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12 Best Things to Do in New Braunfels, Texas

New Braunfels is a Central Texas town that is perfect for travelers of all ages. Enjoy a float down the two spring-fed rivers here or experience adventure in an underground cave. Attend a honky-tonk, drink a locally brewed beer or spend your whole day at the town’s massive water park. New Braunfels is a top Texas Hill Country destination to explore, no matter if you’re visiting for a family vacation, a honeymoon or a bachelor party. Experience the beauty and culture of this Texas town through these best things to do in New Braunfels.

Schlitterbahn Waterpark Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark
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Schlitterbahn Waterpark

Schlitterbahn Waterpark offers one of the best ways to cool off in Texas. Located in New Braunfels along the Comal River, this massive water park is a popular attraction for those visiting this Central Texas town. Spanning more than 70 acres, Schlitterbahn features thrilling water slides, water play areas for kids, and even great spots to relax or have a picnic. You can also practice your surfing skills at the world’s first-ever surfing machine. Schlitterbahn even is home to a resort, so finding accommodations near the park is a breeze.

McKenna Children's Museum McKenna Children's Museum, New Braunfels
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McKenna Children's Museum

Little ones will learn a lot about science and technology at McKenna Children’s Museum. Targeted for children under the age of 8, this museum features hands-on exhibits, engaging art projects and interactive play areas. Kids will learn about healthy eating, gardening, space, art and more at this New Braunfels children’s museum.

Canyon Lake Canyon Lake, Texas
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Canyon Lake

Texans love spending hot summer days out on a lake. Therefore act like a true Texan by exploring Canyon Lake, one of the deepest lakes in the state. Just 14 miles outside of New Braunfels, this lake is the perfect spot to go tubing, boating, wakeboarding, fishing or swimming. There is plenty of camping and picnicking spots found around Canyon Lake too.

Landa Park Landa Park, New Braunfels
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Landa Park

This 51-acre park is an urban getaway perfect for a picnic or a nice stroll. Found along the Comal River, Landa Park is home to a swimming pool, a miniature train, a mini-golf course, tennis courts and walking trails. Enjoy the shade of the massive oak trees or explore the lake via a paddle boat.

Float the Guadalupe or Comal River Comal River
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Float the Guadalupe or Comal River

River tubing is a popular outdoor activity among those living in Central Texas. New Braunfels also just so happens to have two spring-fed rivers flowing through the city, the Comal River and the Guadalupe River. These two rivers draw many people to New Braunfels for a cool and relaxing float during the summer months. The Comal River is a fun and short float that begins in Landa Park. For a longer float with some fun-filled rapids, take your tube out on the Guadalupe River. Since both rivers are spring-fed, expect the water to be around 68 to 72 degrees year-round.

New Braunfels Farmers Market New Braunfels Farmers Market
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New Braunfels Farmers Market

If you’re looking for something to do on a Saturday morning in New Braunfels, head to the New Braunfels Farmers Market. This market boasts over 75 vendors, selling handmade goods, fresh produce or local meats, cheeses and baked goods. Live music can even be found here too.

Natural Bridge Caverns Natural Bridge Caverns
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Natural Bridge Caverns

Stroll through an underground cave at Natural Bridge Caverns. This natural attraction is a unique experience where visitors can take a guided tour to see stalactites, stalagmites and even groundwater flowing through the cave. However, the cave isn’t the only thing drawing visitors to Natural Bridge Caverns. Above ground, visitors can enjoy an obstacle course, zip-lining, and food and refreshments.

Hill Country Craft Beer Trail Shuttle bus
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Hill Country Craft Beer Trail

Craft beer lovers will enjoy visiting New Braunfels, since its home to a number of great microbreweries. The Hill Country Craft Beer Trail is composed of 15 breweries all within driving distance of each other. There are also tour buses in the area to take the guesswork out of planning and finding a designated driver. Stop in some of New Braunfels’ best breweries like New Braunfels Brewing Co and Faust Brewing Co.

Stars and Stripes Drive-In Theatre Stars and Stripes Drive-In Theatre
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Stars and Stripes Drive-In Theatre

Experience a blast from the past at Stars and Stripes Drive-In Theatre. One of the only remaining drive-ins found in the state, Stars and Stripes shows three different movies each night. Simply listen to the film through your car’s radio. There is also a 50s-themed diner onsite serving popcorn, burgers, fries, funnel cakes and more. Enjoy the Texas night air at this old school drive-in in New Braunfels.

Downtown Antique Mall Downtown Antique Mall
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Downtown Antique Mall

Antique shoppers will love searching through the incredible vintage and antique collection at the Downtown Antique Mall. This 6,000-square-foot space is full of vintage items, from clothing to housewares. More than 60 vendors sell one-of-a-kind vintage collectibles, trinkets and memorabilia. This place is a step back in time and worth an afternoon of browsing and shopping.

Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo Animal World and Snake Farm Zoo
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Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo

Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo is home to over 500 different animals, and many of these creatures are rescue animals. This family-friendly attraction has a petting zoo and visitors can even handle snakes during certain times. View monkeys, reptiles, exotic birds, cattle and plenty more at this New Braunfels attraction.

Gruene Historic District Gruene Historic District
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Gruene Historic District

If you’re looking for a charming small town to enjoy live music and a lively honky-tonk dance scene, head to Gruene Hall found in Gruene Historic District. This dance hall has hosted incredible, big-name artists like Willie Nelson and George Strait, among many others. This historic district is also home to unique shops and restaurants.

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