Is New Braunfels Safe? Crime Rates & Safety Report

Updated On May 28, 2024
New Braunfels, United States
Safety Index:
83
* Based on Research & Crime Data

New Braunfels, Texas, founded in 1845 by German immigrants led by Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels, offers a rich blend of history and vibrant modernity.

The city’s heritage is evident in its well-preserved historic buildings and annual festivals like Wurstfest, a celebration of German culture and cuisine.

Set along the banks of the Guadalupe and Comal rivers, New Braunfels is renowned for its water-based activities.

The Guadalupe River, known for its scenic beauty and challenging rapids, attracts tubers and kayakers, while the Comal River, the shortest navigable river in Texas, is perfect for a more leisurely float.

Over the past decade, New Braunfels has experienced a remarkable population surge, growing by 92% since 2010.

This rapid expansion is transforming it from a quaint town into a bustling city, without losing its charm.

The influx of new residents has spurred a boom in local businesses, restaurants, and cultural venues, enhancing the city’s appeal.

Schlitterbahn Waterpark, a staple attraction since 1979, continues to draw families with its innovative rides and expansive grounds.

Beyond the water, New Braunfels offers plenty of activities, such as exploring the Natural Bridge Caverns or enjoying a live performance at the historic Brauntex Theatre.

The city’s burgeoning craft beer scene, exemplified by local favorites like Guadalupe Brewing Company, adds another layer to its appeal.

Whether you’re drawn by its rivers, history, or the promise of new adventures, New Braunfels seamlessly blends the old with the new, making it a captivating destination for all visitors.

Warnings & Dangers in New Braunfels

Overall Risk

OVERALL RISK: LOW

There's a low risk here with a shocking number of things to do in a suburban town. It feels much more like a tourist destination than a suburb.

Transport & Taxis Risk

TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK: LOW

The only transportation around town would be tours or shuttles, but nothing is organized by the city. Rideshare companies, taxis, and rental cars are widely available.

Pickpockets Risk

PICKPOCKETS RISK: LOW

Over the past five years, just 10 pickpockets or purse snatchings have been reported. I'm really surprised that number isn't higher, but it's a low risk. Keep it that way by practicing smart personal safety steps.

Natural Disasters Risk

NATURAL DISASTERS RISK: MEDIUM

This is a medium risk due to the ongoing challenges in this community. Of course, there's the standard severe Texas that heats up in spring and can run through the fall. The biggest concern here is that New Braunfels sits in Flash Flood Alley, one of the greatest areas of flooding risk nationwide. We'll talk a little later about how to protect yourself and stay informed before and during storms.

Mugging Risk

MUGGING RISK: LOW

Only 18% of robberies involved muggings over the past five years, and that's with a robbery rate that's 73% lower than the national average. I don't know how New Braunfels does it, but that's a low risk and doesn't even include the thousands of tourists who come through each year!

Terrorism Risk

TERRORISM RISK: LOW

This is a low risk, but it's always smart to keep your eyes open for suspicious activity. Report any odd behavior immediately.

Scams Risk

SCAMS RISK: LOW

Check local law enforcement social media sites for the latest scams. The local Better Business Bureau office and the state Attorney General’s office will have common scam tactics and protection advice.

Women Travelers Risk

WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK: LOW

This is a low risk, as women enjoy the same low risk as men or anyone else. Smart personal safety steps will be necessary, and you should stick with groups or at least one person while exploring nature or the nightlife.

Tap Water Risk

TAP WATER RISK: LOW

The U.S. has strict standards for tap water per the Safe Water Drinking Act. Communities are required to provide a Water Quality Report (Consumer Confidence Report) once a year by July 1. The 2022 Water Quality Report in New Braunfels shows no violations and full compliance. That goes for the tap water. We'll discuss later how to check the river water quality before you get in.

Safest Places to Visit in New Braunfels

“Play In New Braunfels” is the name of the tourism website for the city.

It does include the Gruene Historic District, but we have a separate article about Gruene on our website.

We have a lot to unpack in New Braunfels, so let’s dive in.

PARKS & RIVERS

Two rivers steal headlines in New Braunfels.

One is the Comal River, often called the “longest shortest river in the world”, spanning just 2.5 miles.

It flows through town, with tubing one of the top draws to this community.

Due to being spring-fed, the river stays 72°F year-round.

For a more dynamic river experience, head over to the Guadalupe River.

