Local Area Guide

Attraction 1

Schlitterbahn

Schlitterbahn "grew" out of the banks of the Comal River 40 years ago. Find shade in the natural canopy of trees and spend the day together when you bring your own picnic. Within the Blastenhoff and Surfenburg sections, visitors to New Braunfels can ride a continuous wave on the Boogie Bahn, fly high on the Sky Coaster, tube on the Torrent wave river, and get rocketed uphill on the Master Blaster Water Coaster.

Natural Bridge Caverns

Like on the Discovery Tour, where you’ll see massive, otherworldly formations formed by single drops of water and the slow passage of time. Or, explore our Hidden Passages Tour, where shadows dance over delicate formations and mystery awaits in every shadow. Take to the skies high above Texas, as you ascend the Twisted Trails, or for a true test, try tackling one of our Adventure Tours. Experience a sense of discovery finding your way through our AMAZEn’ Ranch Roundup, a 5,000 square foot outdoor maze.

And if you want some good old-fashioned fun, look no further than the Mining Company, where you mine and pan for gems, fossils and other treasures. Whether you are a first time visitor, an avid caver or someone in between, Natural Bridge Caverns awaits with a once in a lifetime experience you'll never forget. After your adventures, check out the new Shops of Discovery Village. Indulge yourself at Big Daddy’s Sweets, Treats and Brew, an old-fashioned parlor and general store. And shop for amazing gifts, jewelry and souvenirs in the Discovery Village Trading Post.

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Attraction 3

Gruene Hall

Gruene Hall, built in 1878 by Henry D. Gruene and located in the historical town of Gruene, Texas, bills itself as "the oldest continually run dance hall in Texas". By design, not much has physically changed since the hall was first built. The 6,000-square foot dance hall with a high-pitched tin roof still has the original layout with side flaps for open-air dancing, a bar in the front, a small lighted stage in the back and a huge outdoor garden. Advertisement signs from the 1930s and 1940s still hang in the old hall and around the stage. Under the current ownership, Gruene Hall has become internationally recognized as a destination tourist attraction and major music venue for up-and-coming as well as established artists. Gruene Hall has hosted such acts as Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, George Strait, Townes Van Zandt, Jerry Jeff Walker, Lyle Lovett, Hal Ketchum, and Gregg Allman. It was also used as a set for Michael, starring John Travolta.

Wurstfest

Wurstfest is a non-profit corporation designed to promote local commerce, especially through tourism, and preserve the community’s heritage. It provides a vehicle for local civic organizations to raise large amounts of money for a wide variety of community projects. Wurstfest is a special event that visitors can attend, enjoy themselves, and leave gratified, knowing that their expenditures will go for worthwhile projects. During the 10-day festival, you’ll find a variety of entertainment, food and fun on the Wurstfest Grounds in Landa Park as well as many special events throughout New Braunfels and Comal County.

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Animal World and Snake Farm Zoo

For half a century, the “Snake Farm” has been one the most prominent must-see attractions in the San Antonio/Austin area. Its establishment in 1967 provided a home to an extensive collection of snakes, reptiles and other exotic mammals. With its historic roots and loyal fan base, the “Snake Farm” quickly became an popular roadside attraction that both locals and travelers were drawn to. One of the top priorities at Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo is to provide an intimate, up-close and personal experience. Through hands-on interactions, education and conservation based programs and interactive shows, visitors are given the opportunity to make genuine connections that will last a lifetime.

Rockin R’ River Rides

Rockin’ R is your place in New Braunfels for toobs, rafts, kayaks and standup paddle boards. We are the only outfitter with locations on both the Guadalupe and Comal.

Rockin ‘R’ River Rides has been doing business in New Braunfels for 40 years. Two guys who had a dream back in 1979 made it come true and we all thank them from the bottom of our hearts. What started with 50 tubes, two lawn chairs, their personal pick-ups and a small patch of ground has grown beyond their wildest dreams. It hasn’t always been easy depending on Mother Nature to put food on the tables, but somehow they’ve made it work through droughts and devastating floods. It must be destiny, well go figure with the last name “Rivers.” Showing folks a good time in a piece of Texas heaven is what it’s all about to these guys. Come experience what put a twinkle in their eyes all those years ago!

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