Canyon Lake Tree House
Just outside of New Braunsfels is the Canyon Lake Tree House. Sleeping in a tree house is a childhood dream of mine and the picturesque description of this one is makes it sounds so enticing:
“The view of the lake from this redwood deck will take your breath away. You may choose to eat outside or relax under the stars The two huge oak tress make a shady green umbrella of leaves to make your private world a peaceful hideaway of beauty and fun.”
Unfortunately, upon further inspection of the Web site, the tree house is not quite a “tree house.” Instead, it’s an elevated house surrounded by trees. Bummer. Oh well, it still looks rustic and beautiful, just not quite the childhood dream.
Gruene Mansion Inn
Another place to stay while visiting New Braunsfels is the Texas Historic Landmark Gruene Mansion Inn Bed and Breakfast.
The B&B is located in the heart of the Gruene community right next to the Dance Hall. It has 31 rooms, each with a private entrance, bath and porch (for ultimate privacy). They’re decorated with elegant Victorian antiques and are quite popular with couples and for girlfriend getaways, especially if you take advantage of one of their package deals with the nearby spa.
I want to stay at this B&B. It’s beautiful! Maybe my future husband will bring me here someday. They can even provide a romantic gift package that comes with chapagne and chocolate-covered strawberries, yum!
Schlitterbahn is the most popular summertime waterpark in the United States and has been rated the world’s number one waterpark by the Travel Channel. It has over three miles of tubing, 17 waterslides, the world’s first surfing machine and three uphill water coasters. Sounds awesome!
The Master Blaster is definitely one of the best rides at Schlitterbahn. It propels riders in inner tubes with water jets uphill and downhill, through figure-eights and finally the riders are dropped into a dramatic pretzel-shaped, downward spiral. Sounds awesome, just be careful to not lose your suit. 🙂
And then there’s the Black Knight a very unique ride where you fly through a dark tube that allows in no light. You’re literally flying downward in complete darkness.
Lagoon Hot Tub
With all this craziness it’s good to know that your basic wading pool and hot tub can be taken advantage of when you need some relaxation. (Or are just to scared to do a water roller coaster in complete darkness.)
Up next: Accomadations
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 Tubing
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.
Gruene Dance Hall
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.
Up Next: Schlitterbahn