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While away the summer hours at the pride of New Braunfels, Landa Park, a 196-acre natural park near the center of the city.

Picnic under the shade of giant, ancient oak trees. Walk or jog on the park’s special trails, or ride a miniature train that chugs around the 196-acre park.

A ride on a paddle boat is one of the best ways to see Comal Springs. Plunge into the refreshing waters of the giant spring-fed pool, zero-depth wading pool, or the olympic pool.

For excitement, take a thrilling ride through the “Tube Chute” at Prince Solms Park and then float lazily down the gently flowing Comal River (named the world’s shortest river by Ripley’s Believe-It-Or-Not).

Golfers enjoy the beautiful and challenging 18-hold Landa Park Municipal Golf Course.

A host of environmental, educational, and interpretive programs covering aquatics and wildlife are available through the Parks Office. Dates and times vary. Activities are designed to develop awareness, knowledge and skills related to the environment.

Click here to see a map of the park. Click here for driving directions. Click here to see a list of park rules.

Miniature Train

The Landa Park miniature train is fun for all ages! The one and one-half mile loop is a wonderful way to explore the park. Train rides are available for individuals, groups and even company picnics. Hours of operation: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week until school opens!

Paddle Boats

Located just behind Founder’s Oak, the Landa Park Boathouse on Landa Lake offers paddleboat rentals for an enjoyable and healthy way to tour the lake. Call 830-221-4350 for more information. Hours: Noon to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. Glass-bottom boats and row boats also available.

Nightime cruises also planned.

Aquatic Facilities

Coach E.E. ‘Bud’ Dallman Olympic Pool 

This 25-yard x 50-meter pool is named in honor of the Landa Park Dolphins Head Coach for over 50 years, Bud Dallmann. The pool depth varies between 4 and 7ft deep with dedicated lap lanes available during open hours. The Landa Park Dolphins Swim Team calls this pool home and hosts the TAAF Regional Meet annually. Access to this pool is possible by a four-foot-wide step entry and a handicap lift.

Springfed Pool

This historic body of water — 1.5 million gallons — is fed by the Comal Springs and stays a constant 72 degrees year round. Built in the early 1900s, it is one of the oldest and most historic bathing pools in Texas. This pool varies in depth from 0- to nine-feet-deep and features a shallow end with mushroom fountain and 10-foot-tall water slide. The deep end boasts an overhead cargo net for climbing, a rope swing, and a two-stories-tall Wet Willie slide.

Enjoy this Go Pro video of the rope swing.

Zero-Depth Pool

The pool varies in depth from 0- to 2.5-feet-deep and is an ideal body of water children five and under. It features a five-foot-tall slide and a mushroom fountain.

Shower & Changing Rooms

Showers and changing rooms are available. If the sun’s too strong, rent an umbrella!

Rules

Bring your own food, beverages, lawn chairs and coolers — but no alcohol or glass containers. Smoking is prohibited.

Concerts in the Park

For over thirty years the Landa Park Dance Slab has been the place to be every Thursday night at 7:30 p.m.during the summer months. Local musicians perform a variety of music ranging from country and rock-n-roll to jazz and ballads. Bring your family and start a new summer tradition of enjoying great music in the beautiful outdoors of Landa Park.

Click here for a list of this summer’s featured performers.

Fourth of July

Enjoy the largest Independence Day Celebration in New Braunfels, featuring live music from Kori Free and fireworks over Landa Lake. Come early, bring a picnic and enjoy the show! Live music at the Dance Slab in Landa Park at 6:30pm, Fireworks start at 9:15pm. Don’t forget to tune into 92.1 FM to listen to the live broadcast of patriotic music timed to accompany the fireworks display.

Comal Springs

The Comal Springs are the largest in Texas and the American southwest. Seven major springs and dozens of smaller ones occur over a distance of about 4,300 feet at the base of a steep limestone bluff in Landa Park. The Springs and the Comal River below are home for a federally endangered species, the Fountain Darter. In Spanish, comal is a flat griddle used for cooking tortillas, so the name probably refers to the flat area below the bluff where the springs issue forth. The largest and most easily  just west of Landa Park drive.

History

Comal Springs were a favorite camping place for native Indian tribes for thousands of years, and many artifacts and burial mounds have been found. In the language of the Indians the Comal Springs were called Conaqueyadesta, which means “where the river has its source.”

The Comal River arises entirely, except after major rains, from springs in this vicinity and flows for just over two miles through Landa Park and New Braunfels before confluencing with the Guadalupe River. It is said to be the shortest river in the United States.

When Spanish missionaries arrived in 1691, they found a huge concentration of Indians at Comal Springs, some from as far away as New Mexico. In 1716, Juan Espinoza encountered the beauty of the springs and more than a few ticks. He wrote:

“Soon we reached the passage of the Guadalupe which is made of gravel and is very wide. Groves of inexpressible beauty are found in this vicinity. We stopped at the other bank of the river in a little clearing surrounded by trees, and contiguous to said river. The waters of the Guadalupe are clear, crystal and so abundant that it seemed almost incredible to us that its source arose so near. Composing this river are three principal springs of water which, together with other smaller ones, unite as soon as they begin to flow. There the growth of the walnut trees competes with the poplars. All are crowned by the wild grapevines, which climb up their trunks. Willow trees beautified the region of this river with their luxuriant foliage and there was a great variety of plants. It makes a delightful grove for recreation, and the enjoyment of the melodious songs of different birds. Ticks molested us, attaching themselves to our skin.”

Comal  Springs and surrounding land were purchased by German immigrants from a San Antonio family in 1845, the year New Braunfels was established.

From 1896 until the Depression, the park was a private recreational area created by Harry Landa. The City of New Braunfels purchased the land around Comal Springs in 1936.

Variety of other activities

Landa Park offers the visitor a variety of activities including paddle boats, rowboats, glass bottom boats, nature trails, tennis, miniature golf, the unique inner-tube float down the Comal River. The Landa Park Miniature Railroad features a one and one-half mile track around the entire park.

Tree City U.S.A.

New Braunfels is one of 46 cities in Texas designated as a “Tree City U.S.A.” Information on a self-guiding tour of the Landa Park Arboretum, established in 1981, is available at the Parks Office. There are over 70 species of trees in the Arboretum, anchored by the 300-year-old Founder’s Oak.

Location:
362 Aquatic Circle
New Braunfels, Texas 78130
830-625-8285
nbtexas.org

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