7 Fall Day Trips Within 2 Hours of Houston, Texas
EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT TEXAS HAS TWO SEASONS: hot and 50 degrees. If you want live the fallyou almost always had to cross the Red River to take full advantage of the weather and the changing colors of Hallmark jerseys.
But do you? We maintain that there are plenty of falls to be had here in the Lone Star State. that you wanted venture into the Hill Country for the golden foliage, spot a ghostspend a day in a local pumpkin patch with the family, or simply sip a hearty Oktoberfest drinkthere are a myriad of options both here in Houston and around.
1. Experience the harvest festival at Messina Hoff.
Whether you visit Bryan, Hill Country, Grapevine or Harvest Green in Richmond (in the Houston area), Messina Hof always offers a host of exciting events for wine lovers and your whole family. From Harvest Festival events and wine tastings to murder mystery nights and cooking demonstrations, this day trip is a great option for your next fall adventure.
Each of the four sites offers a tasting room, with the Bryan and Harvest Green sites offering restaurants to pair with the tasting rooms. The Bryan and Fredericksburg locations are the only two that offer wonderful bed and breakfasts. For fall, discover their Halloween Kitchen Party Gourds and Goblins event that offers three recipes full of fall spices and flavors such as pumpkin pie, cinnamon spice and mulled wine. Bring home a bottle or two of wine to share at your next holiday gathering.
Distance from Houston to Richmond: 50 km (about 50 minutes by car)
2. Check Beaumont Main Street Dogtober Fest.
Southeast Texas may not be where you think of when you imagine fall – due to the lack of color-changing leaves and the weather being too hot to wear UGGs and a sweater – but the town of Beaumont has a calendar full of fall activities. To get started, go to Rao’s Bakery for decorative cookies, pastries and a pumpkin spice latte. Or try a seasonal beer from one of the local breweries like For the brothers Where Struggle Street.
The best time to go is for the Beaumont Main Street Dogtober Fest! Bring your dogs on the second Saturday in October (this year it will be October 8) to enjoy food, music and furry fun. Events include a “Strut Your Mutt” contest, PAW readings, Puppy Kissing Booth, PAW-treats and other dog-themed activities. Dog treats, CBD products and other goodies are available for purchase from local vendors and awards are given throughout the day for Master/Dog Look Alike, Best Dressed Dog, Cutest Dog, Best Tail Waggin’, Most Talented Dog and many more.
Distance from Houston to Beaumont: 79 miles (about 1h20 by car)
3. Choose a pumpkin from Old Fashioned Christmas Tree Farm.
Bring the whole family to Old Time Christmas Tree Farm in the spring for a festive weekend at one of Houston’s favorite pumpkin patch all October long. Entrance fee is paid at the door upon arrival and no reservation is required. Once inside, search for the perfect pumpkin(s) to take home and purchase tickets to one of the many attractions available for children.
Take a train or hay ride around the farm, hang out with furry friends at the petting zoo, or let the kids jump on the inflatables. Enjoy barbecue from Rosemeyer, shaved ice from Tikiz and fried Oreos from The Sweet Zone. This farm features 40 acres of pine and cypress tenenbaums, so be sure to plan your next Christmas tree as you go. Don’t forget to come camera-ready to take vacation photos of your family and pets.
Distance from Houston to Spring: 25 miles (about 30 minutes by car)
4. Go through the corn maze at Dewberry Farms.
We could spend an entire Saturday at Dewberry Farms in Brookshire, about 15 minutes west of Katy on I-10. Spend the morning meandering through the huge corn maze. Every summer, Dewberry cuts a fun design, like a 2020 Texas flag, into the eight-acre cornfield.
Once on the other side, enjoy a pulled pork sandwich or Frito pie at Mattie’s Kitchen, then pay a visit to Goatel 6 in the barnyard and take a spin on the merry-go-round. Before returning home, also hitchhike to the pumpkin patch.
Keep your eyes (and ears) open for word puzzles, or “CORNnundrums,” scattered around the farm for you to find and solve.
Distance from Houston to Brookshire: 37 miles (about 45 minutes by car)
5. Be frightened by the Creepy Hollow Haunted House.
It’s almost midnight and something evil lurks in the dark. It could be Houston favorite Rellik the Clown, with his shocking green locks and dark, searing eyes, or maybe Willy Vodka, renowned for his cackling that will send shivers down your spine and make stand up all the hair on your head. Creepy Hollow Haunted House in Rosharon scares anyone who dares to enter. With a cast and crew of dedicated volunteers and enthusiasts, it’s not unusual for Creepy Hollow to see over 100 kills or guests per night.
Creepy Hollow is open every Friday and Saturday in September, October and November. If you think you know what to expect from one of the most terrifying haunted houses in the entire state, well, you’re dead wrong.
Distance from Houston to Ronsharon: 53 miles (about 40 minutes by car)
6. Pick flowers at Froberg’s Farms Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch.
Known for its vibrant strawberry season and fresh, crunchy produce, Alvin’s Froberg’s Farm shows off its fall colors each October with a family-friendly fall festival.
On the 22 acres of the farm, the Froberg Fall Festival features an intricate corn maze, a pick-your-own flower station, favorite festival activities like face painting and photo shoots, and the very popular pumpkin patch. There’s also an on-site market, where you can buy groceries, neighborhood specialties, and seasonal treats, like homemade pralines, caramel popcorn, and the famous pies from the on-site bakery. We recommend the pumpkin, of course.
Distance from Houston to Alvin: 32 miles (about 40 minutes by car)
7. Attend Oktoberfest at BAKFISH Brewing Company music to my beers.
There’s nothing quite like a fall outing to one of the many hip and trendy breweries in the Houston area. Between the fall weather, laid-back atmosphere, and truly delicious beers, it’s no wonder people come from far and wide to see, feel, and taste the vibe of Bayou City for themselves. Thanks to the BAKFISH Brewing Company, this year you just have to stop in to sample beers from several local brewmasters during their Music to My Beers: Oktoberfest event.
Head to downtown Pearland on October 1 for live music, unique art installations and a brewery walk filled with Oktoberfest-themed seasonal beers from local brands you already know and love. Kudos to the weather, hopefully 70 degrees, and supporting local hop lovers with a sip or two of that cozy malty goodness.
Distance from Houston to Pearland: 22 miles (about 30 minutes by car)