You might not think there are many fun things to do in New Braunfels Texas since it is quite small.
However, my family and I were pleasantly surprised when we first visited New Braunfels.
New Braunfels has a rich German heritage, a famous water park, and tubing the Guadalupe river is great fun!
Our favorite things to do in New Braunfels are a visit to Schlitterbahn (water park) and tubing the Guadalupe river.
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Things To Do In New Braunfels Texas
Schlitterbahn water park in New Braunfels is the “mother of all water parks”… and I am not the only who says that!
I know that the Travel Channel agrees with me… They rated Schlitterbahn New Braunfels as the #1 water park in the US not too long ago!
Schlitterbahn New Braunfels is split into two water parks, Schlitterbahn West and Schlitterbahn East, with a free tram running between the two. In all, Schlitterbahn has 7 children’s water playgrounds, 17 water slides, 3 uphill water coasters, and for the surfer in the family, the world’s first surfing machine.
My kids LOVE water. If they have to choose among the things to do in New Braunfels Texas, a day at Schlitterbahn always wins. We go every summer!
The Guadalupe river runs from Canyon Lake and through New Braunfels. There are several locations along the way where you can do tubing, i.e. float down the river on a tube.
This is my favorite of the things to do in New Braunfels Texas!
Some people just lay back on the tube and enjoy the ride. Others try to have as much fun as possible. I’ve even seen a few try to stand up on the tubes! Most people take coolers that float along in its own tube.
I usually don’t mind doing a bit of driving to get to fun. A stretch of the river called “Horseshoe Loop” is a great place to go tubing. The river makes a big loop. This means that the point where you exit the river is only a few minutes’ walking away from where you enter the river. So you can go round ‘n round all day long!
If you’re not really in the mood to drive out of New Braunfels to go tubing, try Rockin R River Rides to tube on the section of the river that goes through New Braunfels. They also have a location out at Horseshoe Loop.
Landa Park is another of the fun things to do in New Braunfels Texas!
There is a lot to do there. You can rent paddle boats, play miniature golf, ride on a small train with the kids, and swim. There are also hiking trails and a playground for the kids. You can also go picnicking in Landa Park.
The Comal river is also right by Landa Park, so you can go tubing here as well.
This is really a great place to spend a day!
About 4 miles south of New Braunfels, just off I-35, is the Snake Farm and Exotic Animal Park. It is a small, clean animal park that is a lot of fun for little kids.
It is a snake park, so you will see a lot of snakes, including some venomous ones and a big python.
The petting zoo is fun for the kids. They have some goats (and you can feed them), some pot-bellied pigs, and a mild-mannered llama.
I think the snake park is definitely worth a visit, and it’s quite affordable too.
As you can see, there are at least four major fun things to do in New Braunfels Texas. We live within about 90 minutes’ drive from New Braunfels and my family and I love going there for a weekend of fun.
Whatever you do in New Braunfels, I’m sure you’ll have a good time!