Spring Break in New Braunfels: The Top 10 Best Kid Activities

Spring Break is upon us! If you’ve dropped the ball on planning a big family vacation, or maybe you’re looking to stay close to home this year, New Braunfels is about 30 minutes away from most parts of San Antonio and can feel like a real getaway for the whole family. 

New Braunfels is best known for Wurstfest, Schlitterbahn, and the historic community of Gruene, but there are many hidden gems in the town that keep families traveling to New Braunfels year-round. 

I’m a New Braunfels local, so I took to social media and crowd-sourced with my local New Braunfels parents to get ideas on what their current favorite local kid activities are for all ages. New Braunfels is close enough that you could do one of these activities, then head back to San Antonio, calling it a successful trip. Or, if you’re feeling more ambitious, you could do several of these activities in a day. Better yet, if you’re looking for a getaway, stay overnight in New Braunfels and make the very most out of your time in my beautiful town! 

In no particular order, here are the most popular kid activities in New Braunfels for Spring Break:

McKenna Children’s Museum

801 W. San Antonio Street, New Braunfels, TX 78130

Who doesn’t love a good children’s museum? With strict instructions to touch everything and run amok, you can’t find a better diversion for kids in New Braunfels. Whether the weather is great or not-so-great, this children’s museum features indoor (and covered outdoor) fun for all! A trip right up the street to Naegelin’s Bakery is in order after the museum to appease the kids for the journey back to San Antonio. 

Landa Park

164 Landa Park Dr., New Braunfels, Texas 78130

Landa Park is one of the oldest parks in the area and boasts multiple playground areas, a train that traverses the park, miniature golf, paddleboats, and other water activities. Pack a picnic and enjoy Landa Park with its rolling hills and bubbling Comal River. 

Hike Panther Canyon 

From Landa Park Drive to Ohio Avenue

Located within Landa Park, Panther Canyon Trail covers over 49 acres and is home to many native plants and wildlife. The gently sloping pedestrian trail leads visitors approximately .8 miles through the Balcones Escarpment. Hikers should allow at least 1.5 hours for the 1.6-mile round trip hike.

Natural Bridge Caverns and Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch

26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Road, San Antonio, TX 78266

Travel through a half-mile of the largest and most spectacular show cavern in Texas. You’ll walk 180 feet below the ground while listening to knowledgeable tour guides explain how these caverns were formed and then later (much later) discovered by college students in the 1960s. But there’s more fun to be had above ground too, at the zipline and mazes–not to mention gem sluicing–located at the park. And right next door is the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch, boasting over 450 acres with over 500 animals, toured from the comfort of your car. There are also petting areas and hiking areas, so you can get out and stretch your legs a bit at the ranch, too. 

Fischer Park 

1935 Hilltop Summit Road, New Braunfels, TX 78130

One of the newer parks in New Braunfels, Fischer Park offers playgrounds, a splash pad, an archeology dig, and a fishing pond that will keep the kids busy and entertained for hours. Bring a lunch and plan to stay awhile! 

Jungle Jam

1269 Summerwood Drive, New Braunfels, TX 78130

If the weather isn’t great for Spring Break or if you have little ones to exhaust, head to the newest indoor active play attraction in New Braunfels. Kids ages 1-10 enjoy Jungle Jam the most, and with free WIFI, parents can let the kiddos run amok while decompressing with some Internet time. 

Urban Air

604 S. Walnut Avenue Suite 100, New Braunfels, TX 78130

If you have bigger kids who you’re trying to keep entertained (and off of devices) over the break, head to Urban Air and let them get a little crazy in this haven of controlled, active chaos. 

Animal World and Snake Farm Zoo

5640 N. Interstate 35 Frontage Road, New Braunfels, TX 78132

Even if you’re squeamish about snakes, don’t let that keep you from checking out Animal World and Snake Farm Zoo. Sure, it used to be called just “Snake Farm,” and had, well, mainly just snakes, but it has since expanded to include a truly fascinating variety of animals–some native to Texas and some not–the likes of which you can’t even find at the San Antonio Zoo! During the recent expansion of Animal World and Snake Farm Zoo, new, natural-looking habitats and a diverse collection of reptiles and mammals are part of the exhibit, making this a must-stop while visiting New Braunfels. 

The New Braunfels Railroad Museum

302 San Antonio Street, New Braunfels TX 78130

This FREE museum appeals to train enthusiasts of all ages! There are photos on display to see the history of the railroad as well as scale models. The museum is right next to one of the busiest North/South Union Pacific railroad tracks. Over 30 trains pass by each day. Many of these trains run between Canada and Mexico, so it is not unusual to see Canadian and Mexican locomotives.

Schlitterbahn Waterpark

400 N. Liberty Avenue, New Braunfels, TX 78130

Sure, you have Schlitterbahn on your Summer bucket list, but did you know that the park is open for Spring Break, too? The Blastenhoff portion of the park is the only part operating for Spring Break, but that’s all that you need to have a good, wet time. If it’s just too cold to stomach the idea of riding water slides, plan to hang out in the heated pool at Bamboozle Bay (with a swim-up refreshment bar, I might add). 

What sort of Spring Break plans do you have for your family this year?

Jenny is a 40-something, married mother of two (Anna, 2007 and Jack, 2009), who migrated to the Hill Country after doing a 14 year stint in Houston. When Jenny isn’t walking her slightly neurotic (and completely beloved) rescued Weimaraner, she enjoys writing, making to-do lists, and folding laundry (and sarcasm). Jenny holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Texas A&M University--Corpus Christi, and completed graduate coursework in Guidance and Counseling. She is a freelance writer who writes a weekly pet column for a Houston newspaper, and is a contributor at Dog Friendly San Antonio, New Braunfels Monthly and San Antonio Woman, as well as assorted other publications. You can also find her on Instagram (introvertsguidetosobriety). Favorite Restaurant: Bohanan's Favorite Landmark: The Alamo (duh) Favorite San Antonio Tradition: Wurstfest (not technically SAT, but closer to Jenny's stomping grounds).