20+ Things to Do in New Braunfels: Day Trip or Getaway?

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In case you find yourself wanting to explore some more of Texas, we think the city of New Braunfels would be a great idea!

There are loads of fun things to do in New Braunfels and of course, UNATION Austin has got you covered with a bunch of fun activities you can try during your next Day Trip. Looking to stay and explore like a pro? Keep reading our guide because we’ve included must-try restaurants, bars, and event cute spots to lay your head down on your next visit!

Things To Do In New Braunfels

Where to Eat in New Braunfels

Things To Do In New Braunfels
📍Krause's Cafe
  • Krause’s Cafe: You’ll love the German-American vibes at Krause’s. Not only is it a great spot for tasty food like their signature Brussels Sprouts but they have the largest selection of beer in New Braunfels!
  • Clear Springs Restaurant: A homey and relaxed environment where they specialize in Onion Ring towers, it’s something you’ve got to start your comfort meal with! Of course, the Fried Catfish and Chicken Fried Chicken are also sooo yummy!
  • Float In: Float In is a beloved gem of the city. It’s a casual spot that’s perfect for food, drinks, and a dope view of the river! Not to mention, it’s such an Instagrammable spot! Why just grab some food when you can do it all here?
  • McAdoo’s Seafood Company: This fan-favorite has a newly renovated patio! You’ll love the Crab Cakes, Char-Grilled Oysters, and Bloody Marys. Enjoy the old Post Office atmosphere. It’s a must-visit!
  • Gristmill River Restaurant & Bar: You’ll definitely want to visit Gruene’s water tower landmark for all those Insta photos and this restaurant is located right beneath it. It’s known as “one of the most unique dining spots in Texas.” Indulge in some Chicken Poblano Quesadillas and a fresh Lime Margarita!

Coffee Shops in New Braunfels

2 Rivers Coffee
  • New Braunfels Coffee: A downtown staple, New Braunfels Coffee has an old-fashioned feel and is located in the historic square. Enjoy some breakfast or lunch, sip on a cold Latte, and watch as the busy world goes by.
  • 2 Rivers Coffee: 2 Rivers Coffee has been going strong since 2007 and we think it’s the perfect Instragrammable coffee shop in NB. It’s a perfect blend between tropical and modern. Sip on a signature drink like the L.A. Lavender or The Mint Mocha and much on a homemade Kolache. Perfection!
  • Wicked Voodoo Espresso: Fun, vibrant, and colorful drinks are sure to put a smile on your face. The unique and refreshing Lotus Energy drinks are sure to help you pull through all the fun things to do in New Braunfels!
  • Kora Kora Coffee: Grab a pick-me-up and get some work done in a comfy, chic setting! Sure Espressos can be a great go-to option but the Strawberry-Banana Smoothies here are pretty delicious.
  • Forty Six Coffee House and Bakery: A coffee shop that serves up a delicious lunch and tasty baked goods too! We’d sip on the Basic Sitch and grab a Blueberry Muffin but we’d also enjoy a Loaded Potato Soup!

Where to Drink in New Braunfels

Things To Do In New Braunfels
Things To Do In New Braunfels
Things To Do In New Braunfels
  • Downtown Social: You’ll love this spot because it’s got everything in one! Food, drinks, games, and more. Enjoy being social and sip on an ice-cold beer! Plus, play games like bowling, pool, or shuffleboard!
  • Sidecar: A chic environment with delicious cocktails, anyone is sure to have a great time at Sidecar. Happy Hour is from 4-6pm, cheers to $5 Old Fashioned and Martinis!
  • Gruene Tini’s: Whatever your taste, you’re sure to find a martini fit for you. There are over 25+ flavors to explore. Grab yourself a fruity Cucumber Tini and relax on their patio.
  • New Braunfels Brewing Company: There are plenty of fun things to do in New Braunfels but you’ve got to visit a brewery! You won’t regret sipping on hand-crafted beers like the HellYeah or Star Full of Skies.
  • Gruene Grove: Prost to that sunshine on the Upstairs Patio at Sidecar. Devour some German Bratwurst and refreshing Texas Mules! You didn’t hear it from us but the Undeground Speakeasy has some delicious bites and strong cocktails!

Fun Activities in New Braunfels

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📍Gruene Hall
Things To Do In New Braunfels
📍Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo
  • Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo: You won’t regret stopping by the Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo. You’ll have loads of fun at the petting zoo and with the fun interactive shows. 
  • Schlitterbahn Waterpark New Braunfels: Perfect for a family-friendly outing. Stay cool, fresh, and hydrated at the awesome waterpark. Trust us, you’ll love all the rides but Boogie Bahn Surfing Ride is a must!
  • Gruene Historic District: Walk around and take in the great scenery. Gruene Historic District is great for exploring, grabbing loads of cute photos, shopping, and loads more. Make sure to visit the Gruene Hall for those Insta pics!
  • Texas Ski Ranch: If you’re into extreme sports, then you’ve got to visit the Texas Ski Ranch during your next NB day trip. You can wakeboard, enjoy a friendly competition of axe throwing, and grab some grub. Did we mention they offer some relaxing beach vibes?
  • Landa Park: In case you are a nature lover and like to explore the outdoors, Landa Park is the perfect place! We love that it’s riverside and has multiple trails to get your steps in. Pack some snacks and enjoy a picnic too!
  • Texas Tubes: Texas Tubes is the perfect activity to do in New Braunfels during the summer and springtime. Float the Comal River with your fave adult drinks, relax, and enjoy your day.

Where to Stay in New Braunfels

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Things To Do In New Braunfels
Things To Do In New Braunfels

In case you decide on a Weekend Getaway instead of a Day Trip, you can stay at these beautiful spots. Book a cozy Bed and Breakfast or stay at a chic hotel, the choice is yours. One thing about your stay though, is that you’ll definitely have more time for fun things to Do in New Braunfels!

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Samantha Sanchez

Samantha Sanchez

Samantha is a UNATION team member and author of the Stuff to Do City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do near you, subscribe for updates and follow be sure to follow us on social!