Plan a staycation: 10 local destinations to visit this year

From amenity-rich parks to a spring-fed water park and Texas’ oldest dance hall, spend time in 2019 indulging in some of the area’s unique attractions.


1. Faust Street Bridge


The historic structure overlooks the Guadalupe River, connecting Faust and Porter Streets in downtown New Braunfels. Take a stroll through the area to discover historical markers, and take in scenic Hill Country views.

Public parking located at East Faust Street and Sanger Avenue
www.nbtexas.org/1675/faust-street-bridge





2. Fischer Park


New Braunfels’ largest park features
2 miles of greenway trails, hilltop views, fishing ponds, a sprayground and more. The Fischer Park Nature Education Center provides year-round events that offer a glimpse into the natural environment.

1820 McQueeney Road, New Braunfels
830-221-4378
www.nbtexas.org/1863/Fischer-Park





3. Gruene Historic District


Serving as a hub for shopping, dining, wine tasting, river recreation, lodging and live music, Gruene attracts people from around the world every year. Enjoy a riverside meal or go to Texas’ oldest continually operating dance hall, Gruene Hall.

West of FM 306 off Hunter Road
830-629-5077
www.gruenetexas.com





4. Headwaters at the Comal River


Visit the largest freshwater spring system in Texas. A project by New Braunfels Utilities is underway to restore the site to its original state, and educational opportunities abound.

333 E. Klingemann St.
830-608-8937
www.headwatersaththecomal.com





5. Landa Park


The 51-acre park is nestled in downtown with mature trees and  a spring-fed pool. Guests can rent paddleboats for an excursion on the lake or putt around on the Landa Park Golf Course.

164 Landa Park Drive, New Braunfels
830-608-2160
www.nbtexas.org/156/landa-park





6. Schlitterbahn


The spring-fed water park features an on-site resort and dozens of attractions, including river rides, slides and chutes.

400 N. Liberty Ave., New Braunfels}
830-625-2351
www.schlitterbahn.com/new-braunfels





7. Canyon Lake Gorge


In summer 2002 floodwaters carved the Canyon Lake Gorge. Take a guided tour of the geological phenomenon.

16029 S. Access Road, Canyon Lake
830-964-5424
www.canyongorge.org





8. Natural Bridge Caverns


In addition to a variety of tour options through vast rock formations, Natural Bridge Caverns offers zip lining, gem and fossil mining, and bat watching.

26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Road,
San Antonio
210-651-6101
www.naturalbridgecaverns.com





9. Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo


This zoological park is home to more than 500 animal species. It offers an interactive show schedule, field trips and a birthday party venue.

5640 S. I-35, New Braunfels
830-608-9270
www.awsfzoo.com





10. Whitewater Amphitheater


11860 FM 306, New Braunfels
830-964-3800
www.whitewaterrocks.com

Upcoming concerts:


April
12 & 13 Willie Nelson & Family

May
10 & 11 The Avett Brothers
25 & 26 Cody Johnson


By Rachel Nelson
Rachel Nelson is editor of the New Braunfels edition of Community Impact Newspaper. She covers local business, new development, city and county government, health care, education and transportation. Rachel relocated to Central Texas from Amarillo in 2009 and is a graduate of Texas State University's School of Journalism and Mass Communication.


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