July 4th Weekend

5290 River Oaks Dr.
New Braunfels, TX 78132

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SPECIAL WARNING ABOUT FM 306: They only recently opened four lanes of FM 306 outside of Gruene, and it's a speed trap. Pay extra attention to the speed limits along that road...it's way slower than you would expect, and the cops are sitting close to the speed changes...they are ruthless!

From Houston: Best to come up I-10 through Seguin. Take 46 to New Braunfels, go north on I-35, exit FM 306 and stop at Buc-ee's if you need anything.  Go left (west) on 306 a few miles, you'll see a green street sign on the right alerting you to River Oaks Dr. on the left. Follow this to the end, and it's the first house on the right on the cul-de-sac.  Click here for Google Directions and to estimate ETA.

From College Station: Come down 21 to San Marcos, go south on I-35. Watch carefully for the FM 306 exit, it has changed and is earlier. Go left (west) on 306 a few miles, you'll see a green street sign on the right alerting you to River Oaks Dr. on the left. Follow this to the end, and it's the first house on the right on the cul-de-sac. Click here for Google Directions and to estimate ETA.

From Austin via Bee Cave/Dripping Springs/Wimberley: Come down RR 12 through Wimberley. When you reach RR 12, take a right. Turn left on Purgatory Rd. When you get to 306, take a left. Look for River Oaks Dr. on the right.  Follow this to the end, and it's the first house on the right on the cul-de-sac. Click here for directions and to estimate ETA.

From South Austin: Come down I-35, exit FM 306 before New Braunfels, take a right. Go right (west) on 306 a few miles, you'll see a green street sign on the right alerting you to River Oaks Dr. on the left. Follow this to the end, and it's the first house on the right on the cul-de-sac. Click here for directions and to estimate ETA.


What to Bring

  • Air mattresses
  • Linens
  • Towels
     
  • Sack chairs (there are no couches anymore, there are patio chairs and a table outside, and a dining table inside with chairs)
     
  • Swimsuits
  • Water shoes
  • Mask/snorkel if you want
  • Tubes (I don't think we have an air compressor, so air them up on the way, H-E-B usually sells tubes but will probably be out by the time we get there)
     
  • Paper plates
  • Cups
  • Paper bowls
  • Plasticware
  • Knives (metal, for cutting things)
     
  • Coolers with ice
  • Small grill?
     
  • Wiggly-eyed seashell magnet stuff!
  • Big-ass glue gun for Thomas

The kitchen is usable, and we have a fridge with icemaker and water in the door. There is a large freezer. No washer and dryer (that was sold last week). We have pots and pans, cooking utensils, cutting boards, cookie sheets, oven, microwave, but no grill.


Shopping and Restaurants

Pretty much everything you need can be found at the corner of I-35 and FM 306. There is a new H-E-B Plus, the world's biggest Buc-ee's, Target, Belk, Hobby Lobby, Sally Beauty Supply.

Fast food can be found at that corner. On the east side of I-35 in the Creekside Town Center is a Whataburger, Panda Express, Sea Island Shrimp House, and other sit-down restaurants. On the west side of I-35, there is Burger King, In-n-Out Burger, Freebird's, MOD Pizza. There is a good place for breakfast tacos on 306 at the Gruene Hall exit (Nopalito's). There is now a Cooper's BBQ on 46, and Rudy's is also on 46 (we prefer Cooper's). 


What to Do

Mom and dad have a small pool that is clean and in working order, and there is a river park that is only open to residents.

I don't know how much the river is flowing right now, but I think they let water out of Canyon Lake on July 4th if it's running low. If it's flowing well, the "chutes" are in the River Oaks community park, so you can walk up with a tube, put in at the top of the chute, and float down. There is also a place you could swim at the bottom.

We like sitting at the park with sack chairs and watching drunk people fall over the waterfall on the far side of the river.

Also, important note...everyone be careful. The community park is available "at your own risk." They may require that I be down there since it's a holiday weekend. I'll check into that.