Located between San Antonio and Austin is one of the older towns in Texas. New Braunfels was founded in 1845 and still retains an old world feel. It is a picturesque hill country which makes it a favorite vacation town for many families in Texas and beyond. Here are some of the top New Braunfels attractions you should not miss when in this beautiful part of the lone star state.
New Braunfels is one of those few urban places in the US lucky enough to have clean rivers flowing through them. There are two rivers; Comal and Guadalupe. The Comal River flows from natural aquifers and flows through downtown. Guadalupe River flows from hills in Kerr County through the heart of the town and joins up with Comal to flow to the gulf.
The water in the two rivers remains good for swimming around the year. Tubing is a favorite activity in both rivers. The Horseshoe loop of the Guadalupe River is especially a hit with water lovers. The tubes go past scenic locations such as Bodacious Bluffs, Party Rocks, and Tree Island.
This is one of the top underground natural attractions, not only in Texas but the whole of the US. This is a massive network of caverns where there are endless opportunities for exploring. Try the adventure tour which is an open-ended excursion where you explore the cave; hiking, climbing and rappelling in different sections of the underground landscape. The more organized aquifer tour leads you to natural water springs underground where you can marvel at the eternity of mother Earth.
This is one of the largest waterparks in Texas. You can swim, ride waves, and wade in different parts of this massive water world. Try the 6-story Master Blaster Uphill water coaster and feel the pure rush of adrenaline on this wild ride. If you are looking for a more relaxed time, try the Beach Wave Pool and have a cool drink as you sit in shaded water floats. There are tons of other water activities for both kids and grown ups
There are old buildings that have been wonderfully maintained in this area. Naeglin’s is the oldest bakery in Texas, while Henne’s is the oldest hardware store in all of Texas. There are fountains, sculptures, and well-kept parks to make it a truly beautiful part of town.
In addition to New Braunfels attractions, you can try the nearby towns of San Marcos and Wimberley which have their fair share of tourist attractions and shopping opportunities as well. A visit to these attractions in Texas will truly open your eyes to the beauty of this part of the US.