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Fall is for Festivals in New Braunfels!

A festival vacation – colorful, energetic, and culturally immersive – is a terrific way to meet locals and enjoy a new experience. In New Braunfels Fall is festival season and the mild temperatures and scenic Texas Hill Country make it a perfect vacation destination. Get away with your BFF or enjoy a romantic holiday with the love of your life. It’s a vacation to remember!

There are art festivals, craft beer pubs and wineries to visit. There’s outdoor recreation like cycling, running, kayaking and stand-up paddling. It’s often still warm enough to float the two fantastic rivers in a tube. Check some of the “festival” fun you can have in the Fall in New Braunfels:

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Spring Break in New Braunfels

Looking for a Spring Break that’s a great family value? Check out New Braunfels in the Texas Hill Country. No children? Looking for a break from winter with your BFFs or significant other? Enjoy an “under the radar” Spring Break opportunity to celebrate the changing season. There’s a little outdoor adventure, some theme park fun and music and romance waiting for everyone:

Spring Break for Families

Destinations like New Braunfels offer a great Spring Break value for families with younger children looking for a budget-friendly easy to manage getaway.

“Shoulder seasons provide a great opportunity for families,” says Judy Young, the New Braunfels Convention and Visitors Bureau Director. “Resort areas like New Braunfels have the infrastructure. New Braunfels entertains thousands of families during the summer. Springtime offers many of the same attractions. People don’t think about how mild our weather is this time of year – perfect for outdoor fun. And we’re a smaller, easy to navigate and safer place for children.”

Explore these family attractions in New Braunfels and the Texas Hill Country:

  • Water Recreation – People flock to New Braunfels in the summertime for the Comal and Guadalupe rivers and Canyon Lake. Mild spring days see a high temperature averaging 72 degrees February through April. Perfect for kayaking, rafting, and fishing the rivers plus boating on the lake. And, kids will love these water-oriented attractions:
    • Schlitterbahn Waterpark – Blastenhoff is open for Spring Break with great rides like the Master Blaster and The Torrent.
    • Texas Ski Ranch – It’s a 70-acre action sports park with a great cable lake for all levels of water sports enthusiasts. You can wakeboard, ski, snowboard, skateboard and SUP! There’s a beach and a spring-loaded trampoline park, too.
  • Outdoor Fun
    • Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch – Check out ostrich feathers, zebra ears and buffalo noses up close and personal. It’s 450 acres with 500 animals – 40 exotic, native and endangered animal species to see and photograph.
    • Natural Bridge Caverns – See massive, other-worldly formations formed by single drops of water and the slow passage of time. Take on the sky-high Canopy Challenge. Make it through a 5,000 square foot outdoor maze and pan for gems, fossils and other treasures.
    • Stars & Stripes Drive-In Theatre – Create a unique memory. Enjoy a night under the stars at a brand new “Back to the Future” drive-in movie theater!
  • Fun History and Culture
    • New Braunfels Museums – Let the imagination go at McKenna Children’s Museum. Lend-A-Hand Ranch, Destination Space and more provide inspiration. Visit the Sophienburg Archives & Museum. See what traveling by ship from Germany to Texas was like. Check out Heritage Village, the Railroad Museum, and a historic murals “museum” downtown.
    • Historic Gruene Texas – Teach the kids to two-step at Texas’ Oldest Dance Hall like generations of Texans before you. Show them the toys grandparents played with in the antique shops. Have lunch on a giant deck overlooking the Guadalupe River. Stop by the General Store for some fudge or ice cream.
    • Downtown New Braunfels – Take a stroll and delight the kids. There are bakery shops, pizza parlors and fire engine and train museums downtown. Landa Park has a miniature train ride, playscapes and camping/picnicking areas.

Taking a Break with your BFF/Significant Other

Looking for a vacation or long weekend break from winter? No children doesn’t mean no Spring Break! Grab your BFF or SO and go! Enjoy most of the same attractions a family does, plus some unique opportunities:

  • Grown-Up Play In New Braunfels
    • Hill Country Craft Beer Tour – Taste some great craft beer as you explore the Texas Hill Country. Full & Half Day Guided and Shuttled Tours are available!
    • Live Music Dance Halls & Honky Tonks – If you love live music, New Braunfels has a lot to offer: Gruene Hall, Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre, River Road Ice House, Phoenix Saloon, The Watering Hole Saloon, River Hofbrau, and Freiheit Country Store and many more.
    • Wining & Dining – Five million people visit the 51 Texas Hill Country wineries annually. New Braunfels is a great home base for exploring them – including the local ones. Unique, independent restaurants offer dining on the banks of the Guadalupe, tasty Tex Mex, authentic German dishes and barbecue, of course!
    • Wildflowers – There’s nothing like a drive through the Texas Hill Country. In springtime bluebonnets paint the hills reflecting those clear blue Texas skies. Take a camera for some amazing photo opportunities.

For more information on Spring Break in New Braunfels, see PlayInNewBraunfels. Find your perfect hotel in New Braunfels, Texas


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Summer Fun Starts With A Splash In New Braunfels, Texas

Memorial Day weekend kicks off summertime in New Braunfels, Texas. Generations of Texans have flocked to the city’s Schlitterbahn water park and the Guadalupe and Comal rivers to cool off all summer long. Over the years, New Braunfels developed a broad and unique infrastructure of accommodationsattractionsand hospitality in the Texas Hill Country to keep everyone entertained. It’s a family vacation destination that evolved with local family-owned and operated independent attractions. This year many of the most popular celebrate big anniversaries and there’s always something new to keep folks coming back year after year:

The Schlitterbahn family celebrates 35 years as the world’s number one waterpark (according to the Travel Channel!) It’s where most of the world’s waterpark rides were created by the entrepreneurial family that started it all.

The Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch family celebrates 30 years with a birthday party for the rare reticulated giraffe twins born there last year. You can see Wasswa and Nakato in the brand new 50-acre addition to their “Texas Safari.”

The Natural Bridge Caverns family celebrates 50 years and the biggest show cave in Texas also has a spectacular zip line, an amazing maze, a just-expanded mining sluice for the younger set and some extreme adventure tours that let you cave like the original explorers did.

Gruene Hall celebrates their 40th anniversary next year. The iconic Texas dance hall features greats like Willie Nelson andMerle Haggard and is still a nursery for up and coming performers. But they’ve also featured some other folks, too, like B.B. KingFlaco Jimenez and Dr. John. Coming up later this summer Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue with a little jazz gumbo!

Great as a headquarters for tours of the Texas Hill Country wineriesNew Braunfels has its own award-winning Dry Comal Creek Winery (you might want to sign up for their Winery U.) The world-class McKenna Children’s Museum, the spectacularTexas Ski Ranch cable lake and Landa Park with its playscapes, miniature train, spring-fed pools and Comal River tube shoot entertain the younger set from toddlers to teenagers.

There’s lots of live music at honky-tonks and dance halls in and around New Braunfels and great food from the fun New Braunfels Farmer to Market to dining at traditional German and Mexican restaurants or on sushi, prime steaks, Cajun, Italian and, of course, barbecue.

“Start the summer off with a splash in New Braunfels,” said Judy Young, New Braunfels Convention & Visitors Bureau Director. “Our attractions and hospitality industry offer great value. New Braunfels is family-friendly with plenty to do for everyone – families, singles, couples, mature folks and multi-generational groups.  We’re ideally located between Austin and San Antonio, an easy drive on Interstate 35 or Interstate 10, or fly in – we’re just about an hour away from both airports. We look forward to making this the best summer vacation you’ve ever had.”