Whether you are driving on 35 between San Antonio and Austin, or planning a tubing trip on the Guadalupe/Schitterbahn, Gruene is a great place to stop and wander around. I think it was once a town that was abandoned and someone was smart of enough to revive it. You feel like time has stopped in some areas. Try to stop and get an ice cream, fudge or vintage candy at the General Store, my kids liked sitting at the old fashioned soda bar. Then we danced at Gruene Hall (Texas's oldest Dance Hall)...in the day the children were welcome. It was fun to see other parents dancing with their kids, but there was a great mix of people there. We enjoyed walking through the many stores including the antique store. The Gristmill Restaurant has a neat atmosphere and is a fun place to sit and watch people tubing on the river below.
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