On this cold February day, visions of summer and water parks can’t be avoided. New Braunsfels, Texas is a popular destination during the summer with it’s old-world German charm and it’s world-famous waterpark, Schlitterbahn.
New Braunsfels was founded in 1845 by German farmers and you can still dance to oompah music and dine at bier gartens there. In fact, every year in early November, a ten-day sausage festival called Wurstfest celebrates the rich heritage of this community. (Sounds like fun but I want to visit in the summer.)
Many tourists come to New Braunsfels to go tubing down the clear waters of the Guadalupe River and the Comal River and there are a few different companies that will offer tube and raft rentals, as well as, independent guides. Rockin’ River Rides and Gruene River Company.
Another popular spot to visit is the Gruene Historic District where you can practice your two-step at the Gruene Hall, which is the oldest continually running dance-hall in Texas and where country singer George Strait got his start. Antiquing is also a popular activity in Gruene Historic District, I actually have a moonstone ring I bought there while antiquing when I was 16. Clothes, handmade furniture and pottery, Texas gifts and home furnishings are also available in downtown Gruene.
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