Home of the founder of Gruene,Texas.
Gruene is the German word for "Green" and that is how the local people pronounce the name of the town, "Green". Gruene has been designated a Historic Town by the State of Texas.
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.
|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.
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.
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.
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.
New Braunfels Museum of Art & Music
New Braunfels Museum of Art & Music , located at 1257 Gruene Road in Gruene, is an Affiliate of the Smithsonian. This museum will be a major resource for the study of Texas Music. You can become a member and help support this worthwhile organization.
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 for jewelry, 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.
Stay in a Historic Bed & Breakfast Inn in the Area...
|The Gruene Mansion Inn
This premier Texas Bed and Breakfast is not only listed on the National Register of Historic Places, but it is also designated a Texas Historic Landmark.
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Lovingly restored, this historic inn will enchant you with its ambiance of warmth, comfort, and style in rooms furnished with primitives befitting the era.
|Acorn Hill Bed
This delightful B&B specializes in weekend getaways, honeymoons and anniversaries. Just minutes from the Guadalupe River, downtown Gruene, and historic New Braunfels. An old log schoolhouse and three romantic cottages add enjoyment of this B&B.
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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
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- 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.
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.
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