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 8-acre corn maze. Other fun activities for the little ones include the giant roller slide, a zip line, pedal carts, a 12-foot mountain made entirely of hay bales to climb, and a barnyard with goats, bunnies, and ponies.
Adults can 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, a half-hour northeast of Houston, 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.
The Fall Festival and Corn Maze at P-6 Farm in Montgomery, a little over an hour from Houston, is the perfect time to explore the Lone Star Corn Maize, a Texas-size series of twists and turns cut into about 8 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.
It's not Christmas season quite yet, so the Old Time Christmas Tree Farm fills the fields with pumpkins, ripe for the picking. Located in Spring, just 26 minutes north of Houston, the farm has pumpkins for sale and has eight attractions including a petting zoo, train ride, hayride, arts and crafts for sale, and inflatables. Open in October, the hours are Friday evenings 4 p.m.–7 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
Come hungry because they offer snacks, shaved ice cones, and funnel cakes in the picnic area. Take some great photos of your family and your pets in this scenic rural setting. Entry is $7 for ages 2 and up and you'll pay extra for a pumpkin and for the rides.