cultures Blend in New Braunfels
German street names, summer biergartens and annual festivals like Wurstfest
combine the character of New Braunfels’s German namesake with the charm and beauty of Texas Hill Country. Stay at the Country Inn & Suites to enjoy the Old World heritage of the Historic District of Gruene, which features the ruins of the original gristmill and live music at the Gruene Hall. Those in search of more modern fun can check out Schlitterbahn Waterpark, spelunk in the Natural Bridge Caverns, test the waters at Canyon Lake or see the Guadalupe and Comal rivers. New Braunfels is also an easy drive from Austin, located 40 miles north, and San Antonio, just 25 miles south. Houston is a three-hour drive to the east, providing guests with plenty of places to go and things to do.
- Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo (7 miles)
In addition to venomous and non-venomous snakes, Animal World features lemurs, crocodiles, wolves and zebras.
Phone: +1 (830) 608-9270
- Canyon Lake (23 miles)
Rent a boat and tour the lake or find the perfect fishing spot. You’ll also see swimmers, parasailers and scuba divers at this popular water attraction.
- Dry Comal Creek Vineyards (14.5 miles)
The family owners of this vineyard in Texas Hill Country are recognized statewide as pioneers of Black Spanish winemaking.
Phone: +1 (830) 885-4076
- Landa Park (3.5 miles)
At Landa Park, you can rent paddleboats, play mini golf and ride a little locomotive.
Phone: (830) 221-4350
- Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch (18.5 miles)
Lemur Island and the giraffe barn are just some of the many fascinating stops you’ll find at this educational and entertaining animal sanctuary.
Phone: +1 (830) 438-7400
- Schlitterbahn Waterpark (3.5 miles)
From shallow lagoons to high-speed waterslides, this water park offers every level of thrill.
Phone: +1 (830) 625-2351
- SeaWorld San Antonio (45 miles)
Take an unforgettable day trip to San Antonio’s SeaWorld, where you can experience wild rides, attend impressive shows and see enthralling animals up close.
Phone: +1 (800) 700-7786
- Gruene Historic District (3 miles)
In this old-town neighborhood, you can see concerts at Gruene Hall, shop at specialty stores, dance at country bars and dine at local restaurants.
- New Braunfels Square (3 miles)
The city’s central plaza is the destination for local events, and downtown’s many restaurants and shops make it a popular place to hang out.
- Tanger Outlets San Marcos (11.5 miles)
Browse outlet stores like Calvin Klein, LOFT and Torrid to dress yourself from head to toe.
Phone: +1 (512) 396-7446
- The Bandit Golf Club (8 miles)
Bring your game to The Bandit. While scenery like Long Creek and Lake McQueeney add great views to the course, they also create additional challenges along the way.
Phone: +1 (830) 609-4665
- Texas Ski Ranch (6.5 miles)
Weather doesn’t limit the Texas Ski Ranch. This 70-acre action sports complex offers trampolines, a paintball course and a skate park in addition to its snowy slopes.
Phone: +1 (830) 627-2843
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