Known for its scenic beauty and more challenging rapids, the Guadalupe attracts kayakers, rafters, and tubers looking for a bit of adventure.

It winds through lush landscapes, offering picturesque views and plenty of spots to stop for a picnic or a swim.

You can also take the Hill Country Coast tour from New Braunfels to Canyon Lake along the Guadalupe River.

It looks like there should be a website for HillCountryCoast.com, but I can’t tell if it’s still being built or has stopped being maintained.

In any event, you can check the Canyon Lake Texas organization’s website for details about that beautiful lake filled with beaches.

If you’re more into parks, Landa Park is a must-visit.

Spanning over 50 acres, it offers something for everyone.

You can stroll along the walking trails, rent a paddleboat on Landa Lake, or play a round of mini-golf.

The park’s spring-fed pool is a favorite among families, providing a cool and natural swimming experience.

For those who appreciate history mixed with their outdoor activities, Hinman Island Park is the place to go.

This park offers easy access to the Comal River, and its shaded picnic areas are ideal for family gatherings.

It’s also near the historic Faust Street Bridge, a 19th-century iron bridge that provides a picturesque backdrop.

Nature goes underground at Natural Bridge Caverns (not to be confused with Natural Bridges National Monument in Utah).

This is Texas’ largest commercial cave system and a natural wonder.

Next door, you can visit exotic animals at Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch.

MUSEUMS

The Sophienburg Museum & Archives tells the story of the German settlers who founded New Braunfels in 1845, featuring artifacts and exhibits that bring the town’s early days to life.

It provides insights into the journey of Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels and the settlers he led to Texas.

The McKenna Children’s Museum offers an engaging, hands-on experience for families, with interactive exhibits covering topics from health and wellness to space exploration.

Designed for children, it’s a lively environment that makes learning fun.

The Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture showcases handcrafted Biedermeier furniture in a preserved 19th-century home, highlighting the German-Texan tradition of fine woodworking.

It’s a fascinating stop for history buffs and art lovers.

The New Braunfels Railroad Museum, located in the old train depot, features model train displays, historic photographs, and artifacts that tell the story of the railroad’s impact on the region.

Outdoor exhibits include real train cars for visitors to explore.

The Lindheimer House Museum is dedicated to Ferdinand Lindheimer, the “Father of Texas Botany,” and preserves his contributions to botany and the early development of New Braunfels.

The historic home offers a cozy glimpse into the life of one of the town’s key figures.

TOURS

New Braunfels also offers various types of tours, where you want to learn about Pinot Grigio or ghosts, and other options in between.

Tours can be done by walking or driving, and you can download self-guided tour maps if you prefer.

No matter which tour you choose, check out the Historic Outdoor Art Museum murals across town as you go.

Places to Avoid in New Braunfels

From a crime standpoint, there aren’t any dangerous neighborhoods or bad parts of town.

Since one of the biggest concerns in New Braunfels is flooding, you might want to check the FEMA flood zone maps to see which areas would flood first.

That could help you choose a hotel or rental far away from the highest-risk area.

If you stay north of Texas State Route 46 at I-35, you’ll be out of the risk area.

Also, avoid going in the water without a tube and a life jacket.

The currents can be strong and unpredictable at times.

Safety Tips for Traveling to New Braunfels

  1. New Braunfels has a local police department. You can call them at (830)221-4100 to ask specific safety questions. Also, follow them on Facebook @NewBraunfelsPD to get updated information.
  2. Due to the likelihood of flooding and storm damage here, follow the city on Facebook @CityofNewBraunfels to get storm damage, road closures and detours.
  3. The Regional Emergency Alert Network issues notifications about severe weather and public safety threats. You can sign up through the Everbridge program. It’s free to sign up, and you can choose if you get text messages or phone calls.
  4. In addition, sign up for the Alert Me section of the city’s website. As an example, the difference is that the alert network will tell you of flash flood warnings, while the city will tell you where free sandbags are located.
  5. Free loaner lifejackets are available around the river access points in New Braunfels. If you don’t have one of your own, please use these. I have come across several reports of drownings in the past few years, even a couple at the Tube Chute in the city.
  6. As noted above, the area here is prone to flooding. That starts with rising river levels, which can impact access to and safety of the rivers. At a certain point, river levels are too high to even attempt tubing. In a drought, it might not be safe either. Then there’s the concern about water quality. This is why using a tubing company is the best idea – they check the safety steps for you.
  7. This area is known for its bass and catfish, making fishing a popular activity. You will need a license from Texas Parks & Wildlife to go fishing. You can purchase them online.
  8. Many parking areas near the river are for residents only and a permit is required. As of this publication, new ordinances are changing how parking spots are allotted, so check the city’s website before you go to track down parking. Also, if you’re staying in a rental, ask if a river parking pass comes with it.
  9. Use the Drive Texas website or app to check traffic conditions before you drive around. You can also see weather conditions at your destination, check live cameras, or find detours around construction zones.
  10. Do not feed wildlife in this area, and that even goes for the ducks or geese in ponds or parks. Violating this law can result in a $500 fine.

