Trip Guide: New Braunfels
POPULATION: 59, 590 // SIZE: 29.4 square miles
LATITUDE: 29.70º N // LONGITUDE: 98.12º W
# OF VISITORS TO SCHLITTERBAHN EACH YEAR: More than 1 million // YEAR-ROUND TEMPERATURE OF THE COMAL RIVER: 72 degrees
Around the first days of March, as spring temperatures begin their ascent, I start plotting out which cool bodies of water I’ll be immersing myself in come summer. New Braunfels, a midsize town with German roots just north of San Antonio, offers access to several liquid antidotes to the Texas heat, most notably the floatable Comal and Guadalupe rivers, the Texas Ski Ranch, and the 70-acre Schlitterbahn, one of the largest water parks in the world. But you don’t have to get wet–or visit only when it’s unbearable outside–to enjoy New Braunfels’ historic downtown
WHAT YOU’LL FIND: a spacious treehouse suite, a junker’s paradise, cherry strudels as good as Oma’s, a family-friendly saloon, and what may be the best chicken-fried bacon in Texas.