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What to do near New Braunfels vacation homes

From all the German place names around town—Gruene Hall, Freiheit school, Schlitterbahn park—you might guess this part of Texas took a huge influx of German immigrants: Ja, naturlich! And New Braunfels wears its heritage proudly, with a German-themed fall festival and museums to soak up that mid-19th-century history. It's also home to a world-class water park and natural watery spots for beating the midsummer, mid-Texas heat waves. A New Braunfels vacation rental also puts you amongst shopping, outdoor nature adventures, and lots of family fun.

Things to do

Tourist attractions near New Braunfels vacation homes

Maybe you "came for the waters," like Rick—you know, in Casablanca? But catch the flavor of the town in the Gruene Historic District—or maybe some tchotchkes to bring back home from the oldest hardware store in Texas. Hear live music at Gruene Hall, the oldest dance hall in Texas, or study the town's German roots at Sophienberg Museum. Head out of town to the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch, a 400-acre drive-through safari park with zebras, giraffes, and ostriches among 500 exotic species. Similar name, different attractions at Natural Bridge Caverns, an underground walking tour.

Activities

Things to do near New Braunfels vacation home rentals

With a New Braunfels vacation rental in the summer, you'll want to escape the heat with some watery pleasures. The 65-acre Schlitterbahn water park has waterslides and coasters, inland surfing, a wave pool and play areas for the little ones. Other watery draws are tubing in the Guadalupe and Comal rivers plus swimming, fishing, and kayaking at Canyon Lake. For an escape from the water, there's an animal park and snake zoo, caverns to explore, natural and historic areas to walk around, and opportunities for golfing.

Weather

Local weather for your trip to New Braunfels vacation rentals

We can't sugarcoat it: New Braunfels is hot in the summer—super hot. And cold in the winter. November is comfortably in the 60s for the 10-day Wurstfest, a festival of sausage and German heritage, and December is suitably wintry for Wassailfest, held downtown. But, despite temperatures that often hit the 90s from June to September or even top 110 at times, travelers come in the summer for the cold-spring river waters, and of course for a refreshing visit to Schlitterbahn water park. Spring is a comfortable season if you're looking for wildflowers.

Natural features

Where the hills meet the prairie in New Braunfels

New Braunfels is in Texas Hill Country—a name closely linked to former President Lyndon Johnson. Set a bit northeast of San Antonio, this is mid-Texas—not the South, but not the Southwest either. A New Braunfels vacation rental puts you where hill country meets the rolling prairie as the Balcones Fault wrinkles up the land, creating springs and hidden caverns. Wildflowers abound along the highways in spring—bluebonnets and gayfeather, Indian Blanket and Lantana. Wildlife runs to deer, turtles, and salamanders, but you might also spot armadillos, coyotes, and flocks of Mexican free-tailed bats.

How to get there

Traveling to and around New Braunfels

Fly into San Antonio, TX (SAT-San Antonio Intl.), the closest airport, located 24.2 mi (38.9 km) from the city center.

Family friendly

Family-friendly attractions near New Braunfels vacation homes

Kids can enjoy an array of family attractions in New Braunfels. Vacation rentals are available near places like Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo, a roadside zoo with snakes, primates, exotic animals, and a petting zoo, and McKenna Children’s Museum, a museum with interactive exhibits for young children on culture, space, and technology. You could also visit Landa Park, a riverside park with a miniature train, nature trail, mini golf, and picnic areas.

Good for couples

Romantic vacation rentals in new Braunfels

New Braunfels boasts plenty of romantic places to explore on a couple’s retreat. Vacation rentals can be found near places like Lake McQueeney, a manmade lake with fishing, swimming, boating, and an island, and Comal Springs, a peaceful natural spring area with pools for swimming. You'll also like the Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture, a museum with handcrafted 19th-century Biedermeier furniture in a historic home.

Where to stay around New Braunfels?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,345 vacation rentals near New Braunfels. From 726 Houses to 185 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near New Braunfels for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to New Braunfels?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in New Braunfels:

  • South Austin: 2,199 vacation rentals
  • North Central: 991 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 317 vacation rentals
  • Inner West Side: 191 vacation rentals
  • Southside: 75 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to New Braunfels?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in New Braunfels. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Gruene Hall: 842 vacation rentals
  • New Braunfels MarketPlace: 1,133 vacation rentals
  • Heritage Museum of the Texas Hill Country: 1,306 vacation rentals
  • New Braunfels Conservation Society: 1,158 vacation rentals
  • Landa Park: 1,178 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around New Braunfels listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in New Braunfels?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 726 Houses in New Braunfels. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in New Braunfels include:

  • Cabins: 185 rentals available
  • Cottages: 185 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 322 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in New Braunfels?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 429 vacation rentals with pool available in New Braunfels. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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