So... How Safe Is New Braunfels Really?

New Braunfels is ranked as one of the top Texas cities to move to or retire in, according to new reports out in 2024.

The huge population boom backs that up, as do the lower-than-average crime rates.

Beyond residents, the 2024 Texas Travel Awards named it the Destination of the Year.

The violent crime rate is 65% lower than the national average and 68% lower than the state average.

While violent crime has increased 66% since 2010, that’s not keeping up with the growth pace of 92%.

In 2010, the violent crime rate showed 210 crimes for every 100,000 people.

In 2023, that number was 138 per 100,000.

Even theft is 33% below the national average.

Car break-ins and accessory thefts make up 44% of theft.

This risk is easily lowered by locking your car doors and removing personal items when you park.

About 10 car burglaries or accessory thefts happen per week, while up to four cars are stolen each week.

As far as finding a family-friendly place with plenty of space yet a decent urban area to explore, you really can’t beat the appeal of New Braunfels.

How Does New Braunfels Compare?

CitySafety Index
New Braunfels83
Oakland57
New Orleans57
Baltimore56
Boston67
Washington DC56
New York City67
Phnom Penh (Cambodia)61
Niagara Falls (Canada)87
Calgary (Canada)82
Buenos Aires (Argentina)60
Vancouver (Canada)82
Cordoba (Argentina)61

Useful Information

Visas

Visas

All international visitors need either a visa defining the purpose of the trip (tourist, work, school, etc.) or a visa waiver. Start the process using the Visa Wizard module on the U.S. State Department website. You’ll quickly find out which one you need. Also, keep in mind that your passport must be valid for at least six months after our trip, or you’ll need to apply for a new one.

Currency

Currency

Only the U.S. Dollar (USD) is accepted in the United States. San Antonio International Airport has currency exchange services in Terminal A at Marcy's Business Travel Center. For those using credit cards, check to see if there’s a foreign transaction fee before you start racking up charges.

Weather

Weather

Winters are mild, with highs in the 60s but lows getting into the 30s. A gradual warm-up in spring peaks in summer with highs in the mid-90s and lows in the 70s. Pack comfortable, casual clothing, but bring a jacket for cooler evenings or mornings. Bring bug spray and sunscreen, too.

Airports

Airports

New Braunfels National Airport is only for charter flights, but you can get to San Antonio International Airport in 35 minutes without traffic. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is less than an hour north.

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance

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New Braunfels Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 10° C
Feb 12° C
Mar 16° C
Apr 20° C
May 24° C
Jun 27° C
Jul 29° C
Aug 29° C
Sep 26° C
Oct 21° C
Nov 15° C
Dec 11° C
Choose Temperature Unit

Average High/Low Temperature

Temperature / MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
High
°C
171923273033353532282218
Low
°C
3591318212322191484
High
°F
636673818691959590827264
Low
°F
374148556470737266574639

Texas - Safety by City

CitySafety Index
Abilene67
Amarillo65
Austin65
Carrollton72
Corpus Christi71
Dallas64
Del Rio68
Dell City81
El Paso77
Fort Davis80
Fort Worth77
Fredericksburg85
Garland83
Granbury74
Gruene82
Harlingen75
Houston59
Irving79
Laredo68
Llano83
Lubbock38
Luckenbach77
Marathon78
Marfa80
McAllen74
Nacogdoches78
New Braunfels83
Plano86
Port Aransas83
San Antonio53
Schulenburg83
Sherman73
Smithville84
South Padre Island70
Tyler70
Waco61
Waxahachie83
Weslaco68
Wichita Falls68
Wimberley81

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