New Braunfels, TX
There is more to do than just what is referenced below but these are some of the places that we frequent and would recommend. Don’t be afraid to try something that’s not on this list and let us know if we should add something! If you are Staying at River Run, much of downtown is easily accessible by walking but map it first! Waterwheel is pretty close to Tin Top, Pats Place, and Rheas if you want to walk as well.
Food and Beverage
Downtown NB- Casual Food and Drinks –
Krause’s– A traditional German biergarten. Plenty of seating with 2 large patio areas, very kid friendly, good food with German and traditional American options with a great beer menu. If you are in town on a Saturday, this is our go-to brunch spot because the parking lot also hosts the amazing New Braunfels Farmers market from 9-1. There is typically live music on the second outdoor patio. Our favorite food booth there is Christelle’s Culinary Corner , serving authentic Haitian and Asian Fusions.
Muck N Fuss– Burgers, tacos, great draft beer menu, indoor and outdoor seating
Phoenix Saloon– Scriven’s favorite burger in town, and chili that has been featured on the food network. Phoenix is primarily indoors and does play live music at night and turns to a bar. If you are taking kids, go earlier in the afternoon. If you are kid free it’s a great place to start the evening with a burger and a beer with live music, and you’ll be in the middle of downtown.
Score’s Sports Bar– Burgers, Sandwiches, very quality bar food. Pool tables and many TVs.
Downtown Social– Menu has everything from pizza to salads, Multiple TVs, ping pong tables, shuffleboard, pool, a few bowling lanes. Great place to hang out and get some air conditioning after a long day at the river or the pool. It does become 21 and up at some point at night but kids can have plenty of fun before that
2 Tarts bakery– Featured on the food network, this bakery has simple breakfast items like kolaches and empanadas, and amazing baked goods like cupcakes, cookies, tortes, and great coffee. They stay open late so it’s a great option for a late-night snack after dinner or bar hopping.
Cravings– local lunch spot with sandwiches and soups. Simple and very good!
Tin Top Burgers/ Rhea’s Ice Cream– great burgers and beer selection with a small outdoor seating area and playscape for the little ones, and local ice cream shop, Rheas, shares the building for something sweet after dinner
Spud Ranch– Great option for pick up to bring back to the condo- tons of options for huge loaded baked potatoes (brisket, quesadilla, chicken fried steak, etc.), and they have awesome burgers on Texas toast!
Pat’s Place– long time staple for traditional burger and fry joint
Union Street Station– breakfast and lunch diner right around the corner
7 Monks Cafe- Indian and mediterranean food that is super awesome and authentic
Downtown NB- Nicer Dining- *Don’t worry, in NB you can still wear shorts and dress casual at even the fanciest places.
Macadoos– Very nice cajun style seafood joint/ oyster bar in one of the coolest buildings in town that used to be the post office. They have great brunch on the weekends that includes a build your own Bloody Mary bar.
Myron’s Steakhouse– Next door to Macadoos, and a very well-known steak house. Myrons has won awards over many steak houses that encompass the entire San Antonio area so if you want to get out and have a nice steak dinner or lobster you won’t be disappointed!
Huisache Grill– This place is one of our go-to staples. Moderately priced for high quality food. They have a great courtyard area so you can grab some beer or a bottle of wine while you wait on your table. Huisache is beer and wine only but with a great selection. Try the mixed grill if you are a hungry carnivore!
Downtowner– In the mornings and early afternoon this place is more of a traditional diner with good food, and at night they transform to a more adventurous rotating menu with great cocktails
Downtown NB- Bars
Pour Haus– right next door to downtown social, it’s a primarily outdoor bar with live music and 2 bars and live music. This place is a must if you have never been and want to have some drinks outside. They often have a food trailer, but you can pop in to downtown social if you are hungry
Sidecar– Speakeasy style cocktail lounge under Prince Solms Inn/ next to Muck N Fuss.
Moonshine & Ale– If you are out late, consider ending here. It’s a traditional Piano cover song bar. It is loud, fun, and always has a good crowd.
The Faust– old school hotel with restaurant and in-house brewed beer. Down the street from the hotel there is a brewery tasting room that has limited hours
New Braunfels Brewing Company– Small Brewery right across from Macadoos. Its mostly sour beers, and a small building, but it’s a neat place to pop in before you go eat somewhere or head to the other bars
*Scores, Phoenix, Callaghan’s, Black Whale Pub are all also on that same street and good options for drinks in the downtown area
*Coffee shops- 2 tarts, Le Citron, Crosswalk Coffeehouse, New Braunfels Coffee, Scoop Street (Scoop street also has beer, gelato, floats AND “Boozie floats”)
Gruene- Food and Beverage Gruene is a quick 5 min drive from the condo
Grist Mill– Very cool old building with tons of indoor and outdoor seating. Biggest tourist destination for eating in Gruene but a very neat spot overlooking the Guadalupe River. I recommend the Tenderloin sandwich!
Mozie’s- This is some of the best bar food in town, and great drinks. Fish tacos, sandwiches, etc.
Cantina Del Rio– Primarily outdoor patio style restaurant with fish tacos, fajitas, burgers.
