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3 Days in the TX Hill Country: Weekend Itinerary

Kayak Rentals Guadalupe River Rio Guadalupe Resort

“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes.”

Andrew Carnegie

Your Rio Guadalupe 3-Day Weekend Itinerary

As school swings back into session and folks fall back into a routine, couples and families alike are setting their sights on the light at the end of the tunnel, their next vacation. I think we all daydream of indulging in rest and relaxation with Mother Nature’s beautiful backdrop, but it can be difficult to find the time to plan a trip. Luckily, you can skip the stress of planning a getaway and let Rio Guadalupe Resort be your next destination! Rio Guadalupe Resort, the Texas hill country, and the city of New Braunfels all offer an endless list of exciting activities. If you are wondering how to fit all of these hotspots in one 3-day weekend, let this itinerary be your ultimate guide!

Day 1: Relax and Unwind

You’ve arrived at your Rio Guadalupe Resort RV site or cabin, now what? It’s finally time to begin your Hill Country vacation! We suggest having some fun with a quick scavenger hunt to familiarize yourself with everything the resort has to offer. 

Scavenger Hunt for Amenities

With your park map in hand (available at the front desk), check off the following list:

  • Swimming Pool with Public Restrooms
  • Dog Park
  • Meeting Room (For future parties and events)
  • Playground
  • Picnic Tables
  • Rio Raft – This is where we keep the tubes and kayaks! 
  • Convenience Store
  • Guadalupe River (We saved the best for last!)

Takeout Restaurants in New Braunfels

When your tummy starts to growl, take advantage of these local restaurants with takeout options:

Gennaro’s Trattoria

Wildflour Bakery and Grill

Granny D’s Restaurant

Italian Garden Cafe

Day 2: Local Attractions

New Braunfels is home to many family-owned restaurants, boutiques, breweries, and more. There are also many things to do and activities for children within a short drive of the Resort.

Natural Bridge Caverns – 30 Minutes from Rio Guadalupe Resort

On Day 2, drive 30 minutes down the road to the Natural Bridge Caverns. The Natural Bridge Caverns are guaranteed to make an impression, as they are the largest caverns in Texas! Open from 9-4 PM (5 PM on weekends), the underground cavern tour is a great midday activity. You might want to bring a jacket or sweater because it can get very chilly in the caves. 

Historic Downtown Gruene

New Braunfels is well known for its historic Downtown Gruene. Enjoy a relaxing day filled with shopping, antiques, and souvenirs. Then, get your dance moves on at the oldest continually run dance hall, Gruene Hall (with live music)! Be sure to stop by the Gruene General Store, The Barn, and Cotton Eyed Joe’s.

Highly recommended restaurants around the Gruene historic district include The River House, Gruene River Grill, and Gristmill River Restaurant & Bar.

For the kids: Don’t forget to stop by the playground at the resort! New Braunfels Railroad Museum is also a quick activity full of old fashion train displays.

Day 3: Adventure Day!

Floating the Guadalupe River is a MUST when visiting the Texas hill country! Tube Rentals start at $10 a person, and you can add on a shuttle ride upstream. The float will last about 2-5 hours, so you might want to pack a snack. You can also rent a kayak if you don’t want to get wet. The Guadalupe River fishing spots are top-notch! Dogs are welcome on the River, but glass and Styrofoam are not permitted. Don’t forget lots of water and sunscreen!

After you have worked up an appetite on the river, some tasty stops for lunch/dinner include Lone Star Float House and Grill and Koozies Icehouse and Grill.

For the kids: Other outdoor activities to check out include Landa Park and McKenna Children’s Museum. Take a train ride around Landa Park and then hop on a paddleboat around the lake or hit the splash pad/outdoor area at the museum.

Finish the trip off with a drive-in movie night at Stars and Stripes Drive-in Theatre. This old-fashioned 50s and 60s themed theatre is the perfect experience and shows double features year-round!

We can’t wait for you to get a chance to enjoy some rest and relaxation at Rio Guadalupe Resort in New Braunfels, Texas. Whatever you decide to do while you are here, you are sure to have a fabulous time!

 

Looking for full hookup RV sites and cabins with Wifi in the Texas Hill Country? Rio Guadalupe Resort & RV Park is nestled on 25 acres with 1/4 mile River frontage.

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