New Braunfels residents love that the town provides so much to see and do while still maintaining a great culture and small town feel. This weekend is no exception; there are a variety of different “things” happening in and around town. No need to research, five of the best fun things to do in New Braunfels this weekend are described below. Hopefully this list will make planning a perfect Texas Hill Country weekend a little easier!
1. Peruse Local Wares At The New Braunfels Farmer’s Market
Keeping it fresh for New Braunfels residents, the New Braunfels Farmers Market is open every Saturday, year-round, rain or shine, and this week is no exception! With over 70 vendors to browse, this five-year-old market has seen substantial growth over the years. Offering up everything from locally grown produce and pasture raised meats to handcrafted wares and unique gifts made by local artisans, it’s no wonder they are gaining popularity. But it’s not just goods that keep people coming back for more. The New Braunfels Farmer’s Market serves up mouthwatering breakfast items from participating vendors, while supplying the entertainment of live music. What better way to enjoy the outdoors, meet up with friends, and shop local- all at the same time?!
When: Saturdays, 9 am – 1 pm
Where: 186 S Castell Ave
2. Go On a Date Night- And Leave the Kids at Landa
Looking for a night out sans kiddos? You’re in luck. If your kids are between the ages of 4 and 14, Landa Recreation Center has you covered. Giving kids a chance to be active, make friends, and win prizes, Landa’s Kids’ Night Out program provides a safe, supervised environment for little ones while parents get the chance to get away for a bit. Activities for the night include board games, arts and crafts, snacks, and more. Don’t forget to call and register!
When: Saturday, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Where: Landa Recreation Center, 164 Landa Park Drive
3. Sip a Smoothie at Naturally
Opened by a busy mom of two in an effort to “offer healthy alternatives to those needing breakfast and lunch away from home”, this hidden gem of an eatery offers up smoothies, salads, sandwiches, quiche, desserts and many other great treats. But it’s not your traditional sandwich and smoothie joint. Here you’ll find aguas frescas, blended juices, and a menu that presents options for those with conventional diets as well as vegans and vegetarians. With juice a day suggestions and smoothies with names like Chunky Monkey and Beach Dreams, you should probably let your taste buds know that they are in for a treat. But don’t be surprised if it’s packed… this is a place that has everyone coming back for more!
When: M-Sat 9:30-3
Where: 494 N Seguin Ave
4. Let the Kids Spend Their Christmas Money at Got Toys Gruene
With a selection of toys you won’t find in a traditional toy store, this quaint little four-room cottage is getting rave reviews from review sites like Yelp. For the young shoppers, goodies for all pretty princesses and rugged young fellows decorate the shelves of the first room of the store. For the “young at heart”, the second room of the store will give you a good giggle as you find an assortment of coffee mugs with witty sayings, bacon toothpastes, coffin purses, lunch tins, and all kinds of things geared towards the older “kids”. The third room? Well, it is filled with books and candy, of course! Finally, in the last room- the one where you will checkout- you’ll find a variety of kits and goodies for crafting, experimenting, tinkering, etc. as well as tin toys, little goodies, and trinkets. What kid (….or adult) wouldn’t love a store like that?!
When: M-TH 10:30-6, Fri 10:30-7, Sat 10:00 am - 7:00 pm, Sun 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Where: 1714 Hunter Rd
5. Enjoy the Weather on the Patio of Oma Gruene’s Secret Garten
If the name of the place itself conjures visions of bratwurst, great beer, and a lovely, secluded outdoor area; you would be imagining it correctly. Oma Gruene’s, less than a block off Gruene Road, serves up plates such as The Kraut Dog and The Bratwurst Plate, and yes, it does have a patio full of picnic tables- that you can bring your dog to. And your kids. Sit at a one of those picnic tables to enjoy live music by some great local bands and you may just feel the weight of the world slipping away. Not into German food? No worries, this beer garden also serves fantastic sandwiches, made with bread from Naegelin's Bakery. And don’t forget the beer selection. With local beers on draft, craft beer lovers may just find their new spot.
When: Thurs & Friday: 3pm-12 am, Sat & Sunday: 12pm- 12 am
Where: 1263 Gruene Rd