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

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

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

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.

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

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}

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

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

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

10. Whitewater Amphitheater

11860 FM 306, New Braunfels

Upcoming concerts:

12 & 13 Willie Nelson & Family

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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