September Vacation Ideas in Texas

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••• Texas Wine Garden at State Fair of Texas. Kimberly Viktorin

Although many people mentally link September with autumn, according to the calendar it is still a summer month. Well, at least partially, as the final three weeks of summer fall in September. Of course, anyone who has visited Texas during September is likely to agree with the summer categorization, as September weather is still plenty warm in the Lone Star State. But, in the big scheme of things, that's a good thing, as visitors are able to partake in almost all of Texas' summer vacation activities without having to deal with the giant summer crowds.

For families with school-age kids, it isn't quite as nice, as they have limited "getaway" time during September. However, there are still plenty of weekend events held this month and plenty of close-to-home attractions and vacation spots scattered across Texas.

Remember, September is Still Summertime

Early September is still summer and, to that end, visitors can expect to enjoy summer vacation activities. Swimming, surfing, wind surfing, jet skiing, water skiing and all the other water sports available on Texas lakes and along the coast will still be available, as water and air temperatures are still warm enough in September for water sports enthusiasts to comfortably "get wet." Additionally, the vast majority of Texas' theme parks , water parks and other summer attractions are still open in September, at least on weekends or, in some cases, extended weekends. So, popular summer hot spots such as Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Schlitterbahn (New Braunfels, Galveston and South Padre Island locations), SeaWorld San Antonio, Six Flags - Dallas, and others will still be a viable option for those visiting Texas during September.

And Then It Turns to Fall

Of course, despite the fact it is mostly a summer month, September is also the first full month of one of the most popular fall activities -- football. As most people know, Texans take their football seriously. Every weekend, from Thursday through Sunday, there are high school, college and professional football games taking place across the Lone Star State.

These games are popular for both Texas residents and visitors alike.

There are also a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities available in Texas during September. The ninth month is prime time for birding in Texas. September is also a great time for hiking, camping, rock climbing and fishing in the Lone Star State. More often than not, September sees summer weather throughout Texas, meaning most water sports are a possibility as well.

Festival TimeĀ 

As with most months in Texas, September is chocked full of festivals, events and celebrations. In fact, one of the year's biggest events -- the State Fair of Texas -- kicks off in September. This 24-day festival begins at the end of September and runs until late October. Best known for the myriad of deep fried foods available from State Fair vendors, numerous top-shelf concerts and the Texas-Oklahoma college football game, the State Fair of Texas has too many entertainment options to list and is definitely a "must see" for visitors to Texas during late September.

Several other well-known festivals take place every September. Held in the small town of West, just outside Waco, WestFest is one of the largest Czech heritage festivals in the state, drawing more than 20,000 visitors annually.

One of the state's most unique events also takes place in September. Austin's Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the country. Based out of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin and utilizing several other theatres throughout the city, Fantastic Fest features new horror, sci-fi, action, and fantasy films. Also in September, the Houston Hot Sauce Festival is the Bayou City's showcase event for any type of sauce with a little "kick" in it, including hot sauce, salsa, barbecue sauce, Bloody Mary mix and more, while in Brady, the World Championship BBQ Goat Cookoff is both popular and unique.