Things To Do In New Braunfels

River Tubing with Tubes, Cooler Tube, and Re-rides for Two, Four, Six, or Eight at Chuck's Tubes (Up to 57% Off)

Chuck's Tubes

Downtown New Braunfels

Tubes and coolers float down Comal River before a shuttle takes groups on unlimited trips back to launch point

$81 $39

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5 or 12 Pottery-Panting Sessions at Clay Casa (Up to 83% Off). Four Options Available.

Clay Casa

Downtown New Braunfels

Guests can choose from hundreds of unglazed bisque pieces to decorate with their choice of more than 60 nontoxic glazes

$50 $12

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Jet-Pack Experience or Boat Charter Rentals from Hwy 66 Motorsports (Up to 65% Off). Three Options Available.

HWY 66 Motorsports

Avenida Guadalupe

An experienced driver pilots the speed boat, which tows wakeboards or waterskis across Canyon Lake, Lake Placid, or Medina Lake.

$200 $99

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One Large or Three Medium Buckets of Range Balls at Rivercity Range (Up to 50% Off)

Rivercity Range

New Braunfels

Golfers tee up shots and take aim at driving range targets, and can further improve short game skills on putting green and chipping area

$11.91 $6

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18 Holes of Mini Golf for Two, Four, or Six at Rivercity Range (Up to 60% Off)

Rivercity Range

Downtown New Braunfels

Challenge friends and family to a round of miniature golf on grounds equipped with a driving range, sand volleyball courts, and a bar

$15 $8

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Intro to CrossFit with One or Two Months of CrossFit Classes at Alpha CrossFit (Up to 67% Off)

Alpha CrossFit

New Braunfels

During one-hour workouts, trainers and coaches lead clients through functional-fitness exercises scalable to any age or fitness level

$240 $80

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Visit for Two or Four to McKenna Children's Museum (Up to 43% Off)

McKenna Children's Museum

New Braunfels

Families explore exhibits that foster creativity & learning, clamber up 30-foot structure & participate in educational activities

$11 $6.50

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One-Hour Guided Trail Ride for Two or Four at Hollow Tree Ranch (Up to 35% Off)

Hollow Tree Ranch

Canyon Lake

Participants learn basic riding techniques and catch glimpses of wildlife on one-hour rides that explore the trails of Hill Country

$90 $59

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Snow Tubing, Snowboarding, or Skateboarding at Texas Ski Ranch (Up to 55% Off). Six Options Available.

Texas Ski Ranch

Between San Marcos and New Braunfels

Guests tube and snowboard on astro-turf material meant to mimic slope conditions; instructors host lessons and parties for kids

$32 $16

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$11 Weihnachtsmarkt Christmas Market Visit for Two ($20 Value)

Weihnachtsmarkt Christmas Market

New Braunfels Civic and Convention Center

In its 25th year Christmas Market, held at Sophienburg Museum and Archives on November 21–23, features artisanal wares, from toys to toffee

$20 $11

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. During 45-minute Kindermusik classes, tots stimulate their minds, bodies, and sense of play with diverse activities based on research demonstrating music's beneficial effect on childhood development. As pintsize hands bang out tunes on provided instruments, brains busy themselves with forming the connections necessary for multiple forms of intelligence, including spatial reasoning, interpersonal skills, and the ability to tell a Jimi Hendrix guitar solo from the synthesized parrot squawks on a Jimmy Buffet album.

The academy's roster of instructors dispenses private education on diverse instrumentation during 30-minute, one-on-one music lessons. Euphonic apprentices can open up their epiglottises in voice lessons, strum away on guitar, or prepare to marshal their army of G.I. Joes by beating some drum skins. Lessons are also available on the piano, as well as band and orchestral instruments. All students except drum and piano pupils must supply their own instruments for use during lessons, where they will learn a curriculum geared to their individual goals and interests. An extensive library of method books imparts the techniques to tackle any style of music and teaches students to read music, so that they're able to interpret the plotline of Mozart's romance novels.

