The charming and historic town of Gruene (pronounced 'green') is just 4 miles northeast of New Braunfels. It's close to the Guadalupe River tubing outfitters and loaded with antiques and crafts shops. Old Gruene Market Days are held the third weekend of the month from February through November.
The town is best known for Gruene Hall, a dance hall open since 1878. Antique stores and specialty shops line Hunter Rd, which is anchored by the dance hall. The whole town can be explored in an hour or two, just before the evening show.