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7 Off-the-Beaten-Path Things to Do in New Braunfels

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If you have visited, lived in or hung around New Braunfels in the Texas Hill Country for any amount of time, chances are you’re aware of the time-honored lure of this historic town.

You have probably floated the crystal clear waters of both the Comal and Guadalupe Rivers, dined among the treetops along the river at the Gristmill, ate and drank your way through Wurstfest, or two-stepped around the dance floor at Gruene Hall. But if you’re looking for a new favorite place or experience, something off the grid, look no further. Here are seven hidden gems just waiting to be found.

1. Freiheit Country Store

7 Off-the-Beaten-Path Things to Do in New Braunfels

Photo: Yelp/Allison T

Though its name may lead you to believe otherwise, Freiheit Country Store isn’t your average Hill Country general store. Open since 1889, Freiheit is famous for good old-fashioned comfort food like hamburgers, fries, chicken fried steak, and homemade pies. Outback you will find plenty of picnic tables, country musicians, local talent, and karaoke on any night of the week.

Freiheit Country Store, 2157 FM 1101, New Braunfels

2. Rita’s Natural Food Market

7 Off-the-Beaten-Path Things to Do in New Braunfels

Photo: Facebook/Rita’s Natural Food Market

Rita’s Natural Food Market opened in 2009, yet somehow remains hidden from the public eye. The owners pride themselves on impeccable taste when it comes to brands and also manage to keep prices sensible. From coffee to kombucha to chicken and beef, this is your one-stop shop for health food.

Rita’s Natural Food Market, 111 Interstate 35 South, Suite B, New Braunfels

3. Stars & Stripes Drive-In

7 Off-the-Beaten-Path Things to Do in New Braunfels
Photo: Yelp/Frank E.

Nothing screams “classic entertainment” more than a drive-in movie theatre. Thankfully, Stars & Stripes Drive-In has maintained its excellence in vintage outdoor entertainment for more than ten years. Stars & Stripes aims to help reclaim this unique part of American entertainment and history. So whether you are having a family night or a date night, skip the usual popcorn-and-cinema experience and try a 50’s-style food and a movie under the stars of the Hill Country.

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