It’s “Back to the Future” in New Braunfels, Texas, as a favorite summer vacation destination for Texans, blessed with spring rains, celebrates getting back to a longtime Texas tradition.
“Texans have cooled off in New Braunfels and the Hill Country forever,” said Judy Young, Greater New Braunfels Convention & Visitors Bureau director. “This year we were able to offer some spectacular and unique whitewater rafting on the Guadalupe Riverand with the release from Canyon Reservoir cutting back to 400 cubic feet per second Thursday, July 2, we expect good conditions for tubing over the Fourth of July holiday. We’re hoping the weather will hold and that rate will continue for the rest of the summer. Visitors should always check with a river outfitter for flow rates on both the Guadalupe and the Comal – they know the rivers and provide briefings on where to go and how to have a great time and be safe.”
In addition to tubing below Canyon Reservoir, other water recreation opportunities in New Braunfels and “the Hill Country Coast,” include boating and fishing at Canyon Reservoir and many smaller lakes in the area and water recreation on the Guadalupe River above the reservoir.
“The Guadalupe River upstream from Canyon Lake is a little known gem,” said Mike Dussere, general manager of the Water Oriented Recreation District. “After years of drought, it is flowing at more than 800 cfs and can take you on a picturesque journey of nature at its finest. Canyon Lake is full and all county boat ramps and marinas are open. The Guadalupe River from the lake on down is seeing the best tubing floats in years. Don’t miss out on the perfect vacation.”
Schlitterbahn Water Park in New Braunfels offers acres of water fun – it’s recognized as a Top Ten Water Park in the U.S. by CNN Travel and it’s been voted the World’s Best Waterpark for years. The Texas Ski Ranch offers skiing and wakeboarding on the biggest cable lake in Texas.
“There are lots of great Fourth of July activities to enjoy and we have some unique things to enjoy through the summer this year – a new drive in theater and bat flights out of Bracken Cave,” said Young. “Many other local attractions provide a variety of fun things to do for all age groups. We also have the broadest array of accommodationsand dining options in the Texas Hill Country. We’re looking forward to a great summer in New Braunfels.”
Showing current releases on three screens with two first run movies for the price of one, the new Stars and Stripes Drive In theater is taking everyone “Back to the Future” for a memory-making family experience. Natural Bridge Caverns is offering Bat Flights. This cooperative effort with the Bat Conservancy allows a rare opportunity to see the emergence of the world’s largest bat colony – millions of free-tailed bats spiraling out of Bracken Cave on their nightly hunt for insects.
“Like” the In New Braunfels and Hill Country Coast Facebook pages to keep up with what’s happening and maybe win prizes including opportunities to enjoy New Braunfels and Hill Country attractions like:
- Fourth of July Fireworks & Activities
- Guadalupe River
- Comal River
- Texas Ski Ranch
- Natural Bridge Caverns
- Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch
- Gruene Hall
- Texas Hill Country Wineries
- The Gruene Historic District
- Landa Park
- Canyon Lake and the Hill Country Coast
Vacationing in New Braunfels and the Hill Country Coast is family friendly, economical and easy to get to – by car it’s located right on IH-35 between Austin and San Antonio or you can fly into either city for the short drive to New Braunfels.
The Greater New Braunfels Convention & Visitors Bureau website makes it easy to plan a vacation with visitor information likeAccommodations, Attractions and Dining up front and center. For more information see www.playinnewbraunfels.com or call 800-572-2626.
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