The sun has set on Summer 2021, and the smell of pumpkin spice is in the air. Fall is here, and it’s my favorite time of year in San Antonio! We finally get a break from the 100+ degree temperatures, and there is no shortage of fun family activities to celebrate the arrival of pumpkins, apple cider, and gorgeous fall foliage. (Okay, that last one is mostly just wishful thinking.)
Although COVID is still trying to steal our fun, you can find plenty of fall activities in South Texas this year! The cooler weather makes it the perfect time to get out in the fresh air and make memories with your family.
We all know that plans can change quickly these days, so please refer to the location’s website or social media for updated operating schedules and offerings before heading out. And, as always, be sure to follow local and state mandates and use your best judgment when visiting public areas.
- Barton Hill Farms: Take a road trip to this picturesque farm between Austin and Bastrop for a day filled with pumpkins, a five-acre corn maze, live music, and much more, all set along the banks of the scenic Colorado River. Purchase tickets online in advance.
- Boerne Boo!: This Halloween celebration will have “fun zones,” trick-or-treating, and a costume contest. The event is October 23 from 4:00–7:00 p.m. at the Patrick Heath Public Library parking lot.
- San Antonio Botanical Garden’s Pumpkin Palooza: This event celebrates all things pumpkin with hands-on activities, tastings, workshops, and fall-inspired food and drinks for purchase. Event is included with Garden admission or membership. Saturday, October 9, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The Garden will also host its annual BOOtanica event on October 23, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
- Local pumpkin patches are always a favorite fall activity for San Antonio families, and there are many to choose from!
- The City of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department has many family events scheduled to celebrate fall. Events include the “Soul Searching” cemetery tour, Ghouls, Ghosts, and Glow Golf at Landa Park, a Family Fun Campout, DAS Pumpkin Patch in the pool, Monster Mania at the Landa Recreation Center, and more. See the Fun Things Guide for more information.
- 4th Annual Corny Maze at Traders Village: This 10-acre corn maze will be open weekends in September, October, and November. It contains three trails (easy, medium, and hard) to challenge all ages and levels of maze-goers. Traders Village also offers a petting zoo, inflatable slide, theme park rides, and lots of shopping.
- Devine Acres Farm: A favorite for fall fun, the farm is open weekends in October and on Columbus Day. Admission includes live entertainment and 49+ activities, including catch-and-release fishing, hayrides, a petting zoo, mazes, and more. Their Christmas tree farm will open on November 20.
- Fiesta Texas Fright Fest: This event offers family-friendly fun during the day and spooky thrills at night. You’ll find haunted houses, scare zones, entertainment and shows, fall-inspired food and drinks, and of course, rides. Open select dates, September 10–October 31.
- Good News Pumpkin Patch: This pumpkin patch in southeast San Antonio offers free admission and free Saturday night movies, plus low-cost activities, such as a hayride, laser tag, and more. The pumpkin patch opens on October 9.
- Jenschke Orchards: The “real” pumpkin patch alone is worth the trip to Fredericksburg! Grab a plastic knife and wagon and cut your own pumpkins off the vine. There are many different sizes and types of pumpkins, and kids love the experience of seeing how they grow! (Call or check social media for pumpkin availability. Pumpkins are $0.75 per pound.) Jenschke Orchards also offers a five-acre corn maze ($12 per person, 2 and under are free), a corn pit with 20,000 pounds of corn for playing and jumping, wagon rides, a jumpy pillow, cowboy roping, and corn hole. Open Fridays–Sundays until Halloween.
- Fall Foliage at Lost Maples State Natural Area: Texas isn’t known for its gorgeous fall foliage, but Lost Maples is! The Uvalde bigtooth maples and other trees in the park turn beautiful shades of orange, yellow, and red beginning in mid-October. Check the park’s fall foliage report for more information. Lost Maples has over ten miles of hiking trails, camping sites with water and electricity, and fishing in the Sabinal River or Can Creek. Reserve day passes up to 30 days in advance or camping sites up to five months in advance. Advance reservations are strongly recommended, as they usually sell out well in advance.
- Love Creek Orchards’ Great Hill Country Pumpkin Patch: Take a short, scenic drive to Medina to experience the fun at Love Creek Orchards. Admission is $7.00 for ages 3+ (active military admission is $4.00) and includes a hay maze, orchard tours, scarecrow building, farm animals, storytelling, and more. Pumpkins and apple goodies are available for purchase. The pumpkin patch opens on October 9 and is open on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays through October 31.
