Fall has officially arrived! Who’s ready for some fall adventures! Here at Jellystone Park™, we are fortunate enough to be centrally located to many nearby attractions – perfect for campers to escape for a day trip! One of the most well-known nearby attractions is the Historic District – Gruene. Located only 12 miles away from the park, Gruene offers plenty of fun, shopping and entertainment for all of Texas Hill Country.

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Gruene was once a town in Comal County, Texas and was a significant cotton-producing community along the Guadalupe River. Over the years the town shifted into a historical district flooded with tourism.  Gruene has many attractions that draw people in, including Gruene Mansion Inn, Gruene Mercantile Store and Antique Store, Gruene Tubing on the Guadalupe River, The Grapevine Wine Tasting, Gruene Market Days, and of course, Gruene Hall.

Gruene Hall, is Texas’ oldest and most famous dance hall. The bar and dance hall, were built in 1878 and soon became the social center for the community.  The 6,000 square foot dance hall hasn’t changed much since it was first built. The hall still has the original layout with side flaps for open air dancing, a bar in the front, a small lighted stage in the back and a huge outdoor garden. Many of the old advertisements from the 1930s and 1940s still hang in the hall and around the stage. Gruene Hall is most popular for their music – as the current owner made the hall internationally recognized as a destination tourist attraction and major music venue. Gruene Hall has hosted Willie Nelson, George Strait, Townes Van Zandt, and many more. The Hall has even been featured in several books. The Hall is most known for hosting performances where no one knows if the artist they see today will be a star tomorrow.


So if you are looking for a fall adventure while staying at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ Hill Country make sure to check out Gruene Historic District! To view more information on local attractions, check out our local attractions page.