Spring Break 2017
Looking for a Spring Break that’s a great family value?
Check out New Braunfels and Canyon Lake in the Texas Hill Country.
Enjoy an “under the radar” vacation opportunity to celebrate the changing season.
There’s a little outdoor adventure, theme-park fun, and music and romance waiting for everyone.
Springtime activities aren’t all that different from summer fun, thanks to Texas’ milder weather. Temperatures average around 72 degrees February through April. And, New Braunfels and Canyon Lake are smaller than other vacation magnets like Disney World, making them safer and easier to navigate with small children.
Schlitterbahn Spring Break
Includes the park’s entire Blastenhoff section. Conquer Blastenhoff tower with the ups-and-downs of the Master Blaster, shared thrills of Wolfpack, and the twisting darkness of the Black Knight. Or, just soak up the sun on Blastenhoff beach while the family explores Hans Hideout.
Master Blaster Uphill Water Coaster: Six stories tall! Over 1,000 feet in length! This high-thrill ride does not disappoint.
Black Knight: Slide down these twin, totally enclosed water slides.
Blastenhoff Beach: Soak up the sun with a good book or play in the waves on this relaxing beach. Also the entrance to the Torrent Wave River.
Torrent Wave River: The Tidal Wave River is a continuous wave river experience. A fan favorite at Schlitterbahn!
Han’s Hideout: Five Story Water Fun House for older children to play and slide and have fun getting splashed.
Kinderhaven: Water play are for toddlers and children, featuring an activity pirate ship. Water will be heated for Spring Break.
Skycoaster: Freefall Swing Ride (there is an extra charge to ride the Skycoaster.)
Bamboozle Bay: Heated Pool and Swim-bar featuring a zero entry beach.
Wolfpack Family Raft Ride: A howling, family downhill raft ride through twists and turns in a giant, circular raft.
Things to see & do
Water Recreation – People flock to New Braunfels for the Comal and Guadalupe rivers and Canyon Lake. They’re perfect for kayaking, rafting, tubing, fishing and boating on the lake. Over at the world-famous Schlitterbahn Waterpark, Blastenhoff is open with great rides like the Master Blaster and The Torrent. Texas Ski Ranch is a 70-acre action sports park with a great cable lake for all levels of water sports enthusiasts. Wakeboard, ski, snowboard, skateboard and SUP! There’s a beach and a spring-loaded trampoline park, too.
Outdoor Fun – At Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch, check out ostrich feathers, zebra ears and buffalo noses up close and personal. It’s 450 acres with 500 animals – 40 exotic, native and endangered animal species to see and photograph. Natural Bridge Caverns features massive, other-worldly formations formed by single drops of water and the slow passage of time. Take on the sky-high Canopy Challenge. Make it through a 5,000 square foot outdoor maze and pan for gems, fossils and other treasures.
Nostalgia – Stars & Stripes Drive-In Theatre lets you enjoy a night under the stars at a brand new “Back to the Future” drive-in movie theater!
Fun History and Culture & Museums – Let the imagination go at McKenna Children’s Museum. Lend-A-Hand Ranch, Destination Space and more provide inspiration. Visit the Sophienburg Archives & Museum. See what traveling by ship from Germany to Texas was like. Check out Heritage Village, the Railroad Museum, and a historic murals “museum” downtown. The Heritage Museum of the Texas Hill Country in Canyon Lake has over 200 dinosaur tracks and 28 separate trackways made approximately 110 million years ago. Canyon Lake Gorge was carved through limestone in 2002 when extensive flooding of the Guadalupe River led to a huge amount of water going over the spillway from the Canyon Lake reservoir. The gorge provides a valuable exposure of rock strata as old as 100 million years showing fossils and a set of dinosaur tracks.
Historic Gruene Texas – Teach the kids to two-step at Texas’ Oldest Dance Hall like generations of Texans before you. Show them the toys grandparents played with in the antique shops. Have lunch on a giant deck overlooking the Guadalupe River. Stop by the General Store for some fudge or ice cream.
Downtown New Braunfels – Take a stroll and delight the kids. There are bakery shops, pizza parlors and fire engine and train museums downtown. Landa Park has a miniature train ride, playscapes and camping/picnicking areas.
Adults Only – No children doesn’t mean no Spring Break! Grab your BFF or SO and go! Enjoy most of the same attractions a family does, plus some unique opportunities: Taste some great craft beer while exploring Texas Hill Country courtesy of Braunfels Hill Country Craft Beer Tour. There’s plenty of live music at area dance halls and honky tonks including Gruene Hall, Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre, River Road Ice House, Phoenix Saloon, The Watering Hole Saloon, River Horau, and Freiheit Country Store and many more.
Wining & Dining – Five million people visit 51 Texas Hill Country wineries annually. Unique, independent restaurants offer dining on the banks of the Guadalupe, tasty Tex Mex, authentic German dishes and barbecue, of course!
Wildflowers – There’s nothing like a drive through the Texas Hill Country. In springtime bluebonnets paint the hills reflecting those clear blue Texas skies. Take a camera for some amazing photo opportunities.