More Than Toobing: Other Summer Hot Spots in New Braunfels

Did you know? New Braunfels has more to offer than just a float down the river! From dancing to movies, and children’s museums to vineyards, this list should help you fill the summer time with memories.

Gruene Hall

You hear about it all the time, and that’s because this legendary place just keeps proving itself to be one of the greatest places in Texas! Built in 1878, Gruene Hall is Texas’ oldest continually operating dance hall and hasn’t changed much of its aesthetic since its first days. This 6,000 square foot wooden dance hall books some of the most famous acts in the world () and paves the way for younger acts to make a name for themselves. Gruene Hall is a cornerstone for locals to come for fun and laughter. Gruene Hall is a great summer spot for a guaranteed good time!

Where: 1281 Gruene Rd

Summer Hours: Opens at 11:00 AM, check website for show start times.

Stars and Stripes Drive-In Theatre

For that fun, retro, romantic idea of Summer, look no further than Stars and Stripes Drive-In Theatre! Bring your family and friends to enjoy a double feature, great food, cool cars, and the cool nighttime weather. Be a part of reclaiming this unique part of American history by going to see a film in a new and fun way. Plus, the prices here are too good to be true! Food is cheap and tickets for a double feature are $8 for adults and $5 for children age 4-11. Get the minivan filled with kiddos, pack out the bed of the truck with friends, or plan a date under the stars and make summertime memories that you will remember for a long time. For movie times check out their website.

Where: 1178 Kroesche Ln

Summer Hours: Gates open at 6:30. Check website for movie times.

Gruene Historic District Shopping

If you're in town visiting New Braunfels or just want to go browse around at some great shops, make a plan to check out the shops in the Gruene Historic District!

If you're looking for antiques? Black Swan Antiques has beautiful furniture, porcelain, stoneware, copper, bottles, and books shipped straight from Europe. Fickle Pickles has wonderful southern style antiques and, believe it or not, one of the best pickle recipes you’ve ever tasted. Gruene Antique Company is a huge store featuring great gifts and collectibles and is a landmark building from 1903 with its original bank vault.

McKenna Children Museum

Looking for something to occupy the kids this summer while you are at work? How great would it be if they could continue learning throughout the summer? Look no further! The McKenna Children Museum has loads of fun events to offer. Discover a world of art and creativity, science and technology, culture, health, and history with several educational exhibits designed to stimulate learning and encourage imagination. The children’s museum provides a unique and magical hands-on environment to help kids learn while having fun. 

Where: 801 W San Antonio St

Summer Hours: Monday - Saturday 10:00AM - 5:00PM (Closed Sunday)

Dry Comal Creek Vineyards

Dry Comal Creek Vineyards is an award-winning, family-owned, boutique wine producer right in our very own New Braunfels. The first vines here were planted when Franklin Houser decided to retire from his law practice in 1992, and in 1998 the first wine was produced alongside a tasting room. Dry Comal Creek makes Texas wine, meaning the climate and soil primarily dictate how the wine tastes, giving it a unique and special flavor for everyone to enjoy. Texas Style emphasizes fruit-forward taste with soft tannins, “flower” where applicable, mouthfeel, and smoothness. 

The Tasting Room is open from noon to 5:00 PM all week and prices vary based on the experience you want. The types of wines include dry white, demo-sweet, red, reserve, sparkling wine and ports and their featured wine at the moment is a 2011 Black Spanish red. 

Where: 1741 Herbelin Rd

Summer Hours: Noon - 5:00PM

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