Before striking out on your own, be sure to stop by the New Braunfels Visitor Center. It's open daily, and located at Interstate-35 and South Sequin Avenue. The center is well stocked with tourist cards, brochures and magazines. The staff is happy to make visitor recommendations. 

The McKenna Children’s Museum of New Braunfels offers early childhood programs, a cooking class for younger visitors, a mini-science center and an arts studio. The museum is open during the summer from 10am until 5pm, Monday through Saturday and Sunday from 12noon until 5pm. The rest of the year the hours are the same but the museum is closed on Mondays. Admission is $5.50 from Labor Day to Memorial Day, and $7.50 during the summer. It is closed on major holidays, and children are not admitted without an adult, and adults are not admitted without a child.

Take a trip back in time to when Prince Carl founded the city at The Sophienburg Museum and Archives. The Sophienburg Museum features artifacts and other items that date back to the founding of the town in the 1840s. The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. (Closed Sunday and Monday.) If time permits, be sure to check out Sophie's Shop, located to the left of the lobby. A year-round Christmas shop, it has beautiful Inge-glas ornaments. You may also order from their website: