Some of the advantages for families living in New Braunfels is the proximity to so many great areas for day visits, overnights, and longer vacations. As summer approaches, thoughts start to turn to family weekend getaways in the Hill Country and surrounding areas in Texas. Here are a few great ideas that’ll make you want to pack up the kids and hit the road as soon as school gets out.
Climb the pink granite Enchanted Rock—a must-do in Fredericksburg, and save some time to pick your own peaches at Marburger Orchards. Save some energy for shopping. Fredericksburg is famous for its antique stores and unique shops.
A quick drive down the highway from New Braunfels, Austin is easily accessible, which is convenient since there are so very many great things to do with the family. Visitors head to Barton Springs Pool in the summer for a dip in the 68-degree water, to Zilker Park for a picnic with a view of the river, and to the Congress Avenue Bridge to watch millions of bats emerge at sunset. If you can stand waiting in line for hours, head to Franklin Barbecue, arguably the best in the state.
San Antonio is great for a daytrip, especially since it’s so close, but a weekend in the Alamo City offers a mix of excitement and culture. Don’t miss the historic missions, recently named a world historic site. The DoSeum Children's Museum is the city’s newest family hotspot, with tons of fun exhibits and play space and a focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Here, you’ll find an interactive robot, an interactive puppet parade, a storymaking spot, a Spy Academy, a musical staircase like the one that was featured in the movie Big, an accessible treehouse, and a children's river. And no trip here is complete without some time on the Riverwalk, where you can shops, eat, and take a boat ride down the San Antonio River.
You can easily get lost in charm of Gruene for a weekend, although it’s just a few minutes from your home base in New Braunfels. The kids might even enjoy seeing some of the history, like the fact that the famous Gristmill River Restaurant and Bar used to be a real cotton mill. Don’t miss a trip to the Gruene General Store for a piece of delicious homemade fudge, and be sure to check the calendar at Gruene Hall for events and activities the whole family can enjoy in New Braunfels at this historic dance hall.
Visitors flock to Boerne to hang out on the Hauptstrasse or Main Street, and enjoy the shops, art galleries, and European architecture. Cave Without A Name is a favorite spot to visit in the Hill Country and also happens to be a National Natural Landmark. Exploring this living cavern won’t soon be forgotten. Your family will also love Cibolo Nature Center, with 100 acres of wilderness, trails, and walking paths bordering Cibolo Creek, as well as horseback riding and Kreutzberg Canyon Natural Area.
Some fun on the lake is just a few minutes away, and while you don’t have to stay overnight (or longer!) since Canyon Lake is so close to New Braunfels, you might want to. Gear up for a day of swimming, boat, and fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, Guadalupe bass, white and striped bass, and catfish. You can also hike, bike, have a picnic, or go horseback riding on the lake trails.
How about a staycation right in your own city? New Braunfels offers so many things to do, you might need more than a weekend! From float the Comal or Guadalupe rivers, to the fun and excitement of Schlitterbahn, to the shopping and restaurants of downtown, there’s always something great to do with the family here.
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