From drive-in theatres to the best waterpark in the world, New Braunfels has so many fun activities for the whole family to enjoy! No matter what you like to do, New Braunfels has a way for you to play. Here are some of the premier attractions that make this area one of Texas’ top tourist destinations.
Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre – Originally opened in 1942 as a movie theatre, The Brauntex was transformed through the work of citizens into a performing arts center. The classic art-deco style décor and structure have been preserved, but house modern equipment to deliver spectacular performances. The 605-seat venue has hosted a variety of events such as country music singers, comedians, plays, and ballets.
Stars and Stripes Drive-in Theatre – This family owned and operated drive-in theatre is one of the few remaining in the United States, and offers visitors a chance to indulge in the drive-in experience at any of the three huge screens. Tickets here get you into two movies of your choice, offering more bang for your buck. This throwback comes complete with a 50’s era café with classic treats like funnel cakes, corn dogs, and popcorn! The Stars and Stripes is open Friday through Sunday year-round.
Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort –Recognized as the best waterpark in the world for the last 15 years, the 65-acre Schlitterbahn Waterpark offers a continuously changing aquatic playground. The family-owned park is located along the shores of the Comal River and receives most of its water from the spring-sourced river. It features more than three miles of water tubes, seven playgrounds in the water, 17 water slides, three water rollercoasters, and the first surfing machine in the world.
McKenna Children’s Museum – This museum gives kids an opportunity to explore the world around them in a fun and interactive way. The exhibits available are diverse, and there can be traveling exhibits and special events. One of the exhibits is Destination Space, where children dress up in space gear, have a light and music show and learn about space in the process. The grocery store gives kids a chance to work the register, count numbers, and learn Spanish! The Comal River exhibit explores the wildlife living in and around the river.
Animal World and Snake Farm Zoo – New Braunfels gained a popular snake farm in 1967, that would later become a zoo in 2012. Many reptiles like snakes and alligators are still around, but today there are over 500 different animals in the zoo, with many of them being rescues. During specific hours you can view animal feedings or handle snakes. Visitors can’t feed the wild animals, but there is a petting zoo where you can feed and pet some gentler animals.
Hill Country Craft Beer Trail – If you came to New Braunfels to get a taste of Texas beer, you’re in for a treat. The Hill Country Craft Beer Trail boasts a large number of breweries that visitors can experience. A shuttle bus is provided, for safety and comfort, and you can stop at as few as three breweries, or go to as many as eight!