Gruene Visitors Guide

Gruene, Texas Tourist Guide

Henry D. Gruene's Home
Home of the founder of Gruene,Texas.

Did you know that Gruene isn't a town? It is officially an Historic District that is part of New Braunfels. Gruene used to be its own community, but the 1920's a boll weevil blight and the Great Depression had caused everyone in the town to leave. By 1930, Gruene's population was down to 75. Shortly after World War II, highway construction bypassed the town and it became a ghost town. In 1979, New Braunfels annexed it.   The name of the town is pronounced like the color "Green".

Henry D. Gruene, the town's founder, originally bought land for a cotton farm in 1872 with his father and brothers. He built his first home in 1872 and modified it over the years. It still stands proudly with its Victoria galleries today as the Gruene Mansion Inn. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a designated Texas Historic Landmark.

Behind the arch, there are numerous outbuildings that were part of the Gruene Mansion. These buildings were elegantly remodeled and are part of the Gruene Mansion Inn.

Gruene Water Tower Standing high above the town buildings, the Gruene water tower is a beacon for miles around to all visitors coming to Historic Gruene for another entertaining visit.

Whether you are a “Weekender” or in town for the week or longer, Gruene is a wonderful “happening” for all!

Visitors from far and near, love the town of Gruene so much that they keep coming back every chance they get.  No matter what your desires are, you are only moments away from shopping, eating, wine tasting, tubing, dancing, and lodging in just about any direction.

From Historic Gruene, Austin is 40 miles to the north, San Antonio is 25 miles to the south, and Houston is 160 miles to the east.  New Braunfels and Canyon Lake are only minutes away.

General Store  Gruene Antique Store
Gruene Mercantile Store and Antique Store

The first mercantile store was built by H.D. Gruene in 1878 to serve the local cotton farmers and travelers who passed through the area.  Later, the store was moved across the street in the Gruene Antique Store building.

Gruene Hall
Gruene Hall

Gruene Hall, a bar and dance hall, was built in the 1880’s and soon became the social center for the community.  It still stands at the end of Hunter Road and the intersection of Gruene Road.  It is oldest dance hall in Texas and many country-singing stars and legends have performed there over the years.  Willie Nelson, George Strait, Jerry Jeff Walker, Lyle Lovett are some of the well-known singers.  A complete list of the singers is displayed inside the hall.

Gruene Tubing on the Guadalupe River
Rafting and swimming in the Guadalupe River in Gruene, Texas

Raftoing on the Guadalupe River in Gruene, Texas  Swimming in the guadalupe River in Guene, Texas

Whitewater on the Guadalupe River in Gruene, Texas

Jump right in and cool off! The water’s great for swimming, wading, tubing, and rafting. The whole family can enjoy a day in the waters of the Guadalupe River.


Looking for a River Tubing Outfitter?

Tube Haus Tube Rentals

Tube Haus
Guadalupe River Tubing

Tubing on the Guadalupe River near New Braunfels in Canyon Lake, Texas, on the famous "Horseshoe Loop".  SHORT and LONG floats, (New Braunfels’ River Rules do not apply). Parking and one shuttle included with tube rental (Website Coupons), lodging and camping nearby. 830-964-3011 Open Daily


Desire a little wine tasting?

Stop by The Grapevine for a pleasant refreshing moment. Enjoy complimentary tastings of Texas and German Wines.  You may want to take some home.


Grapevine Wine and Wine Tasting


Looking for some great food?

You can try the riverfront restaurants with spectacular hill country views from their tree covered decks or try one of the restaurants on the main drag in town. Just about every place you go has snacks and drinks available.

Gristmill Restaurant and Bar
Gruene Market Days


Gruene Market Days

Visit Historic Gruene Market Days the third weekend of every month from February to November and experience the charm of the historic community of Gruene. 

Shop among 100 gifted handcrafted artisans and craftsman, sculpture, furniture, pottery, spices and much more.  All of their vendors are strictly juried and sell only the finest handmade products and art in Texas. 

Enjoy the Town Lighting and visit with Cowboy Kringle during our special Christmas Markets held the 1st weekend of December every year.


Lodging in the Area...

Stagecoach Stop Bed and Breakfast Inn The Hunter Road Stagecoach Stop
Lovingly restored, this historic inn will enchant you with its ambiance of warmth, comfort, and style in rooms furnished with primitives befitting the era.
Rustic Ridge Bed and Breakfast Inn Rustic Ridge Bed and Breakfast
Canyon Lake
Enjoy a romantic getaway for two. This secluded cedar log cabin overlooks a pond into beautiful Texas sunsets. You will have the cabin with a gated entrance all to yourself. Close to Potters Creek Park on Canyon Lake.
Antoinettes Cottage B and B in Gruene, Texas Antoinette's Cottage Bed & Breakfast
A charming small inn in the heart of beautiful downtown Gruene. The oldest house in Gruene has four rooms of distinction, beautiful gardens and a lovely porch, claw foot tubs, and ceiling fans. The entire house is available for large parties or extended stays.
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Tourist Attractions in the Area:

  • Natural Bridge Caverns – New Braunfels
    Texas' largest caverns. Located west of New Braunfels, Texas.
  • Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch – New Braunfels
    Take a safari drive thru Texas style. Located west of New Braunfels, Texas.
  • Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort – New Braunfels
    America's most favorite Waterpark resort.
  • Canyon Lake
    Canyon Lake is a popular lake to the north of Gruene for boating and other water related recreational activities.
  • Touring Texas
    This web site provides tourist information for the state of Texas with links to over 100 cities and towns throughout Texas.
  • Wonder World Park - San Marcos, Texas
    The most visited cave in Texas.
  • Seaworld Adventure Park - San Antonio
    Amusement rides, water rides and fun, shows with dolphins, whales and sea lions, and much more.
  • Six Flags Fiesta Texas - San Antonio
    Six Flags Fiesta Texas is sure to be a crowd-pleaser with a full line-up of rides, shows, and family-fun entertainment.
  • San Marcos
    San Marcos has some of the largest outlet malls in the country.

Tour de Gruene
Biking Events - Tour de Gruene is an annual event in November

Things to do in Gruene, Texas:

  • Take a walking tour of historic Gruene.  There are historic markers throughout the town.
  • Shop the day away in the antique and specialty stores.
  • Enjoy nature watching and photography at its finest.  Bring plenty of film.
  • Dine at the river front or downtown restaurants.
  • The Guadalupe River offers perfect tubing, rafting, swimming, wading, and sunbathing.
  • Dance the night away and let your hair down at the Gruene Hall.
  • Stay in some of finest historical inns in Texas.
  • Visit New Braunfels, only about 3 miles away.
  • Go boating and fishing at Canyon Lake with its 80 miles of scenic shoreline, only 30 minutes away.

New Braunfels, Texas, weather forecast


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