Fun things to do in New Braunfels

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    Church Hill School

    by Basaic Written Jul 18, 2013

    Across the street from the Conservation Plaza is the Church Hill School, built in 1870 replacing the schoolroom the St. Martin's Evangelical Lutheran church set up in the church. In 1879, the school passed into non-church hands and classes were held in German and English. The building was in use as a school until 1975.

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    Pioneer Businesses

    by Basaic Written Jul 18, 2013

    Conservation Plaza also has a number of businesses from the early, pioneer days of New Braunfels on display complete with the appropriate equipment like: The Jahn Cabinet Shop from 1885; the Forke Store from 1865; the Haelbig Music Studio from 1868; the San Geronimo School from 1881; and the Star Exchange and Billiard Room from 1850.

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    Barns

    by Basaic Written Jul 18, 2013

    New Braunfels had an agricultural and ranching base during its early history, so there are a few different types of barns on display like the Welsch Family barn from 1849. The barns have different types of equipment inside (like a blacksmith or a wheelwright) and tools on the sides. They also have a smokehouse, a corncrib and other miscellaneous buildings.

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    Other Houses

    by Basaic Written Jul 18, 2013

    There are several other early pioneer homes with period furniture on display like: The Jahn House from 1855; the Lohse Fischer House from 1865; Martha's Vineyard House; Moehrig Blank House from 1855; and and the quaint little Sacco-Werner House from 1850.

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    Baetge House

    by Basaic Written Jul 18, 2013

    This nice 2-story home is a fine example of what is called the "Fachwerk" type of home, built in 1852 by German engineer Carl Friedrich Baetge on the Guadalupe River. Baetge built the first railroad in Russia from the Imperial Palace in St. Petersburg to the Summer Palace in Moscow. There he met and fell in love with a member of the Czarina's Court, Pauline Marie Spiess; they married and had a daughter. They moved to Texas in 1850. The home is filled with period furniture from Germany or handmade in Texas. Today the house is one of the attractions at Conservation Plaza.

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    Conservation Plaza

    by Basaic Written Jul 18, 2013

    New Braunfels has a very interesting, impressive collection of old historical buildings from the town and the county collected together in one location called the Conservation Plaza. Conservation Plaza has commercial and public buildings and personal homes. Start your visit at the visitors center (housed in the Scholl Peters House) where you can arrange for a guided tour and pay the entrance fee. Hours are 10 AM to 3 PM Tuesday through Friday and 2 PM to 5 PM on Saturday and Sunday. Closed Mondays.

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    Hermann Seele Mural

    by Basaic Written Jul 17, 2013

    Hermann Seele was what is referred to as a "Renaissance Man" a man with a variety of interests and talents. He arrived in Galveston, Texas from the Hildesheim/Hannover area of Germany in 181843 and came to New Braunfels in 1845 becoming the first teacher in town. Seele also started the first newspaper, athletic club, first protestant church and several other social and cultural clubs. In addition to being a teacher, this very busy man was a writer, farmer, lawyer, soldier, and a family man. He served as a county clerk, state legislator, justice of the peace, alderman, city mayor, and a postmaster. There is a mural depicting his life in the downtown area.

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    New Braunfels Academy

    by Basaic Updated Jul 17, 2013

    The New Braunfels Academy was incorporated in 1858 and was the first tax-supported school in Texas; a full 18 years before the Texas Constitution provided for taxation for educational purposes. Photo 1 shows the old New Braunfels High School which was built in 1913 using a Prairie School design by C. V. Seutter and Alister Shand from San Antonio. This building replaced the old New Braunfels Academy. Photo 2 is one of the admin buildings (completed in 1901) from the New Braunfels Academy.

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    Buckhorn Barber Museum

    by Basaic Written Jul 13, 2013

    The Wagenfuehr Home is one of the properties owned by the New Braunfels Conservation Society. The home is open for tours as is the Buckhorn Barber Museum which still operates as a barbershop. Inside is a potpourri of collectors' items like hand-carved circus animals, dolls, handmade jewelry and more. Hours are 2 PM to 5 PM daily (except Wednesday) from Memorial Day to Labor Day and 2 PM to 5 PM weekends only in winter.

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    New Braunfels Fire Museum

    by Basaic Written Jul 13, 2013

    The New Braunfels Fire Museum is located in the old 1918 fire station and houses an interesting assortment of old fire engines and other equipment. You can arrange a free tour at the fire station next door (as long as they are not responding to a fire).