3240 Farm to Market Road 725
New Braunfels,
TX
US

More than 500 exotic animals prowl, scamper, and crawl through their expansively recreated habitats at Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo. One of the rarest and most beautiful of all the animals is on display in the Ghosts of the Jungle presentation. There, two white lion cubs, some of a very small number in the world tumble and play. They're not albinos, but uniquely pigmented animals first seen in the Timbavati region in 1938, and they have beautifully colored eyes that flit intelligently around their space.

There's plenty else to see there, as well. Guests quake with curiosity as they watch the alligator and crocodile ponds. Patrons can interact with cuddlier critters at the petting zoo, where dozens of fluffy goats, alpacas, and llamas gather to tie-dye their coats. Elsewhere, cackles of hyenas reverberate throughout the grounds, spurring a pack of wolves to emit a more introspective sound by baying at the moon. Wizened tortoises bask in a field of lettuce and racing trophies as a duo of ring-tailed lemurs relax in their environment.

5640 Interstate 35
New Braunfels,
TX
US

The engine's howl steadily builds as the Robinson R44 helicopter's blades churn with increasing velocity. Passengers look out of bubble windows and see grass whipping beneath. In a moment, the turf disappears, fading from view as the chopper lifts higher into the sky. So begins an aerial adventure led by experienced pilots Steve Van Buren and John Holler, who venture into the airways above Austin, San Antonio, the hill country, and central Texas. The air-conditioned copters—equipped with four-way communication that allows guides to maintain contact with passengers—glide through the firmament, as pilots obey all stop-sign-shaped clouds on their way to eye-catching views of sites such as historic Gruene. Crews also bring helicopters to clients for party rentals and assist landowners with predator control and game surveys.

6700 N IH 35
New Braunfels,
TX
US

Within the McKenna Children's Museum, the laughter of parents and children bounces through the corridors of hands-on educational exhibits. The ever-changing features and activities foster creativity in youngsters while stimulating their interest in science, health, and nature. In a realistic grocery store, shelves full of goods let kids practice nutritional shopping and arguing over the expiration dates of coupons. Further along, the Destination Space exhibit hosts a simulated space shuttle where children can take the helm of important-looking controls. Outside the museum, a colorful maze snakes up a 30-foot climbing structure, and cushy blue building pieces are scattered across the outdoor playground.

A large gift shop packs shelves with interactive toys. A fresh salad bar stretches across the dining room of the onsite bistro, complementing a menu of healthy snacks that fuel wee ones for their day of play and night of blackmailing the boogeyman.

801 W San Antonio St.
New Braunfels,
TX
US

On a regular day in New Braunfels, groups of 16 people can be seen pedaling down the street, perhaps drinking beer as they go. They aren't a crowd of irresponsible cyclists: rather, they're passengers on the PubCrawler of New Braunfels. With seating for a driver, 10 pedaling riders, and 5 other passengers on a rear bench, the pedal-powered bus rumbles along at leisurely speeds of up 5 miles per hour.

Though it's been used for events ranging from bachelorette parties to parades, the PubCrawler—true to its name—most often wheels out for pub crawls. For these outings, the bike embarks along scenic areas such as the historic Town Square, pausing only for drinks at up to three pubs. All rides are BYOB, but passengers are required to bring only glass-free containers, such as cans or an entire fermentation tank. On-board taps with ball or pin-lock connections also allow riders to tap into their own pony kegs.

499 South Castell Avenue
New Braunfels,
TX
US

For three days in November, the Weihnachtsmarkt Christmas Market brings Olde World Christmas spirit to New Braunfels. Vendors set up cheery red and green booths in the German-style holiday market, where they sell homemade wares such as aromatic roasted nuts, unique toys, vintage cameos, and homemade toffee. Nearby, authors sit ready to discuss their novels or sing their favorite Christmas carols at the on-site book fair and a jolly Santa eats breakfast with kids of all ages. To keep guests warm during the event, Sophie's Cafe serves up warm mugs of soup paired with sandwiches or tempting desserts.

Proceeds from the event benefit The Sophienburg Museum and Archives, which serves as the hub for immigration ship logs, photos, and documents of the first German Americans who found their way to Texas.

401 W Coll St
New Braunfels,
TX
US

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