Originally Posted by McGarrett50
You might want to consider New Braunfels on the East side of San Antonio. Not really "hill country" (although some there think so). The advantages are Schlitterbahn Water Park (unlike any water park you'll find), tubing on the Guadalupe River and you're less than an hour to San Antonio and Austin where there are many other things to do for kids and adults.
We just stayed at Hill Country Cottage & RV Resort
and found it very pleasant. Plus there is an amazing kid-friendly outdoor pool and 2 indoor pools. Seems to have lots of activities on their calendar and many facilities. New Braunfels and Gruene are quaint towns that we really enjoy.
I'd have to agree with most of this assessment. Except for the assertion that New Braunfels and Gruene are "quaint towns". That may have been the case as little as 5-7 yrs ago, but the area has EXPLODED in recent years. And during spring break (the OP's target time window) the place is anything but quaint. More like a fraternity house mixed in with a zoo. Between the extremely popular tubing rivers, (the Comal and the Guadalupe), and Schlitterbahn, it's a wreck. Everywhere is PACKED with intoxicated college kids. The whole area is almost as much a magnet as South Padre Island for the local universities (UT Austin, Texas State, Texas A&M, UTSA, etc...) As locals, we tend to steer clear of the area during Spring Break, and most times during the summer, it just gets too crazy for our taste.
This all thins out as you move further West, away into the "Hill Country", but not a whole lot. The popular places are all packed during that time, and it's difficult to find the nice little pockets of sanity.
Spring Break is smack in the middle of our busiest time at work, so we don't get to go out during that time, but that works out just fine for us most of the time; we don't like the crowds anyway.
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