Deep in the heart of Texas, the pleasant charm of New Braunfels has brought an enchanting ghost town back to life. Experience your own rejuvenation with a quiet getaway just 48 miles southwest of Austin. Refresh your spirit as you careen down a riverside slide at the waterpark or float on the tranquil surface of Canyon Lake. Before you venture into the nearby big cities, turn back time in vintage New Braunfels hotels and discover the region’s German roots one gourmet bratwurst at a time.
Welcome to the golden landscapes of the “Lone Star State.” Take a cue from Texas native Waylon Jennings, “The Rambling Man” himself, and start roaming with one of our rental cars in New Braunfels. Roll back layers of history at the Gruene Historic District, the once-sleepy haunts hidden away on the north side of town. As you walk through the general store and sip Texas wine on a tasting room patio, you can almost hear the first settlers, Ernst and Antoinette Gruene, talking about their latest cotton crop. What would they think of the way their little settlement has changed with the tides of time?
Slip back into the current century at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark, where you can keep pace with the nearby Comal River as you slide down the infamous Black Knight in an inner tube. Catch your breath in a gazebo on the waterfront at Landa Park and roll up to the Stars & Stripes Drive-In for an old-timey evening under the stars and silver screen. If turning the radio dial to the night’s soundtrack doesn’t make you feel like you’ve absconded to the 1950s, sipping a milkshake and sneaking a few of your date’s French fries at the historic drive-in will. Tucking into historic hotels in New Braunfels will feel quite idyllic, too. Sleep tight, because you have a hike to Canyon Lake in the morning and the swallows will wake you up early.
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