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Popular amenities for New Braunfels vacation rentals

Stay near New Braunfels's top sights

Schlitterbahn Waterpark New Braunfels436 locals recommend
Gruene Hall367 locals recommend
Gristmill River Restaurant & Bar211 locals recommend
Gruene173 locals recommend
Landa Park Pool120 locals recommend
Huisache Grill101 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in New Braunfels

  • Total rentals

    1K properties

  • Nightly prices starting at

    $10 before taxes and fees

  • Total number of reviews

    36K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    770 properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    350 properties allow pets

  • Rentals with a pool

    520 properties have a pool

Your guide to New Braunfels

All About New Braunfels

New Braunfels, located by the cold spring rivers of Guadalupe and Comal, is a small Texan town, but by no means typical. Founded by a German prince in 1845, the area has a unique culture derived from its heritage as a German colony, with German nomenclature and influences visible in the town’s local businesses and 19th-century buildings. Cultural quirks aside, the main draws of the area include the aforementioned Guadalupe and Comal Rivers, which attract visitors for their clear, cool waters — great for rafting, tubing, and kayaking. The town’s outer reaches are filled with campgrounds, vineyards, and cabins, and Landa Park, on the shores of the Comal River, features sprawling trails, a miniature train, paddle boats, and lush scenery.

New Braunfels’ Gruene District is a Nationally Registered Historic District, where you can dine in a 19th-century cotton gin, or enjoy live music at one of the oldest dance halls in Texas. The town is also home to several museums, such as the Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture, showcasing artisan pieces from local craftsmen through history, and McKenna Children's Museum, an interactive kids’ attraction that teaches children about space and technology.


The best time to stay in a vacation rental in New Braunfels

The best times to consider a vacation rental in New Braunfels are the months of August through November. The temperatures are warm but not uncomfortably hot, and accommodations are usually at more reasonable prices than during the spring and summer. Wurstfest, in November, is one of New Braunfels’ longest running annual festivals. A celebration of German culture, sausages, and breweries, Wurstfest promotes local eateries and crafts, letting visitors try on traditional clothes and enjoy the various interpretations of German wurst sausages. In addition, Wassailfest is New Braunfels’ own take on the traditional German festival. It’s named after wassail, a hot drink made from mulled cider and spices. Guests can wander through vendor stalls with a collector’s mug, sample local food, and watch holiday celebrations with cider in hand.


Top things to do in New Braunfels

Tube the Comal River

The Comal River is an integral part of life in New Braunfels, with many different stores and operators offering tubes to float down the river. It’s a great way to spend the afternoon, floating for a few miles with a soft drink or snack. Shuttles are available at the end of the tubing route to ferry tubers back to the start, but the walk back is also easily manageable.

Schlitterbahn

Consistently recommended as an exceptional water park and one of New Braunfels’ great attractions, Schlitterbahn offers a variety of aquatic attractions such as water slides, gargantuan pools, obstacle courses, and a waterside playground for younger guests. The majority of the pools are comfortably heated, and food options range from barbecue, burgers, and traditional fairground food.

New Braunfels Railroad Museum

The New Braunfels Railroad Museum, also known as the New Braunfels Historic Railroad and Modelers Society, is an organization and show space dedicated to preserving railroad history, from preserved artifacts and photographs to the celebration of various model trains. Amtrak trains pass by twice a day, and the museum interior showcases a variety of running model trains on dioramas and tracks.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in New Braunfels?

    New Braunfels typically experiences a humid subtropical climate. Summers are hot and humid with temperatures around 95°F (35°C), while winters are mild and cooler with temperatures averaging 60°F (16°C). It gets most of its rainfall in May and October.

  • What are some of the best things to do in New Braunfels?

    Visitors in New Braunfels often enjoy floating down the Comal and Guadalupe Rivers, exploring the Natural Bridge Caverns, stepping back in time at the Gruene Historic District, or indulging in local cuisine at the farmers market on Saturdays.

  • What is the best time of year to visit New Braunfels?

    The most popular time to visit New Braunfels is during summer, particularly from May to August, when the weather is ideal for outdoor activities and water sports. It's also the time for Wurstfest, a ten-day festival in November celebrating German culture and food.

  • What are the best places to stay in New Braunfels?

    Frequently suggested areas to stay in New Braunfels include the downtown area for its proximity to local shops and restaurants, Gruene for its historic charm, and near the Guadalupe and Comal Rivers for water activities and nature experiences.

  • What are the best places to visit in New Braunfels?

    Popular places to visit in New Braunfels include the Historic Gruene District, home to Texas' oldest dance hall, Landa Park, Schlitterbahn Waterpark, and the New Braunfels Railroad Museum.

  • What are some hiking trails in New Braunfels?

    New Braunfels has several hiking trails such as the Panther Canyon Nature Trail in Landa Park, the 5-mile (8 km) loop at Fischer Park, and the trails at Guadalupe River State Park, located within easy access of the city.

  • What are some family activities to do in New Braunfels?

    Families often explore the McKenna Children's Museum, spend a day at Animal World and Snake Farm Zoo, tube along the Comal River, or enjoy the outdoors at Landa Park, which has picnic spots, a mini train, and paddle boats.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in New Braunfels?

    Popular day trips from New Braunfels include a visit to San Antonio's River Walk, just 32 miles (51 km) away, exploring the natural wonders of the Natural Bridge Caverns, or experiencing the Wildflower Trail in Fredericksburg during spring.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in New Braunfels?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 430 vacation rentals in New Braunfels featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

  • Are there pet-friendly vacation rentals in New Braunfels?

    Four-legged friends are welcome in New Braunfels. Choose from more than 350 vacation rentals for guests traveling with pets.

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