Houston's gorgeous fall weather makes it the perfect time to get outside for some pumpkins, hayrides, corn mazes, and more. Plus, several of these fall events run through the Thanksgiving season, so you'll have plenty of time to engage in harvest festival activities.
Dewberry Farm, located about an hour outside of Houston in Brookshire, has something for everyone to enjoy all year long as well as special fall season attractions. From the end of September through early November, choose the perfect pumpkin from a 16-acre pumpkin patch, take a wagon ride around the farm, or try to make your way through the nearby eight-acre corn maze.
Other fun activities for the little ones include the giant roller slide, a zip line, pedal carts, a barnyard with goats, bunnies and ponies, and a 12-foot mountain made entirely of hay bales to climb.
For the adults, enjoy a day in the country, chow down on Texas barbecue, and relax in the wine and beer garden.
The hayrides at Oil Ranch in Hockley are a just a small part of the annual Pumpkin Patch and Scarecrow Festival held during the entire month of October. Visit the ranch during this time to pick a favorite from thousands of pumpkins and marvel at 60 fully-decorated scarecrows.
The regular entrance fee includes all ranch activities plus the fall events and activities. Hours vary according to weather conditions.
If you don't mind a bit of a drive, the Rocky Creek Corn Maze is worth the two-hour trek to the Chaloupka Family Farm. Located in Moulton, Texas, about halfway between Houston and San Antonio, this 8-acre maze usually takes 30-45 minutes to complete and boasts 2.5 miles of paths. After you're done, you can partake in a number of other family-friendly activities, including a giant sandbox and a butterfly garden. The season runs through mid-November.
Harvest Festival, a fall family tradition at Matt Family Orchard in Tomball, offers campfires, a massive pumpkin patch, "King of the Hill" haystack, hayrides through a 145-acre wooded trail, and fully-garbed scarecrows. Other opportunities for fun on the grounds are swing sets, board games, tetherball, and volleyball. For groups of 15 and over, reservations and a deposit are required. Harvest Festival in October is when the Asian persimmons will be ready for harvesting at the farm.
The Fall Festival and Corn Maze at P-6 Farm in Montgomery is truly remarkable. The fall activities feature the Lone Star Corn Maize, a Texas-size series of twists and turns cut into in over eight acres of corn, that you reach via tractor-pulled hayride. When you've finally found your way out, try your hand at the water cannon, jump like crazy on the gigantic tarp trampoline, or barrel your way down the tube slides. The festival runs from the beginning of October through Thanksgiving and is open to the public only on the weekends. You can purchase tickets online.