New Braunfels (pronounced New Braun-Fuls) is located between San Antonio and Austin. From San Antonio, it’s about a 45-minute drive of 34 miles.
On the other end, Austin is an hour away with 50 miles in between. The city is also near top Texas destinations like Canyon Lake and San Marcos.
In this article, we’re giving you 15 top things you shouldn’t miss in New Braunfels, Texas.
Schlitterbahn Waterpark, one of the largest water parks in the country, covers a vast 65 acres on the banks of the Comal River.
The majority of the water that the park utilizes comes from this river. The name means “slippery road” in German, quite fitting for the waterpark.
It’s one of the best Texas has to offer when it comes to water parks. It includes features like kid’s water playgrounds, many waterslides, heated pools for the winter, and a lazy river.
It’s going to be a whole day event full of family fun!
Downtown New Braunfels
New Braunfels still has that small-town vibe down in its core. Its community is welcoming, and the local businesses are still thriving.
There is also so much history here that’s been lovingly preserved and cared for over the years.
Take a stroll downtown for some charming boutiques and shops — locally owned, of course. There are some gems here, like the Downtown Antique Mall.
You can also stop by the Farmer’s Market or try one of the restaurants here, like the oldest bakery in Texas, Naegelin’s Bakery.
You can’t leave the city without visiting at least one river in town. Two rivers run through the city, the Comal River and the Guadalupe River.
The Comal River is the more mellow of the two. The Guadalupe River is often associated with much more energy, alcohol and music regularly joining the floats.
Floating down the Comal River may take about two to three hours, depending on many factors. It follows the city and winds around the Schlitterbahn.
If you love great live music in a historic and quaint venue, you have to check out Gruene Hall.
Gruene Hall is by the outskirts of New Braunfels, but it’s a Texas landmark, so it’s not something to be missed. This place is where many great country stars started their journey. Many stars still take the stage until today.
The hall also offers beers, music, and a good time. What more can you ask for?
The Texas Hill Country loves a good beer, and there are several microbreweries in New Braunfels alone.
There is also a Hill Country Craft Beer Trail that the city offers if you might be interested.
We chose some of the best ones to try during your stay.
OffRhodes Craft Beer
If you love beer, this is definitely a must-stop if you want to grab some high-quality ales, stouts, or IPA’s to take back to your hotel or wherever you might be staying.
OffRhodes Craft Beer small property in the middle of a strip mall outlet, but they make great use of their limited space.
They have a small area with tables and chairs to try out your beers and then one entire wall of beer selections which are only sold individually.
So you can easily put together a sixer of rare and otherwise hard-to-find beers. It’s a little more expensive this way, but the selection is incredible, and you can put together a hall of fame six-pack!