New Braunfels Journals

New Braunfels, Texas-Undiscovered Entertainment

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A March 2002 trip to New Braunfels by Taylor252

SeaWorld San Antonio Photo, San Antonio, Texas More Photos
Quote: We wanted to take a train trip, so with relatives in the area and Hill Country Resort close by, it seemed we were bound for New Braunfels, Texas (actually the train went to San Antonio, about 20 minutes away). As I researched what activites were available, I was surprised at the variety. I'll try to discuss some of them in the following entries.

Silverleaf's Hill Country Resort

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Hotel | "Silverleaf Hill Country"

Silverleaf's Hill Country Resort Photo, Canyon Lake, Texas
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Best Things Nearby:There are many interesting and fun attractions nearby. There are the caves at Natural Bridge Caverns and Wonder World. There is a special water park Aquarena Springs where glass bottom boats explore the living world of a fresh water spring. There are two huge outlet malls. In San Antonio, there is history at The Alamo; good food and great music at the San Antonio Riverwalk and nearby Tower of the Americas Needle. For the young at heart, there is Sea World San Antonio and Canyon Lake for boating, swimming and fishing. Schlitterbahn the World Famous Water Park (Travel Channel Top 10 water parks) is also nearby.Best Things About the Resort:We stayed in a presid...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 24, 2003

Silverleaf's Hill Country Resort
17545 Fm 306
Canyon Lake, Texas 78133
(830) 935-4355

Tower of the Americas

Restaurant | "Tower of the Americas Needle"

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The Tower of the Americas is a revolving restaurant in the center of downtown San Antonio where we had dinner one night. It was very nice but be prepared to pay $10 just to ride the elevator up (yes, that would be in addition to the expense of dinner). The entrees were varied. My husband had a steak which he said was well cooked and tasty. I had salmon with a wonderful fruity glaze on it. Another one of our party had Prime rib and the fourth had a pasta dish. All were well prepared. In the evening there is also a wine steward who recommended a wine for our meal. I don''''t drink much, but the others said it was worth the price. (some $40 dollars a bottle.) Apparently this restaurant is we...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 9, 2003

Tower of the Americas
600 HemisFair Park
New Braunfels, Texas 78201
(210) 223-3101

Amtrak-Texas Eagle

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Attraction | "An Amtrak Train Adventure"

Amtrak-Texas Eagle Photo, New Braunfels, Texas
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In March we took a train trip! Amtrak had a direct route between our home town of St. Louis and San Antonio TX where we wanted to go. It would take about 24 hours, so it was an overnight train trip. We booked a "Deluxe Cabin" (which I would recommend for any overnight trip) and had a double bed lower and a single bed upper. We also had the world’s smallest combo shower/toilet (approx. an 18" square that was 6 feet tall!). You covered the toilet paper with a hard plastic door and you could sit on the toliet seat and take a shower. Pretty weird. We had a steward that took care of our every need and the ticket price included all our meals in the dining car. Our deluxe cabin was about 12 foot square. The...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 8, 2003

Amtrak-Texas Eagle
St. Louis To San Antonio
New Braunfels, Texas

SeaWorld San Antonio

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Attraction | "Animal Interactions at Sea World San Antonio"

SeaWorld San Antonio Photo, San Antonio, Texas
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The highlight of our entire trip for me was a chance to swim with Beluga whales at Sea World! I managed to squeeze into the largest neoprene wet suit they had and marched right into the Arctic cold pool where the whales took to me like I was one of their own!? A trainer taught us some simple commands, then we floated and played with the animals. How do you describe the feeling of being with these animals?!? It was exciting and humbling at the same time. We think of ourselves as the apex of creation but perhaps we should instead look at ourselves as the caretakers of creation. Their skin felt a bit like wet leather--very smooth and wet, not slimy at all. With some courage, I include several pict...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 8, 2003

SeaWorld San Antonio
10500 Sea World Dr
San Antonio, Texas 78251
(800) 700-7786

Natural Bridge Caverns

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Attraction | "Natural Bridge Caverns-A Great American Cave!"

Natural Bridge Caverns Photo, San Antonio, Texas
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The wonderful and amazing formations that one finds in caves have always fascinated both my husband and me. So when researching what to do in and around Hill Country Resort we found Natural Bridge Caverns, we had to go. There are actually two cave experiences possible at the Cavern. One is for everybody, and the other is for the adventure junkie -- stuff like repelling down cliffs, very little light, really tight squeeze passageways, a true caver experience! We chose the one with light, pathways and guard railings . . . thank you very much! The cavern hours of operation are: Open every day but Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years from 9am-4pm and 9am-6pm June through Labor Day. Ticket prices: ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 24, 2003

Natural Bridge Caverns
26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd.
Natural Bridge Caverns, Texas 78266
(210) 651-6101