The heat has broken and it’s finally time for some fall fun! Autumn weekends are made for making memories, so take advantage of everything the season has to offer with this list of some of our favorite fall activities for the whole family.
Go to a Pumpkin Patch
They’re everywhere and they’re not a big time commitment, but the outdoor, screen-free fun of hunting for the best pumpkin in the entire patch is something that kids of all ages can enjoy. Whether you carve them, draw on them, paint them, or just leave them on your porch as inexpensive, festive decorations, picking pumpkins at a pumpkin patch is a quick, easy way to score some fantastic fall fun!
Cheer on a Sports Team
It’s finally a tolerable temperature to sit in an open-air stadium or on the side of a field and scream at the top of your lungs! Whether you buy tickets for a professional game or just go root for the local public school, venturing out to a sports match with the family is an exciting way to spend a crisp afternoon together.
Find a Fair
Fall is definitely fair season. The Texas State Fair is wrapping up, but there are county fairs all over the state this month, not to mention Fall Festivals and Trade Days where you can find booths filled with tasty treats and hand-made treasures. And don’t forget, fall is renaissance fair season, too! It’s a great chance to dress up, take a walk through the forest, listen to some live lute music, and watch a few rounds of jousting.
In Texas, camping is a year-round pursuit and that’s why Texas is full of gorgeous state parks just waiting to be explored. If you’ve never been before, you’re missing out on some of our state’s crowning jewels. There are hiking and biking trails that are accessible to all skill levels, and they’re well mapped and marked so that they’re safe for everyone to enjoy. Many state parks have playgrounds for the kids, and all of them have bathrooms in well-lit and easy-to-access locations.
If you’re not ready to spend the whole night, most state parks have day-use facilities where you and your family can build a nice campfire and get to know the park’s trails and hidden treasures without committing to sleeping there. And if you are ready to spend the whole night, get ready for some of the brightest stars of the year! Cold air can’t hold as much moisture as hot air, so chilly fall nights lead to crystal clear skies which are perfect for stargazing and trying to find a shooting star to make a wish on.