The park was not crowded at all when we visited on a Tuesday afternoon. What a treat!
The river is just under the trees on the left side of this picture. The tiny orange dots are kids running with tubes to the river.
The boys got in the river here. It’s a little sandy but if you wear water shoes (or just old running shoes), it shouldn’t affect you very much.
This is the view looking downstream.
We didn’t try the rope swing, but it was pretty tempting.
The cypress trees were really amazing and they provided some shade, too.
This huge tree was quite a sight!
The boys could not resist running across the beautiful green lawn.
We decided to swim over to a shallow area and look for crawdads. In this picture, you can see that the river bottom is sandy (vs. rocky) by the trail my son is leaving behind him.
As we were swimming, we noticed a little reptilian head peeking out of the water. Don’t worry: it’s just a turtle!
Here was the view as we headed upstream.
The sign lets people who are tubing know that this is the last public exit for the river.
We were nowhere near ready to “exit the river.” We were just getting started.
We saw lots of interesting creatures during our visit to Cypress Bend Park including this stately snowy egret. Too bad his distinctive yellow feet aren’t visible.
The boys played in this section of the river for over an hour.
We were delighted to spot (and get a picture of) this yellow-crowned night heron.
There was a small section of “rapids” that the kids enjoyed playing in.
They made up a complicated game with all kinds of rules about when they could use their hands, etc. to swim upstream. This section of rapids leads to an area of the river that is at least 6 feet deep. Plan ahead and bring life jackets or other swimming support for younger children or inexperienced swimmers.
Before we left, we visited the playground.
There isn’t much shade on the playground but it was still worth stopping by.
There’s a nice pavilion where you can enjoy your picnic or snacks.
While we didn’t bring our own horseshoes, if we had, there’s horseshoe pit ready to go!
Austin Active Kids Opinion: This picturesque and easy-going park is a perfect getaway for water-splashing fun!
Outing Time: 3 hours at Cypress Bend Park plus 45 minutes each way driving to New Braunfels (in no traffic).
Reminders: Cypress Bend Park’s hours are 8 a.m. to dusk. There is no admission fee or parking fee at the park. Please note that there are no lifeguards on duty.
Bring lifejackets for kids still developing swimming skills, sunscreen, drinks, snacks, towels, water toys, water shoes, and floats. We had a lot of fun with our water guns! If you plan to stay a while, consider bringing camp chairs and a pop-up shade canopy.
The park has restrooms, picnic tables, and a playscape.
We visited on a Tuesday afternoon and the park had very few visitors. We drove through the park once before when we were in New Braunfels for Father’s Day. While there were some people picnicking and celebrating, it still was not very crowded for a Sunday.