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10 Best Outdoor Fall Activities in Texas

By Ian-Spiegel Blum

10 Best Outdoor Fall Activities in Texas

The motto “Everything is bigger in Texas” applies to just about everything, especially the festivities. Texans know how to celebrate fall right, with a festival almost every weekend, hiking trails waiting to be explored, and food that is sure to “wow” you. With so much excitement, who would know where to begin? Consider the following 10 best outdoor fall activities to plan your perfect Texas fall. 

Continue the tradition of the Texas Rose Festival

The Texas Rose Festival began in 1933 and remains a quintessentially Texan event. Kicking off with the coronation of a festival queen, the festival includes a Rose Show, Queen’s Tea, and Rose Parade. Additionally, the festival, which goes on in the middle of October, hosts crafts fairs, art shows, live music, and much more. 

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Participate in the Texas Renaissance Festival

While the Rose Festival encapsulates all of Texas’s Southern, traditional charm, the Texas Renaissance Festival showcases the charm of yesteryear. Lasting from the end of September through the end of November, the Renaissance Festival offers themed weekends, ye old shoppes, jousts, gift shops, Halloween celebrations, campground options, and much more. 

Attend the State Fair of Texas

The State Fair of Texas’s mission statement is to “celebrate all things Texan by promoting agriculture, education, and community involvement through quality entertainment in a family-friendly environment.” The fair hosts livestock exhibitions, creative competitions, live music, family fun shows, college football, and just about anything you want to eat, so long as what you want to eat is deep fried.

Celebrate your German roots during Wurstfest

Wurstfest in New Braunfels is Oktoberfest, but in November. This indoor and outdoor festival includes German food, beer, themed live music events, as well as dancing, carnival rides, games, and more. Revel in the Bavarian culture during this weeklong event.

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Take the family for a fun-filled day of pumpkin picking at Barton Hill Farms

Barton Hill Farms hosts their own fall festival from the end of September to early November. According to their website, Barton Hill Farms invites you to wander through the corn maze, jump on the huge jumping pillow, pick out your own pumpkin in the pumpkin patch, visit the farm animals, and so much more! In other words, they invite you to have the perfect family weekend.

Get lost in the South Texas Maize

Have an hour to kill? Not afraid of tall corn? Then the Graff 7A Ranch South Texas Maize is for you. Open from mid-September until the end of November, the South Texas Maize covers over seven acres and takes at least an hour to complete. Admission also includes hayride, hay bale jump, pig races, and more.

Experience fall’s beauty from horseback with the Big Bend & Lajitas Stables

Big Bend and Lajitas Stables offers “exceptional Texas horseback trail riding” for those that want to experience all that fall has to offer but aren’t lucky enough to own a horse themselves. They have stables in Big Bend and Lajitas, providing two excellent starting points. Choose from hourly rides or overnight trips, each guided with an expert horseback rider. 

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Go RV camping at By the River RV Park and Campground

By the River Campground in Kerrville, Texas sits along the Guadalupe river and spans 65 acres of trails, picnic areas, and campsites. They offer pull thru, back-in, and waterfront campsites with 30 and 50 AMPs. Enjoy the cooler weather and the splendid colors from your very own RV.

Go off-roading at the Northwest OHV Park

The City of Bridgeport offers an excellent off-road vehicle park, called the Northwest OHV Park. Prices are quite reasonable with a substantial discount for residents. Choose from over 25 miles of trails with varying degrees of difficulty all throughout the park.

Lost Maples State Natural Area, Vanderpool, TX

Wandering through the golden trees at Lost Maples State Natural Area is the ultimate way to soak in all this season has to offer. October and November provide you with tolerable temperatures, crisp air rolling in, and an array of red-toned colors scattered throughout the trees. There are over 10 miles of trails to explore, campsites to stay at through the night, plenty of fishing opportunities, spots to go bird watching, and more.

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As local communities continue to update Covid-19 regulations, local destinations for outdoor recreation may be closed. Please visit official websites for the latest information.