- The Apple Store Bakery and Cafe: While in Medina, don’t miss the Love Creek Orchards Apple Store Bakery and Cafe. The four-pound apple pie has been named the best in Texas by “Texas Monthly” magazine. Take my word for it and try it. This pie is worth the trip to Medina all on its own! The Bakery offers over 50 items made from fresh apples, including apple ice cream. The Cafe offers hamburgers and other lunch items and has an outdoor dining area.
- Milberger’s Halloween Weekend Celebration, October 30–31: The gorgeous setting, hay maze (open daily starting in late September), and fun decorations at Milberger’s are the perfect backdrop for your family’s fall photos. You’ll also find a “terror train,” treat bags, face painting, a balloon artist, a moon bounce, and more. Admission is free and pumpkins (and many plants) are available for purchase.
- Owl Creek Farm: Located in West San Antonio, Owl Creek Farm offers a pumpkin patch with pony rides, tractor rides, haunted hikes, and more. Check their Facebook page for updates.
- Pipe Creek Pumpkin Patch: This pumpkin patch is located at the Pipe Creek Christmas Tree Farm and offers hayrides, rubber duck races, farm animals, pumpkin painting, and many more activities set among its 6,000 Christmas trees. Pumpkin patch activities are geared toward children ages 10 and under. Admission is $6.00 for ages 3+. Open weekends in October. The Christmas Tree Farm opens on November 22.
- SeaWorld Spooktacular: Visit on weekends from September 16–October 31 for trick-or-treating, fall decorations, pumpkin painting, kid-friendly Halloween shows, and Sesame Street characters riding on Halloween-themed floats. Park reservations are no longer required.
- South Texas Maize at Graff 7A Ranch: Located near Hondo, the South Texas Maize is
home to a seven-acre corn maze (divided into two parts), giant slides, hayrides, jumping pillows, a barrel train, and much more. Live music is offered on some weekends and campfire sites are available to reserve. Weekend admission is $18.50 for ages 3–64, and $14 for ages 65+. Season opens September 18. Tickets are available online.
- Stars and Stripes Drive-in Theatre in New Braunfels is showing Halloween-themed movies such as “The Addams Family 2” and “Halloween Kills” from late September through October. Check the schedule for more details. Enjoy the cool, fall evening air from the comfort of your vehicle or folding chair. Advance tickets are recommended.
- Sweet Berry Farm: The Harvest of Fall Fun is open September 4–November 7 (closed Wednesdays). Pay only for the activities you want to participate in. Activities include the Texas-shaped maze, pony rides, scarecrow stuffing, pick-your-own flowers (zinnias), barrel train, and more. Pumpkins and fall photo opportunities are available. Sweet Berry Farm is located near Marble Falls.
- Vogel Orchard: The pick-your-own pumpkin patch will open in October and will include sweet treats and more. Vogel Orchard is located near Stonewall.
- Zoo Boo at the San Antonio Zoo: Open daily September 18–October 31, Zoo Boo includes trick-or-treating, pumpkin painting, dance parties, costume contests, a hay maze, and other non-scary fun with paid zoo admission. Dragon Forest is also open on select dates through October 31. (Separate paid admission is required.)
- Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center: Look for spooky scenes in MINILAND®, participate in a Halloween-themed creative workshop, take photos with the giant DUPLO® pumpkin, and more. The festivities are included with general admission tickets and will be open October 8–31.
- Outdoor Family Film Series at Mission Marquee Plaza: Free family-friendly, Halloween-themed movies on select dates in October. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and snacks, or purchase food from the food trucks on site. Movies include “Cruella,” “Hotel Transylvania,” and “Hocus Pocus.”
- “Happy Fall, Y’all” at Natural Bridge Caverns: Enjoy the Texas Hill Country while listening to live music, watching animal shows, or participating in one of many free activities. Kids can trick-or-treat on October 30 and 31.
- Texas Transportation Museum’s Spook-track-ula: Visit during the day (2:00–6:00 p.m.) for a kid-friendly trick-or-treating scavenger hunt, or brave the spookier version of this event at night (6:00–9:00 p.m.). The evening event may be too scary for young children. Check the TTM’s website for event dates and ticket prices.