New Braunfels Tourist Attractions
30 mi. north-east of San Antonio on I 35 is New Braunfels, founded by German settlers in 1845. At the beginning of November each year it is the scene of the ten-day Wurstfest (Sausage Festival). Even more popular as a spectacle is the unusual sight of people floating down a 21.2 mi. stretch of the Comal River squeezed into an inflated innertube. Further diversions of a similar kind will be found at the vast "Schlitterbahn" water park.
Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture
Heritage Village is the home of the Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture, housed in the 1858 Breustedt House. The museum displays furniture crafted by the German tischlermeisters (cabinet masters) who immigrated to the Texas Hill Country 1845-1880. Outbuildings include a cabinetmakers shop, The Reininger Cabin, and the Breustedt kitchen.Annually during the month of April, Heritage Village hosts historic Kindermasken Parade, a children's costume event dating to early New Braunfels. Kindermasken kicks off Folkfest, a two-day family heritage event that includes period demonstrations and reenactments, ethnic dancing, German food and many fun children's activities.
McKenna Children's Museum (Formerly the Children's Museum in New Braunfels)
McKenna Children's Museum offers a variety of interactive displays designed to entertain and educate children. Exhibits include a TV studio and puppet palace, among others.
Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort
Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark has Sand Castle Cove with a five-story water fun house, slides, tunnel chutes, uphill water coasters and the world's largest surfing ride.
The Sophienburg Museum depicts the history of the town and the life of the town's founder, Prince Car of Solms-Braunfels.
Address: 401 West Coll Street, New Braunfels, TX 78130-5618, United States
Opening hours: 10am-4pm; Closed: Sun, Mon
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), American Independance Day (Jul 4), Thanksgiving - USA (4th Thursday, Nov), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25), Christmas Eve - Christian (Dec 24), New Year's Eve (Dec 31), Good Friday - Christian
Entrance fee in USD: Adult $5.00, Child 18 & under $2.00, Child 12 & under $1.00, Child 5 & under FREE
Disability Access: Full facilities for persons with disabilities.
Facilities: Gift shop