New Braunfels, the county seat of Comal County, is at the confluence of the Guadalupe and Comal rivers and the intersection of Interstate Highway 35 and Farm Road 725, thirty miles northeast of San Antonio and forty-five miles southwest of Austin near the southeastern border of the county.
It was founded on March 21, 1845, when, under the auspices of the Adelsverein, Nicolaus Zink led a German immigrant wagon train up the Guadalupe River to the ford of the San Antonio-Nacogdoches road. They made camp at a site on Comal Creek (now Dry Comal Creek) chosen by Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels, the first commissioner general of the Adelsverein, and promptly organized to receive later arrivals. Zink platted the preliminary town and farm lots and supervised the construction of a primitive stockade, the Zinkenburg, to protect the immigrants against allegedly cannibalistic Indians.
Within weeks Prince Solms had laid the cornerstone for a more permanent fort and headquarters for the immigrant association, the Sophienburg (now the Sophienburg Museum ), made provision for supplying the burgeoning settlement through its first summer on the frontier, and handed leadership of the colony over to John O. Meusebach. By summer the settlers numbered between 300 and 400, and the community had been incorporated under the name of Prince Solms’s estate on the Lahn River in western Germany, Braunfels. From 1846 until the 1880s a number of Hispanics and Lipan Indians moved into New Braunfels each spring during sheep-shearing season.
Taking advantage of the reliable water power afforded by Comal Springs and the community’s position on the road between Austin and San Antonio, the settlers wasted little time establishing the supply and processing businesses-stores, millworks, and craft shops-that soon made New Braunfels the commercial center of a growing agricultural area.
Many immigrants brought artisanal skills as well as business acumen to their new home. Within a decade of its founding, New Braunfels had emerged as a manufacturing center supplying wagons, farm implements, leather goods, furniture, and clothing for pioneers settling the hills of Central Texas. The town also figured as an important market for the expanding agricultural frontier. Its markets supplied places as close as Bastrop and Victoria and as far away as New Orleans, New York, and the Nassau province of Germany. It is reported that in 1850 New Braunfels was the fourth largest town in Texas.
In the twentieth century, New Braunfels added tourism to its major industries. The replacement of water and steam with electrical power in the late 1800s made land along the Comal and Guadalupe rivers within the city limits available for public use. By 1936 the city had reserved much of this land for parks by purchasing Cypress Bend and Landa parks. Landa Park had first opened in 1899 as a private resort area, and, promoted by the International-Great Northern Railroad, had begun to develop as a tourist destination for weekend excursions from San Antonio.
Tourism in New Braunfels accelerated in the decades following World War II, when Interstate Highway 35 was completed and when local merchants and investors began to capitalize on the natural and historic attractions offered by the city and its environs, particularly the recreational potential of the Guadalupe River and, after 1964, of Canyon Lake. The opening of Natural Bridge Caverns and the Wurstfest, a German-heritage celebration, in the early 1960s also facilitated the growth of a tourist industry that by the mid-1980s supported some thirty hotels and motels, as well as resort condominiums, around the city and Canyon Lake. (source)
Discover a world of art and creativity, science and technology, culture, health, and history. Welcome to the McKenna Children’s Museum, a collection of educational exhibits designed to stimulate learning and encourage imagination. McKenna developed this unique and magical hands-on environment to provide the tools that help nurture your child’s overall well-being. Children explore in a safe and secure space while parents share the magic of learning. Exhibits include areas of science and technology, healthy eating habits, art and culture, gardening, and so much more. We can even host and create the perfect theme for your child’s birthday party. There’s no better place than the McKenna Children’s Museum to let imaginations run wild.
Schlitterbahn New Braunfels is on every summer bucket list for things to do near San Antonio or across the great state of Texas. The World’s Best Waterpark provides a staggering variety of river rides, pools, waterslides, and adventures from mild to wild. With four distinct sections, any single area of Schlitterbahn is as large as most regional waterparks. Every section contains a swim-up bar, not-so lazy river, a children’s area, and unique signature attractions.
Schlitterbahn New Braunfels Waterpark Resort has become a summer vacation destination for many families. With seven distinct accommodation styles and room types ranging from a basic hotel room to a multi-room vacation home, Schlitterbahn’s resort is ready to host your family. Stay during the water park season and enjoy waterpark admission included in your reservation. The Resort is open for year-round fun in the beautiful Texas Hill Country.
The Comal River is a beautiful spring-fed river that has drawn visitors and vacationers to New Braunfels, Texas, for generations. People come from as close as San Antonio and as far as Germany to float the Comal! The headwaters of the Comal River spring up from the Edwards Aquifer in New Braunfels’ beautiful Landa Park.
The Comal River provides a tubing experience unlike any other! Tubing on the Comal River starts near the Wurstfest grounds before passing through Downtown New Braunfels. Tubers then float past Schlitterbahn Waterpark and eventually join the Guadalupe River. Several New Braunfels river outfitters offer tube, canoe, and kayak rentals for visitors seeking to enjoy recreation on the cool, refreshing waters of the Comal River.
Compared to the Guadalupe River, the Comal River is known for its shorter float, calmer waters, and of course the famous tube chute! This giant concrete waterslide lies just downriver from Prince Solms Park and is one of the biggest attractions in New Braunfels from March to September.
The Comal River in New Braunfels is the shortest river in Texas and one of the shortest boatable waterways in the United States. At just 2.5 miles, the river is entirely within the city limits of New Braunfels. The water temperature is a steady 70-72 degrees year-round. The Comal river water is refreshing in the Texas summer heat and warm enough for a morning swim in winter.
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