Fall Activities in Houston: 30 Things We Can't Wait to Do This Fall

Young Audiences of Houston performs outdoor concerts at Levy Park. Photo courtesy of yahouston.org
Young Audiences of Houston performs outdoor concerts at Levy Park. Photo courtesy of yahouston.org

The fall season is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of all the fun kids' fall activities in Houston and its suburbs. Get active by visiting area farms and farmers' markets, playgrounds and parks, or perhaps going on a family-friendly hike around the city or a Houston fall festival. For fall activities in Houston that will be fun for grownups too, take a day trip to a nearby state park or a family-friendly winery, visit fall festivals and pumpkin patches, and enjoy the cooler temperatures as they (hopefully) start to roll in soon. Read on for our top picks for family fun this fall.

And don't forget to browse our ultimate Houston bucket list, 100 Things To Do in Houston with Kids Before They Grow Up

Fun Fall Activities for Houston Kids and Families  

1. Fall at the Farm

Visit one of the many local area farms to take advantage of outdoor fall activities near Houston. Farm favorites like Dewberry Farms, Blessington Farms, P-6 Farms, and Froberg's Farm are known for their amazing seasonal fun!

2. Armand Bayou Nature Center

Spend the day (or night!) exploring nature at Armand Bayou Nature Center. In addition to hiking trails, the Center offers kayak tours, Fall Ecoprograms for kids, pontoon boat cruises, and night hikes. 

3. Boo on the Boardwalk

Head down to Kemah for Boo on the Boardwalk, one of the best fall activities near Houston for kids. This ongoing event includes costume contests, pumpkin decorating, and other activities through the end of October.

4. Wings Over Houston Air Show

 Fly high at the annual airshow Oct. 9-10, 2021 at Ellington Field.

5. Pumpkin Patches 

Visit one of Houston’s many area patches to pick out the perfect pumpkin for carving.

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6. Family-Friendly Texas Wineries

For some grown-up time that kids can enjoy, too, why not visit a nearby winery? Some are just a short drive from Houston. 

Waller County Fair and Rodeo is classic Texas fun. Photo credit Jerome Mo Yang.

7. Waller County Fair and Rodeo 

Indulge in a day of rodeo fun with BBQ, carnival rides, and calf scrambles.

8. Texas Renaissance Festival 

Step back in time at the enchanted world known as RenFest. With jousting and archery, knights and nobles, themed weekends, and lots of family fun, RenFest always provides an unforgettable weekend. 

9. Free Tuesday at the Houston Zoo

Enjoy the Houston Zoo for FREE one Tuesday each month. Cooler weather means you can enjoy an entire afternoon comfortably touring all the newest exhibits. 

10. Candytopia

Satisfy your sweet tooth at the wonderful world of Candytopia, a candy lover's paradise that is sure to satisfy. But hurry, because this candy coated adventure is only here until September 30th!

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Hike through scenic wetlands at Challenger Seven Memorial Park, image Brett Stone.

11. Local parks

There are so many amazing destination parks around the Houston area, and fall is the perfect time to test out new parks and spend time playing on all the different playgrounds!

12. Spend the day in Tomball

Pick up seasonal farm-fresh produce and locally made bread, jams and more at the ever popular Tomball Farmers Market, spend the day exploring the quaint city, then end the night with an outdoor movie during 2nd Saturday at the Depot

13. Old MacDonald’s Farm

Spend a day riding ponies, petting different farm animals, running down Sand Mountain, and riding the train at Old MacDonald’s Farm in Humble.

Explore Space Center Houston, photo courtesy of @partialmonty.

14. Space Center Houston

For rainy-day fun, take a trip down to Space Center Houston, where your budding astronaut can learn all about the history of the space program.

15. Never Forget: Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of 9/11

Pay tribute to the men and women who lost their lives in the tragic terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 at Lone Star Flight Museum's newest exhibit. 

16. Pick Your Own Produce

Get fresh and seasonal fruits and vegetables at an area farm, then see what tasty creations you can whip up in the kitchen together. 

A performance in Levy Park for Young Audiences of Houston, photo courtesy of yahouston.

17. Young Audiences of Houston 

Join Young Audiences of Houston outdoors at Levy Park for live art experiences on Saturdays on select Saturdays each month. 

18. Take a family camping trip

Pitch a tent and roast s'mores over the fire during a family camping trip. We recommend Pedernales Falls State Park if you haven't been there yet. 

19. Nature Storytime

Enjoy stories outside in nature at Nature Discovery Center's weekly storytime. 

20. Hike around Houston 

Explore Houston's natural beauty by foot on one of these family-friendly hikes. 

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21. Tyke Hike at the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

Speaking of hikes, check out this guided hike at the Houston Arboretum where all you have to do is follow along. After, stick around to check out the new Nature Playscape!

22. Garden Railroad Days

Check out which trains have been picked to chug along the rails at Rosenberg Railroad Museum's monthly Garden Railroad Day. 

23. Missouri City's Oktoberfest

Experience a taste of German culture at this family-friendly Oktoberfest event. Feast on authentic German food, play games, listen to live German music, and more.

24. Fort Bend County Fair

The Fort Bend County Fair is a hallmark of fall activities in Houston, so grab your boots and get ready for a weekend of carnival rides, themed days, live music, tasty BBQ, and shopping local vendors.

25. Haunted Drive

Get in some spooky Halloween fun at Haunted Drive every weekend from September 24 through October 31. 

26. Zoo Boo at the Houston Zoo

Zoo Boo never disappoints! Wear your favorite friendly Halloween costume and enjoy a day of visiting with the animals and taking part in a slew of fun Halloween events around the Zoo. 

27. Weekend road trip

Hop in the car and take a weekend road trip with the family to some of Texas' hotspot destinations. Visit the Panhandle, Hill Country, and more.  

28. Wild Wednesdays with the Houston Audubon Society

The first Wednesday of each month join the Houston Audubon Society at Edith L. Moore Sanctuary to learn all about the natural world through outdoor activities, crafts, and more. 

29. Free Train Rides at Zube Park

All aboard! Hop on one of the three club diesel engines at Zube Park for a free train ride on select Saturdays and Sundays each month.

30. Sam Houston National Forest

Take a day trip (or an overnight camping trip!) out to Sam Houston National Forest, which is only 50 miles north of Houston, for some family hiking, fishing, and biking. We've spotted some eagle's nests' out there in the past, so keep your eyes peeled! 

Places featured in this article:

Old MacDonald's Farm

Texas Renaissance Festival

CAF Houston Wing Museum & Hangar

Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

Sam Houston National Forest
Children's Bingo at Levy Park
Levy Park Conservancy - 4:30 PM Pick
Cirque Italia Presents: Water Circus Gold at Katy Mills Mall
Cirque Italia's Big Top - various times Pick
Storytime at the CAP Animal Shelter
Citizens for Animal Protection - various times Pick
Fit4Mom Stroller Barre
City Place Plaza - 9:30 AM
Neighborhood Guides
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