Gruene Hall– Oldest dancehall in TX! Tons of history and tons of fun! Even great live music during the day, but at night you’ll likely need to have bought tickets in advance or wait in line. Beer and Wine/ CASH ONLY
Gruene River Grill– Similar to Grist Mill as it’s large beautiful building with a great patio and large menu
Naturally Café– if you want something healthy while you are in town for breakfast/ lunch or you just love good quality food look no further. Sandwiches, salads, soups, and the best quiche in town.
Gruene Door– The most “upscale” dining in Gruene with delicious lunch and dinner options. They do weekend brunch sometimes as well
River House– Very high-quality American food. Small menu but always good!
Adobe Verde– Good ole’ tex mex place with kid play place
Inferno’s Wood Fired Pizza– Great pizza place! Nothing more needs to be said.
Grapevine– Beer and wine, primarily outdoor with great atmosphere and typically live music
Gruene Grove– Really cool outdoor beer garden with live music. Great place to hang out while you wait for a table at the Gruene door or watch some good music and have some drinks
Villa at Gruene– New nice building overlooking a small vineyard with local wine and beer
Gruene Tini’s– Martini bar across from Gruene door. Great place to go get a drink before dinner if you are going to eat at Gruene door
Tavern in the Gruene– popular local spot. Large dive bar with a back patio and music
*Other notables in Gruene- Great coffee at Kora Kora or Gruene Coffee Haus… There is also a Rheas ice cream, Gruene general store, there are several shops down both main roads, and look online but there are frequently market days and festivals on the weekends that are always fun
Food and Beverage In other parts of New Braunfels
Black’s BBQ- Black’s is a very famous staple from Lockhart TX, and their second location is right here in NB.
Cooper’s – Another Texas Staple and one of their best locations is here in town.
Rudy’s- Regional BBQ Chain but always consistent
*Other BBQ options- New Braunfels Smokehouse, Bill Miller, Smoky Mo’s
Mexican food and Tacos
Dos Rios– more expensive and upscale but worth it. Best fajitas in town, great cocktails
La Cosecha- Mexico City style upscale food. Like Dos Rios, its expensive and worth it. Probably the best margarita in town as well
Casa Garcia’s & Los Fontana’s are our 2 favorite Casual Tex Mex/ Mexican food stops, and Casa Garcia’s is our Go-to for breakfast tacos (great corn and flour tortillas)
Herbert’s– Decent Mexican food and the best atmosphere of all of the Mexican food places with a large patio, big playscape, and live music
*Other breakfast taco spots- Los Gallo’s (huge tacos, near the condo), El Napolito, and If you aren’t in a hurry and want to take a pretty drive- Comal County Tacos on 46 W is worth it.
Inferno’s, New York Pizza Pub, Stouts, Fox’s Pizza are our most frequented spots. Callaghan’s pub also has good pizza and pizza rolls, and Downtown Social’s is good too
Other Restaurants & Drinkeries to note
Above Ground Pizza – Pizza joint on the North end of town. Jimmy, the owner, puts some serious love in his work and never disappoints!
The Reel- Nice seafood restaurant with a good weekend brunch (confirm brunch hours online)
Buttermilk Café- our favorite breakfast spot. Prepare to wait in line but it’s worth it
Fork & Spoon- Breakfast/ lunch joint with a German bakery in front.
Texas Bistro- Upscale American eatery with great quality food.
Pollo Rico- Not far from waterwheel if you want quick take out. This place doesn’t look like much, but their chicken meal is one of my favorite quick pick-ups! (comes with Char grilled whole or half chicken in a build your own taco set up with grilled onion, salsa, beans, rice, tortillas)
Thai Lao Orchid– If you like Thai food this is our favorite one in town! Try the clay pot or curry.
Freiheit country store– Old school burger joint with one of the best burgers in town (some would say this is THE best burger in town- I just prefer Phoenix because its close and downtown)
Guadalupe brewing- This is our favorite brewery in town. It has great beer, an awesome food truck, and is kid friendly with live music.
Dry Comal Creek Winery- winery on a beautiful property in a big spacious and grassy park. Call ahead to find out if they will have a food truck
5 Stones Brewing- Not far from Dry Comal if you want to do a double stop!
River Road Icehouse- Live music and events most weekends.
Lone star Float House & Grill- on the Guadalupe. Great spot to post up in the water and eat and drink while you watch tubers go by
Festivals and Events around NB-
check out https://www.playinnewbraunfels.com/events/ to see if there is anything going on locally during your stay or help plan your next one! Some of the notables in the area are:
Wurstfest– https://wurstfest.com/ A New Braunfels staple that takes place for 10 days and encompasses the first 2 weekends in November annually. German Music, Food, Beer, Rides- Our own local version of Octoberfest!
Wein and Saengerfest– Typically the first Saturday in May (double check online). They rope off all traffic from downtown New Braunfels and open it up for retail booths, crafts, music, beer, etc.
Wassailfest– The annual Wassailfest celebration is held on the first Thursday of December and features food, shopping, wassail sampling, and entertainment. Stroll through the streets of Downtown New Braunfels sipping warm wassail and see what your local merchants have to offer for your holiday gift giving needs.
