Houston's gorgeous fall weather makes it the perfect time to get outside for some pumpkins, hayrides, corn mazes, and more. Plus, several runs throughout the Thanksgiving season, so you'll have plenty of time to engage in festival fall activities.
Dewberry Farm is located about an hour outside of Houston, in a town called Brookshire. This place has something for everyone to enjoy all year long, as well as additional seasonal attractions. Near Halloween, 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, calf roping, and a 12-foot mountain made entirely of hay bales.
The hayrides at Oil Ranch are a just a small part of their 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.
Visitors over 2 years old pay a $16-$20 (plus tax) entrance fee that includes full access to all activities available on the ranch. 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 Farm. Located in Moulton, Texas, about halfway between Houston and San Antonio, this maze takes usually around 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.
Harvest Festival—a fall family tradition at Matt Family Orchard—offers campfires, a massive pumpkin patch, "King of the Hill" haystack, hayrides through a 145-acre wooded trail, and dressed 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.
The Fall Festival and Corn Maze at P-6 Farm is truly remarkable. It features the Lone Star Corn Maize, a Texas-size series of twists and turns engraved in over eight acres of corn. Get to the maze via tractor-pulled hayride, and when you're done, 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 only open to the public on the weekends.