Gruene Visitors Guide
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
||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.
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
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
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, a
bar and dance hall, was built in the 1880s 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.
Rafting and swimming in the Guadalupe River in Gruene, Texas
Jump right in and cool off! The waters great for swimming, wading, tubing, and
rafting. The whole family can enjoy a day in the waters of the Guadalupe River.
a River Tubing Outfitter?
Guadalupe River 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?
by The Grapevine for a pleasant refreshing moment. Enjoy complimentary tastings of Texas
and German Wines. You may want to take some home.
Looking for some great food?
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.
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...
Ridge Bed and Breakfast
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.
Tourist Attractions in the Area:
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.
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
- 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
- Go boating and fishing at Canyon Lake with its
80 miles of scenic shoreline, only 30 minutes away.
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