New Braunfels Main Plaza Christmas Tree lighting– Typically the Friday before Thanksgiving, we shut out traffic from downtown to come together as a community to light up the plaza, invite Santa and first responders to come through, and enjoy an evening downtown!
Gruene Market Days– this tradition has been held every month except January for over 30 years and features nearly 100 artisans offering handmade items made by the vendors themselves, including uniquely crafted items and packaged Texas foods. There is free parking and admission and free live entertainment. While you are Gruene Historic District enjoy specialty shopping, wine tasting, unique dining, live entertainment, other events and river rides. Visit www.gruenetexas.com for additional info. 3rd weekend of every month!
Floating the river- There are many options to float the Comal or the Guadalupe as you are located near both. Check with a few of the outfitters or online before you plan- There are constantly changing rules about what is allowed on the river (frequently there is a ban on cans and plastic)
The Guadalupe River is a beautiful float with many options for different durations based on where you enter and Exit. The final exit on the Guadalupe is just past Waterwheel Complex! Rockin R https://rockinr.com/ is my suggestion to look in to for anything on the Guadalupe from floating to rafting. They also offer some Comal options and a shuttle service!
The downside on the Guadalupe is if the river is running quick, slow, high, or low it can change the experience so I would call and ask rockin R. If it is going fast or if its really low it is a little less kid friendly due to either more rapids or hitting your bum/ catching your tube in the rocks when it’s low.
The Comal River is an awesome short river that goes right through town. You’ll float right by Schlitterbahn and there are just 2 tube chutes/ rapids and other than that it’s peaceful and easy. You have several outfits that float the comal and I like Texas Tubes and Landa Falls because both offer transportation from where you enter the river and they are the 2 longest floats on the Comal. If you are staying at River run, the easiest route is to walk next door to Texas Tubes! Here are some of the many options.
- Landa Falls- 830-627-1440 http://landafalls.com/
- Corner Tubes- 830-626-6687 https://cornertubes.com/
- Texas Tubes – 830- 626-9900 https://www.texastubes.com/
Floating with no outfitter – You can bring your own tubes but I personally think it’s worth the money to float through an outfitter. On the comal you can hop in at River Run and get out at the last free exit, which is on Union Street right after Schlitterbahn, but you’ll need to arrange transportation back to the condo. I wouldn’t recommend floating with no outfitter on the Guadalupe if you are staying on the comal.
Parks & Outdoor Activities in New Braunfels
Schlitterbahn– If you have kids, there is a good chance this is why you are here. It is right down the road and needs no introduction. https://www.schlitterbahn.com/new-braunfels/tickets
Landa Park– Large park with several playgrounds, plenty of walking space, train rides, paddle boating, etc. At the edge of the park is Panther Canyon nature trail for a beautiful short nature hike
Hinman Island Park– Public Park on the Comal just upstream from the Tube Chute
Fischer Park- Newest park in town, and has some water features for the kids
Fair Park / Cypress bend park / River Acres Park- All are just down the road from the condo and have river access. You can bike to and around cypress bend and Fair park.
Golf Courses- Landa Park, The Bandit, Kissing Tree (San Marcos)- There are several options in San Antonio and Austin as well so contact us if you want some more golf info.
Other Attractions around New Braunfels
Whitewater Amphitheatre- This amazing outdoor concert venue is only 25 minutes down the road, and they host amazing musicians! Check out the schedule to see if anyone you like is playing while you are in town. https://www.whitewaterrocks.com/ .
Texas Ski Ranch- Cable pulled wakeboarding park, skate park, trampoline park, axe throwing, great restaurant up top (Silver Spoon), and large “board shop” to peruse the seasons summer- wear. https://www.texasskiranch.com/
Snake Farm (aka Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo)- Small zoo in South New Braunfels- Very educational with great reviews https://www.awsfzoo.com/
Natural Bridge Caverns & Wildlife Park- Awesome Cave about 20 minutes down the road. If you get a rainy day or want to take a break from the sun this is a great option! There is a drive thru Wildlife park as well. https://naturalbridgecaverns.com/
Santikos or EVO- Two separate large indoor entertainment facilities in the Cibolo/ Schertz area (10 min down the road). They are 2 separate facilities but between the 2 of them you’ll find arcades, bowling, movie theatres, sports bar, lazer tag, etc
San Marcos- San Marcos is only 15 minutes away and is home to the large outlet malls if you want to get some shopping done, but San Marcos also has a plethora of awesome restaurants and bars downtown, 2 beautiful rivers, several breweries, and is home to the Texas State University campus- Eat em up cats!
Canyon Lake- Canyon lake is a beautiful clear lake that’s only 25 minutes away. Google “boat rentals canyon lake” for many options to enjoy the lake. The marina offers rentals with a guide for motorized boats and rentals on kayaks, paddle boards, etc
Wimberley, San Antonio, Austin- All are 45 min or less away with endless fun. You can even catch a Spurs game and be back at the condo without much hassle! If you are feeling real adventurous Fredericksburg is less than an hour and a half away