New Braunfels is a German settlement town that has kept many German traditions and festivals close to its heart. There Octoberfest brings people from all over the US. It has been a staple in New Braunfels for decades and the clothes are traditional.
New Braunfels is also the home to 3 German bakeries that are simply delightful and after one visit you will be returning. The restaurants are a little plain, there are two German restaurants, 2 barbque (they are ok but very popular), and the standard American chain style restaurants thrown in.
There is a large outlet mall for those who feel the need to shop. The Schlitterbahn is one of the largest waterparks in the US and has something for all ages. Across the street is the water shute, you rent tubes and go to the far end of the input area, jump in the water preferrably on your tube. The water speeds up and shoots you through a cement tube, lots of fun.
The there is the well known river tubing on the Comal or Guadalupe rivers. A 3 hour river tour ends up taking all day! You can tube, kayak or raft, there is camping along the river and it is a huge summer activity in these parts. Tubing can be a party-filled experience with many people bring ample cooler space filled with their favorite adult beverage. If you go tubing take a couple bags of large marshmellows, when things get quiet and slow people around you will open the marshmellows, soak them in water and then start throwing them at each other. It is great messy fun that turns the water white and drive the fish to the surface for the food.
New Braunfels is a nice town and a good place to get supplies. It is on the state road 46 that is perfect for I 10 traffic that dont want to drive through that crazy San Antonio. State road 46 is a pleasant drive through the country from Seguin to Boern with no traffic problems.
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