Landa Park offers a variety of amenities under the shade of giant oak trees. Walk on the park’s trails or ride the miniature train around the 51-acre park. An excursion on a paddle boat is one of the best ways to see the Comal Springs and Landa Lake. Enjoy a round of miniature golf, relax at the playground or enjoy the flora and fauna on the Panther Canyon Trail. Landa Park is designated as a Lone Star Legacy Park.
Hours: 6 am - Midnight
Address: 164 Landa Park Drive, New Braunfels, TX 78130
Parking: Parking Lots
Size: 51 acres
Landa Park offers many ways to get out, have fun, and enjoy the beauty of the park. Click on the link below for more information on each attraction. Landa Park is free to enter, however, some attractions may have fees.
Schedule your next family or company event in one of the beautiful group picnic sites or covered pavilions. Park reservations may be made in person or by phone at the Parks Administrative Office (830) 221-4350, up to 18 months in advance. Payment is due in full at the time the reservation is made. Payments are accepted by check, cash or VISA, Discover, MasterCard and American Express.
William & Dolores Schumann Arboretum
Thanks to the foresight and devotion of members of the Guada Coma Garden Club, Landa Park was designated as an arboretum in 1982. In 2007, the arboretum was named after William and Dolores Schumann, in honor of their endless devotion to this botanical jewel. The Dolores and Bill Schumann Arboretum is home to over 80 species of trees making it one of the most diverse arboretums in Texas. This arboretum acts as a "living library" of trees, providing a classroom setting for the study of botany, arboriculture and other popular interest.
The heart of Landa Park is its natural artesian springs known as Comal Springs, the largest springs in Texas and the North American Southwest. Owned by Harry and Joseph Landa from 1847 - 1927, the property was developed as a private park for family guests. By 1898, railroad spurs ran into Landa’s Park bringing visitors from San Antonio and throughout the state. Many picturesque amenities were created including a Phillipine-style gazebo on the lake shore, footbridges of cedar branch construction, and dining and dance pavilions of similar construction. Landa’s Park remained a popular tourist destination known as the “Beauty Spot of Texas” until 1927.
Opening to the Public
The park was sold to investors in 1927 and during the Great Depression fell in to disrepair. The President of the Junior Chamber of Commerce began an effort to negotiate the purchase of the park for $80,000. A bond referendum was passed, and in 1936, Landa Park was officially opened to the public.
Features built prior to 1936 still remain in the park today, including the spring-fed swimming pool and Philippine Gazebo. Additional amenities have been added such as a fishing pier, an Olympic pool, eighteen hole golf course, miniature golf course, baseball fields, volleyball court, and horseshoe pitching area. The park is home to the William and Dolores Schumann Arboretum, containing over 56 different trees species, many of which are 100 years old and older.
To the delight of children, a miniature railroad traverses the park. Children enjoy a state of the art playground, and paddle boats and canoes give opportunities for further enjoyment of the lake.
The WPA/CCC did impressive work in Landa Park. The three vehicular bridges still in use exhibit the craftsmanship of these talented workers. Many of the existing walls which line the park waterways were built by them. The impressive stonework of the spring-fed pool area including all the walks was also created by these workers as was the former limestone bathhouse.
Landa Park Today
Landa Park is a place for celebrations, community events and is part of the fabric of New Braunfels history. Strong civic support for the park is still exhibited by New Braunfels residents as evidenced by many volunteer organizations who dedicated time, energy and funding to the park. Friends for the Preservation of Historic Landa Park, the New Braunfels Parks Foundation, Garden Clubs of New Braunfels, Lions Club, Rotary International, and Boy Scouts of America are just some of the groups who continue to help Landa Park shine.