Top 10 Fall Activities to Visit in Texas
Fall is such a great time to get out and do things in Texas!
With this year's record-breaking heat, I'm sure everyone is ready for the weather to finally cool off below 100 degrees Fahrenheit. We ready for those sutle hints of a Texas breeze. And All of nature's display that has not already yellowed from the heat begins to turn to new fall shades of oranges and browns. Ok, maybe we're not as colorful as the New England falls, but we'll take it anyway, right?
I've devoted several hubs to fall activities because, as you can imagine, there is just so much going on in Texas this time of year. We're a big state and I have managed to assemble my own list of the top 10 things you can do or see in the fall around Texas. These are in no particular order.
There are lots of links included to provide you much more information on the topics you find most interesting.
I hope you enjoy the weather and these fun activities! Grab the loved ones, pack up the car, and just get outdoors. Have some fun!
Corn Mazes-if you've never been to one, you're missing out. Click on the link to visit my hub devoted to corn maze locations all over the United States listed by state. I actually have another hub dedicated to Canadian corn mazes.
With the current economic conditions, more and more family farms are looking for ways to make some extra money. Many have found that turning their corn crop into a corn maze after the corn is harvested is a great way to make a little extra cash. Some farms, that have been doing it a long time, make quite a bit of cash.
Without going into a lot of detail here, a corn maze is a great activity to take your kids to, to take you significant other on a date to, or take a group of friends to. It's fun for all ages. Be sure to check out my hub for a corn maze near you!
Haunted Houses are for the more adventurous. Try visiting one of the many excellent Haunted Houses in Texas.
Click on the link to visit my hub that lists many of them with links to their websites. Visiting their websites is almost as good of a thrill. Some of them are superbly done.
Technology and creativity has certainly seen great advancements in these haunted houses compared to the ones we went to as kids. The realism is unbelievable. It's a shame these places are really only open for a month or so around Halloween and then maybe the odd Friday the 13th.
Visit Waxahachie, Tx for my three favorite haunts. From the ghoulish faces around the courthouse, to the real life ghosts at the Catfish Plantation, to the Munsters at the Munsters Mansion, you'll have a haunting good time.
Click on the link to learn more about why these three places are my favorite places to visit in Waxahachie.
Haunted Hotels-Austin & San Antonio, Tx
South Central Texas is loaded with reported paranormal activity. Take one of several ghost hunts or ghost walks in either city and see what fun you can stir up.
All of the hotels listed in my two hubs linked above are beautiful structures, made even more enticing with the prospect of running into some ghostly patrons.
State Fair of Texas in Dallas, Tx (Sept 30-Oct 23, 2011)
The State Fair of Texas has been held at its current location since 1886. You can't miss Big Tex, The Texas Star and fried butter!
Click on the first link to learn more about the fair itself and the second link to learn about this year's Big Tex Choice Award winner Abel Gonzales and his fried butter. He's a four time winner for his creations.
WurstFest in New Braunfels, Tx (Nov 4-13, 2011)
WurstFest is located in New Braunfels, Texas. It's 10 days of entertainment, food and fun!
In 1961 the WurstFest started out as simply a "Sausage Festival" with 2000 visitors, then it became "Wurst Week", and finally "Wurstfest" with thousands of visitors.
Here are their upcoming dates:
Future Wurstfest Dates
2011: November 4th - 13th
2012: November 2nd - 11th
2013: November 1st - 10th
2014: October 31st - November 9th
Fredericksburg, Tx Oktoberfest (Sept 30-Oct 2, 2011)
Frederickburg's Oktoberfestis located in Fredericksburg, Texas. This small German town celebrates its heritage through Oktoberfest. Join them for great German oompah music, good German food and drink, arts and crafts, children's area and family fun.
The drive along the road to Fredericksburg has always been a treat for me. There are links below to learn more about this picturesque area of the Texas Hill Country.
Texas Renaissance Festival in Houston, Tx (Oct 8-Nov 27, 2011)
Texas Renaissance Festival is lcoated at Plantersville, Texas near Houston. It is the nation's largest Renaissance theme park and has been going over 35 years. Each weekend has its own theme, special entertainment, contests an events. This year's themes are:
- 1001 Dreams
- Pirate Adventure
- All-Hallows Eve
- Roman Bacchanal
- Highland Fling
- Barbarian Invasion
- Celtic Christmas
The festival is set in an authentic re-creation of a 16th century English village situated on 53 acres with period costumed performers throughout the park. There are over 340 shoppes with unique arts and crafts, foods, and beverages,
Each night ends with a spectacular Royal Fireworks show held at sunset over the lake.
Sand Castle Days at South Padre Island (October 19-23, 2011)
The 24th Annual Sand Castle Days at South Padre Island runs from October 19-23, 2011.
For 2011, Sand Castle Days will host some of the best sand sculptors in the world! There will be cash prizes. This festival is one of the biggest and best international sand sculpting competitions in the United States.
I have wanted to go to this for years, but the date always catches me by surprise, because I don't normally think of beach activities in October. I really need to mark my calendar for this one!
South Padre Sand Castle Days in 2009
South Padre Island Sand Castle Days 2008
Great Links & Resources
- Texas Mountain Trail
- Austin Scenic Drives and Views
Austin Scenic Drives and Views - check out some of these very pretty drives and views
20 of the most popular scenic drives in Texas.
- Fredericksburg Texas Online - Scenic Drives Fredericksburg, Texas
Your Online Guide for scenic drives of Fredericksburg, Texas and the surrounding Texas Hill Country - including: scenic drive to: Boerne, Llano, Comfort, Luckenbach, Mo Ranch, Lost Maples, Willow City Loop, and Enchanted Rock.
- Hill Country Outdoor Guide
- Texas Scenic Drives from TexasEscapes.com
- Scenic Places in Texas Hill Country
Scenic Photos of Texas Hill Country including Enchanted Rock
- Fredericksburg Texas Online, the Ultimate Texas Hill Country Destination
The premier online visitor guide for Fredericksburg, Tx. The Ultimate Texas Hill Country Destination! Fredericksburg is a charming small town with fine dining, upscale shopping, Wine, Live Music, and Charming Lodging