Houston's gorgeous fall weather makes it the perfect time to get outside for some pumpkins, hayrides, corn mazes, and more. By the time September is coming to an end, most of the local farms have already set up fall festivals and harvest activities, many of which continue through early November. And because it's Texas, make sure you arrive hungry because almost all of them offer delectable Texas BBQ that you won't be able to resist.
Dewberry Farm, located about an hour outside of Houston in Brookshire, has something for everyone to enjoy all year long, but the Fall Festival is one of the highlights of the year, taking place in 2020 from September 26 to November 15. Advanced tickets are required with a timed arrival for the 2020 Fall Festival, so buy tickets early for the date you want.
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 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 2020 Festival runs every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from October 2 until November 1. The regular entrance fee is half-off for Friday visits and includes all ranch activities—such as pony rides, rope climbs, and games—plus the seasonal fall events and activities.
Rocky Creek Corn Maze
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, open in 2020 from October 2 to November 15. 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, hayrides, duck races, and a butterfly garden. Older kids and adults who want to experience Halloween thrills can walk through the Haunted Trail, a separate corn maze that's filled with frightful characters on Friday and Saturday nights.
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 Maze, a Texas-size series of twists and turns cut into about 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 on-site pumpkin patch is the perfect place to pick out your future jack-o'-lantern, while the flower patch makes a great backdrop for a photo shoot.
The festival is open every Saturday and Sunday from September 26 until November 8, 2020, with tickets available for purchase online.
Pumpkin Patch at the Old Time Christmas Tree Farm
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 25 minutes north of Houston, the farm has pumpkins for sale and eight attractions including a petting zoo, train ride, hayride, arts and crafts for sale, and inflatables on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from October 2 to November 1, 2020. Come hungry because they offer snacks, shaved ice cones, and funnel cakes in the picnic area.