Can you believe it? October is here! Soon they days will be shorter (and cooler!), the leaves will begin to turn and then fall, and maybe – just maybe – we’ll need a jacket in the morning.
With the changing of seasons, also comes fun Fall activities and events. The Colorado River Trail has several fun Fall events coming up, so get out your calendar and plan your October and November family outings.
Sweet Berry Farm – Marble Falls
Make the short drive to Marble Falls for the “Harvest of Fall Fun” at Sweet Berry Farm. Once there, you won’t want to leave. They have pumpkins and gourds to buy, pumpkin painting, hayrides, horse rides, a Texas-shaped maze, and much more. But I think my favorite activity there is scarecrow stuffing. Sweet Berry Farm has pants, shirts, and hats and lots of straw so families can make their own Fall decoration to take home!
Activities: Priced individually
Dates: September 29 – November 11, 2012
Elgin Christmas Tree Farm – Elgin
Just east of Austin is the town of Elgin. While it’s well-known for its BBQ, Elgin also has some fun family attractions and activities as well. You won’t want to miss October Fun at the Elgin Christmas Tree Farm. Starting October 6, there are fun activities for just the cost of admission. October Fun is open weekdays and the 1st and 4th weekends.
You’ll find hayrides, mazes, animals to pet, pumpkins to decorate, pumpkin photo ops, and so much more. Pumpkins are available to purchase for an additional charge.
Elgin Christmas Tree Farm is also host to a Pumpkin Festival! The Pumpkin Festival happens on the 2nd and 3rd weekends of October (October 13-14 and October 20-21). For the price of admission, your whole family will enjoy live bluegrass music, mazes, pumpkin painting, duck races, hay rides, and more fun than you can shake a stick at. Pony rides, tasty food, and pumpkins are available for an additional charge.
Evergreen Farms – Elgin
Also located in Elgin is Evergreen Farms, and you’ll want to visit every weekend in October for Pumpkin Hunt. This family-friendly event features like wagon rides, pumpkin decorating, a petting zoo, and pumpkin photos. For a small fee, you can also try your luck at the Pumpkin Launcher or Pumpkin Maze, get your face painted, or go on a train ride.
But the premier event is the Pumpkin Hunt. Your kids will love taking a wagon ride out into the Christmas tree fields where they can hunt for mini pumpkins hidden among the trees.
Activities: $2.50 – $5
Dates: October weekends, 2012
Barton Hill Farms – Bastrop
Set among 100-year old Cottonwood trees and overlooking the Colorado River is Barton Hill Farms. Located halfway between Austin and Bastrop, this scenic venue hosts a Fall Festival and a 5-acre Corn Maze.
There are live bands to keep things lively, a pumpkin patch, hay bale pyramids, and activities steeped in Texas history like the Wilbarger Fort playscape and the sunken pirate ship!
Children 2 and under: Free
Children 3 – 12: $7
Dates: Weekends from September 22 – November 18
Great Goblin Glow – Lakeway
Are you ready for a Halloween event like no other? Then make your way to Lakeway on October 27th for the Great Goblin Glow. Watch as hot air balloons light up the night sky. The kiddos can wear their costumes, and everyone can enjoy carnival rides, watch a light show, listen to music, and check out the live bat exhibit from Bat Conservation International. And you won’t want to miss a walk into the Dead End Cemetery! More information is available on the City of Lakeway’s website.
Date: October 27
City of Lakeway website
Pumpkin Patch at the Jersey Barnyard (Frerichs Dairy) – La Grange
Come for the pumpkin patch and stay to see Belle the Cow, the famous cow from the Blue Bell Ice Cream commercials. The Pumpkin Patch at the Jersey Barnyard runs through the end of October and includes jack-o-laterns and specialty pumpkins, fall decor, fall bedding plants, and much more. While there, take the kids on a guided or self-guided tour of the barnyard where you can see, touch, and feed the animals, wander through the hay maze, and even milk a cow! Visit the Jersey Barnyard website for details.
Theta Delta Pumpkin Patch – El Campo
Theta Delta’s pumpkin patch offers children’s activities, photos opportunities, and your choice of pumpkin. You’ll find specialty pumpkins as well as ornamental/Indian corn for sale, and activities for children like face painting, tattoos, mini pumpkin painting, and a bounce house for an additional charge. Entry to the patch costs $5 and includes 1 pumpkin.
Theta Delta’s Annual Pumpkin Patch will be held 8am-12pm, October 13, 2012 at Evans Park in El Campo.
Admission: $5 and includes one pumpkin
Dates: October 13
Nearby the Colorado River Trail
Just outside of the Colorado River Trail region are a few other places to go with your family for Fall fun. Give them a try too!
Rocky Creek Maze – Moulton
Visit Rocky Creek Maze for its cornfield maze, Haunted Trail, hayrides, hay slide, corn cannon, and so much more!
Adult ages 12+: $10
Children ages 4-11: $8
Seniors ages 65+: $8
3 and under: free!
Haunted Trail admission: $7 plus regular admission
Dates: October 5 – November 18
Martin Farms Christmas Tree Plantation – Bellville
Martin Farms has an annual pumpkin patch, carnival games, face painting, bobbing for apples, scarecrow stuffing, and much more family fun. Visit website for more information.
Pumpkin Chunkin’ at Becker Vineyards – Fredericksburg
Visit Becker Vineyards on November 10th to see pumpkins being launched into the field with a trebuchet! It’s not every day you get to see something like this, is it? Musician Doug Moreland will perform in between launches. More information on time and admission is coming soon.