Landa Park, located about an hour south of Austin, is nestled in the heart of picturesque downtown New Braunfels, Texas. This park has trails, pools, ducks, and playgrounds galore! It’s a perfect spot to spend a few pleasant hours.
Begin by walking down one of the trails which wind around rivers, ponds, and trees. Be sure to bring some bread, or else don’t tempt the ducks! They are some of the friendliest fowl I have ever met, coming right up to my feet expecting some food. I even got to pat one’s head after dropping some crumbs.
Kids ready for some playground action? There is a fabulous playground with four separate structures and two swing-sets to accommodate kids of every age, from a fire engine for smaller tikes to a mountain climbing themed set for older adventurers.
Be sure to bring your picnic basket, because there are not only countless picnic benches, but also a pavilion to shade you from the hot sun after a long day’s play.
In addition to all the free fun, there are several attractions at the park available for a nominal fee. Check out the City of New Braunfels website for details and times, as some features are seasonal. If you visit in the summer and you’re ready for a real cool down, plan to visit one of the park’s two pools!
One of the most notable features crisscrossing the grounds is the park train! There are also boats for rent at the boathouse and miniature golf available. Again, check the City of New Braunfels website for hours and cost.
Heidi Gollub is the founder and editor-in-chief of the award-winning website Free Fun in Austin.com. When not running around on adventures with her five children–ages three to 15–she volunteers for the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau and shares content with the local news. Recently, Heidi was a speaker at Mom 2.0 and the Texas Conference for Women.