New Braunfels, TX, founded by German settlers in 1845, boasts an old world heritage that combines perfectly with its small town charm. Located in the heart of the Texas Hill country, this small town offers a diverse range of activities, attractions, and entertainment. Comal River provides most of the water for the water paradise Schlitterbahn Waterpark, consisting of seventy acres of family fun and adventures. A visit to the Canyon Lake is as much fun for avid fishermen as it is for those interested in prehistoric dinosaur tracks.
Natural Bridge Caverns offers a variety of outdoor adventures and fun for the whole family. Guests can see the beautiful stalactites, stalagmites, and rock formations of the caverns 180 feet below ground. Alternatively, they can climb to the top of a 60-foot obstacle course and take the zip line back down with the Canopy Challenge.Gem and fossil mining is also available. After all the fun, guests can grab a bite to eat at the on-site café or pick up a gift in the souvenir shop. All activities are appropriate for both children and adults. The caverns are open daily except for major holidays.
Established in 1898, Landa Park has been a popular urban oasis for locals and tourists ever since. Situated on 51 acres along the river, this large park has a range of facilities that offer entertainment and recreation for all generations. There is a large swimming pool, paddle boats on the lake occasionally filled with trout, a lovely picnic area in the shade of ancient oaks, a miniature train that crosses the park from end to end, a mini golf course and a maxi 18-hole golf course, tennis courts and two scenic hiking trails – the Panther Canyon Nature Trail and the Harry Landa Tree Trail. William and Dolores Schumann Arboretum will delight nature lovers with 96 species of trees.
Schlitterbahn Waterpark in New Braunfels is spread over 65 acres on the scenic banks of the Comal River. Actually, most water in this spectacular water park comes from the river. This family-owned resort and water park has been recognized for the last 15 years as being the best waterpark in the world, creating new attractions every year.It has more than three miles of tubing adventures, seventeen water slides, seven children’s playgrounds on the water, the first surfing machine in the world, and three water coasters that coast uphill. The resort has a range of accommodations and various restaurants, but you can bring your own goodies and have a picnic as long as you do not bring alcohol
McKenna Children's Museum offers kids interactive, hands-on exhibits that focus on culture, technology, and space with a goal of encouraging and unleashing learning and imagination. The range of exhibits is enormous, and there is something for everyone. The activities are linked to scenarios of everyday life that kids can explore, such as the Lend a Hand Ranch, Grocery Store, Outside the Lines Art Studio, Tot Spot, Destination Space, and so much more.Destination Space is particularly popular because it takes the kids out of their own world into another. They learn fun facts about space, have a light and music adventure, and even dress in special clothes for their space exploration. In the Grocery Store, they play at running a store and learn to count and speak Spanish. At McKenna Hospitable, they learn about what goes on in hospitals, in patient rooms, or in an ambulance. The Under the Comal River Exhibit teaches kids about creatures living in rivers and other waters.