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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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Thanksgiving 2016 – More Than 48 Million Will Travel

The American Automobile Association (AAA) projects that 48.7 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home this Thanksgiving, an increase of one million travelers compared with last year. This represents a 1.9 percent increase over 2015, and the most Thanksgiving travelers since 2007. The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, Nov. 23, to Sunday, Nov. 27.

“One million more Americans than last year will carve out time to visit with friends and family this Thanksgiving,” AAA President and CEO Marshall Doney said. “Most will travel on the tried and true holiday road trip, thanks to gas prices that are holding at close to $2 per gallon. Others will fly, take the bus or set off on a cruise to celebrate with their loved ones.”

Driving remains most popular mode of travel for Thanksgiving
The vast majority—more than 89 percent—of holiday travelers will drive this Thanksgiving. The 43.5 million Americans planning a Thanksgiving road trip represents an increase of 1.9 percent over last year. Air travel is expected to increase 1.6 percent, with 3.69 million Americans flying to their holiday destinations. Travel by other modes of transportation, including cruises, trains and buses, will increase only slightly this Thanksgiving, to 1.44 million travelers.

Thanksgiving gas prices second-cheapest in nearly a decade
Today’s national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $2.17, 12 cents more than the average price on Thanksgiving last year ($2.05). Most U.S. drivers will pay the second-cheapest Thanksgiving gas prices since 2008, when the national average was $1.85.

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Horseshoe Bay Resort Celebrates a Family Fun July Fourth

Celebrate Independence Day Weekend with lakeside fun, land and boat parades, live music and Family Fun Day at the award-winning Horseshoe Bay Resort. Resort guests will enjoy daily activities as well as a special Family Fun Day on Sunday afternoon featuring a giant inflatable slide, mechanical bull ride, face painting, balloon artist, lawn games, sno-cones, and a chance to get up close and personal with the resort’s collection of exotic birds.

The highlight of the Horseshoe Bay Resort’s Fourth of July celebration will be the extravagant firework display over Lake LBJ. The fireworks begin at 9:30pm and will be simulcast live on KITY 102.9 FM for the public’s enjoyment.

Guests can enjoy two popular waterfront concerts while watching the sun set over stunning Lake LBJ. Jumpstart, a 10-piece Austin variety dance band, will perform on Saturday, July 2 and the Chris Brade Band will perform prior to the fireworks show on Monday, July 4. Both concerts begin at 8pm and are complimentary for overnight guests of the resort and Club members.

Throughout the weekend, guests will stay busy with family-friendly activities including kids’ shark boat rides, Sunset cruises on Lake LBJ, watercraft rentals, Dive-In Movies, S’mores for the family and much more. Nightly buffets will be offered at the resort’s dining outlets as well as the Yacht Club waterfront complex and will feature Italian, Texas BBQ, Caribbean themes and more.

The city of Horseshoe Bay will hold its annual land parade on Independence Day with the parade route going by the resort at 9:30 a.m. Afterwards, the City’s annual boat parade will take place with the decorated boats passing in front of the resort’s Yacht Club at 10:30 a.m.

About Horseshoe Bay Resort
Horseshoe Bay Resort is Texas’ premier full-service AAA four-diamond golf resort located on the shores of Lake LBJ, only 45 minutes northwest of Austin, Texas. With three award-winning Robert Trent Jones, Sr. golf courses to choose from, Horseshoe Bay Resort is known for exceptional golf, ample meeting spaces, a variety of dining options, multi-surface tennis courts, full-service spa and marina, an 18-hole Bermuda grass putting course and a private executive airport.

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