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New Braunfels Convention & Visitors Bureau
Mar 06, 2020, 09:00 ET. In New Braunfels, family traditions abound [Press release]. Retrieved from”

In New Braunfels, family traditions abound

From its crystal-clear rivers spring Texas’ treasures that keep families flowing back to the picturesque German town

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas, March 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Play in New Braunfels. Warm Texas spring and summer days are ideal for floating down the river or visiting a world-class waterpark, gazing in wonder at baby giraffes, or traversing 180 feet down below the earth to view ancient rock formations. From Texas’ oldest dance hall to a retro drive-in theater, New Braunfels offers plenty of family-friendly fun, served up by local family-owned businesses.

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“Some of the top attractions in New Braunfels build on the traditions of the families that have lived here for generations,” said Judy Young, vice president of the New Braunfels Convention and Visitors Bureau. “The people here are proud of their heritage and it shows in the one-of-a-kind experiences they share with visitors.”

Here’s a look at four reasons to stay and play a little longer in New Braunfels.

Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch’s successful giraffe breeding spawned rare twin giraffes in 2013. Get up close to the giraffes, and over 500 other animals from 40 exotic, native and endangered species as you drive through their 450-acre ranch.

Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch
Go on safari, Texas-style! Amazing animals from all over the world roam over 450 acres of scenic, the protected environment at Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch. From Arabian Oryx to zebras, visitors can observe 500 animals from 40 exotic, native, and endangered species, all from the comfort of their vehicles.

The ranch is a Texas Land Heritage Property, certified by the State of Texas for being used for agriculture by the same family for over 100 years. Seven generations call the ranch home.

In addition to providing thrills to visitors, Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch is dedicated to animal conservation. Their successful giraffe breeding program spawned rare twin giraffes in 2013.

Natural Bridge Caverns takes outdoor entertainment to another level with its newest attraction Twisted Trails. The six stories high aerial ropes course offers 50 elements and incredible Texas hill country views.

Natural Bridge Caverns
Right next door – and 180 feet below the earth’s surface – is Natural Bridge Caverns, the largest cave in Texas. A guided half-mile exploration takes visitors through huge underground chambers past elaborate ancient rock formations, all created by single drops of water and the slow passage of time.

Back above ground, several other attractions keep the thrills coming. Twisted Trails opened this year and is the largest outdoor sky rail in the world covering over 13,500 feet.  The 60-foot high aerial adventure ropes course challenges visitors with 50 elements suspended high above the ground. Multiple zip rails offer aerial views of the Texas Hill Country. In fact there is not much that Texas does not have.

Gently resisting change since 1872, Gruene Historic District is home to Texas’ oldest dance hall that hosts legendary musicians like George Strait, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and Loretta Lynn. Garth Brooks played Gruene Hall last September as part of his Dive Bar tour.

Gruene Historic District
Gruene Historic District in New Braunfels offers another step back in time. Play in New Braunfels with it historic heritage. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and gently resisting change since 1872, Gruene is home to Texas’ oldest dance hall, which is still drawing top musicians today.

Gruene Hall, like the rest of the town, has been lovingly preserved with a dedication to maintaining its rustic, turn-of-the-century look. Many of Gruene’s shops, eateries and other venues are housed in buildings that date back to the town’s roots as a cotton-farming community in the mid-1800s.

Dig into a hearty meal at the Gristmill, perched high above the Guadalupe River in what was originally a cotton gin, dating back to the 1880s. Gruene General Store occupies the building that housed the area’s first mercantile, built-in 1878.

Stars & Stripes Drive-In offers a slice of Americana with all the digital cinema luxuries. They are one of only a few drive-in theaters in Texas, boasting the largest screens measuring 90’ wide.

Stars and Stripes Drive-In
Fast-forward ahead in time and you’ll land at another favorite New Braunfels destination: the Stars and Stripes Drive-In Theater, with a vintage vibe and classic movies playing alongside the latest Hollywood blockbusters.

When Ryan Smith founded the theater in 2015, he was inspired by the drive-in theater his grandfather started in 1948. With a calling to revitalize this slice of Americana, Smith purchased a farm just outside of New Braunfels to create a modern, family-friendly drive-in theatre experience.

For a complete listing of New Braunfels attractions and events visit

Media contact:
Melissa Welch-Lamoreaux

SOURCE New Braunfels Convention & Visitors Bureau

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  • Touring the Gruene historic district
  • Have wine at Dos Brisas Vineyard & Winery
  • Take a river cruise on a Confederate paddlewheel boat
  • Tubing down the Comal River

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What are some fun things to do in New Braunfels, Texas?

There’s something for everyone in New Braunfels, Texas! From tubing down the Comal River to taking a historic tour of the Gruene historic district and everything in between, New Braunfels provides an array of activities and things to do. Explore downtown Main Street, taste wine at Dos Brisas Vineyard & Winery, try local cuisine at the Convict Hill barbeque restaurant, or take a thrilling river cruise on a Confederate paddlewheel boat – New Braunfels has something for every traveler!

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