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    New Braunfels Railroad Museum

    by Basaic Written Jul 13, 2013

    The New Braunfels Railroad Museum is located in the old 1907 International & Great Northern Railroad Depot. It houses an interesting assortment of railroad memorabilia, equipment and railroad cars. The old 1922 Pullman Dining Car is available for rent for special events. Local model railroading enthusiasts have displays in the museum and also host events here. Hours are 12 PM to 4 PM Thursday through Monday. Admission is FREE.

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    McKenna Children's Museum

    by Basaic Written Jul 13, 2013

    Especially now that I have a growing grandson, I pay close attention to museums aimed at kids. The McKenna Children's Museum houses a variety of multi-media displays to stimulate young minds while teaching fine arts, culture, history, science, health and technology. The displays are aimed at toddlers through pre-teens but can interest kids of all ages (even mid-50s like me). Hours are 10 AM to 5 PM Tuesday through Saturday and 12 PM to 5 PM on Sunday (Labor Day to Memorial Day) add 10 AM to 5 PM on Monday Memorial Day to Labor Day. Admission is $5.50 Labor Day to Memorial Day and $7.50 Memorial Day to Labor Day.

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    NATURAL BRIDGE CAVERNS

    by viajeras2 Written Apr 23, 2007

    VISIT THIS PLACE IS VERY FAMOUS IN THIS AREA IN TEXAS...LOCATED BETWEEN SAN ANTONIO AND NEW BRAUNFELS, EXIT 175, THEN TOOK WEST.

    U CAN BOOK BY INTERNET, BY PHONE OR BY EMAIL.
    HOURS OPERATION EVERYDAY FROM 9 AM TO 4 PM IS THE LAST VISIT.
    FROM THE LAST DAY OF MAY TO THE FIRST MONDAY IN SEPTEMBER.
    WILL BE CLOSE FOR THANKSGIVEN, CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR.
    EVERY 30 MINUTES HAVE A GUIDE TOUR, TEHY WILL U A COLOR TOUR , REPRESENT THE TIME THE TOUR START, AND THE VISIT IS FOR ONE HOUR AND 15 MINUTES APP. THE PRICES CAN CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE..SO CHECK THE WEBSIDE OR BY PHONE.
    CASH, OR CREDIT CARD ARE WELCOME, NOT PERSONAL CHECK.
    SPECIAL TARIF FOR GROUP OF MORE OF 25 PEOPLE, 3ER AGE AND KIDS.
    BRING NICE PAIR OF SHOES..AND NICE CAMARA. YOU HAVE TO WALK INSIDE THE CAVE...SOMETIMES CAN BE HIGH STEPS..THE TEMPERATURE IS ABOUT 21 CELCIUS AND LOT OF HUMEDITY.

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    Frontier Life in New Braunfels

    by VeronicaG Updated Jan 15, 2007

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    Since we're recent transplants from New Jersey, we're eager to learn all about our new state! The early years of Texas have always seemed so wild and different to us living on the East coast.

    The Sophienburg Museum gave us a look at early frontier life in Texas. According to town history, following the departure of Prince Solms, New Braunfels saw more settlers arriving in 1846. Unfortunately, their timing was not good for the following reasons...

    Texas joined the United States of America in 1845, meaning there was little hope of establishing an official German principality.

    Although they had negotiatied with oxcart teamsters to haul their goods inland, the Spanish American war broke out and they were left high and dry.

    Rain was making traveling very difficult, so they were not able to proceed as they had liked and cholera ran quickly through the ranks causing several hundred deaths.

    Happily, by 1850 New Braunfels stabilized, the community's finances became secure, the town began to thrive and at one time was the fourth largest city, following Galveston, San Antonio and Houston.

    Please see additional photos: picture#2--oldtime conveyance and picture#3--depiction of a typical saloon

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    Natural Bridge Caverns

    by KiKitC Written Sep 10, 2005

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    We had a great day at the caverns. Be preapred to wait for a tour, but they do keep it moving. Wear comfortable walking shoes, because there is a bit of walking for this tour.

    The Natural Bridge Caverns boast being the larest cavern in Texas.

    This cavern offers tremendous views, as you walk right into a huge, expansive rooms. Enter into the Hall of the Mountain King or the Castle of White Giants, and watch for kinks in your neck. The cavern ceilin is hundreds of feet above, and the cavern drops far below. It gives you a feeling of being a small water droplet in the dark vastness.

    There are many strangely and fascinating formations to see. Well worth the trip.

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