While autumn in Texas is short there is still plenty of things to do this season. From exploring the great outdoors to enjoy a great German beer, Texas has the perfect activity just for you this fall season.
The summers can be unbearably hot in the Lone Star State, so the best time to go camping and hiking is during the fall. With dozens of state parks and two national parks, there’s plenty of opportunities for camping. In fact, some of the favorite state parks for fall color are Dinosaur Valley State Park, Lost Maples Natural Area, McKinney Falls State Park, and Tyler State Park. Likewise, October is the best time to visit Texas’ most famous park, Big Bend National Park. This area is remote, with lots of native wildlife and stunning views of the Chisos Mountains.
For many Texans, fall is hunting season. Dove hunting season starts as early as September, however, deer season often doesn’t begin until November. Texas actually has the largest white-tailed deer population in the entire United States, so hunting deer is an easy proposition here. Be sure to get your license and hunt responsibly.
Texas history features a strong German influence from its early European immigrants, so it’s no surprise that Oktoberfest is big in the Lone Star State. One iconic Oktoberfest is the Wurstfest in New Braunfels. New Braunfels was established during the 1840s when hundreds of German people arrived at the port in Galveston to settle the area. It’s a fabulous festival with German polka music, dances, strudel and sausage, and of course, dark German beer.
The State Fair
The State Fair of Texas runs from late September through early October. It’s focused on livestock, including the Lone Star State’s iconic cattle. Likewise, there are carnival rides and decadent fried fair food; what’s not to like? Don’t miss the big football game, the Red River Rivalry between Texas and Oklahoma.
Texas Renaissance Festival
Dress up in your best Renaissance garb and time-travel back to the 16th century at the country’s largest Ren Faire. It’s held for six full weeks from September through November, featuring hundreds of performers, as well as 300 booths brimming with handcrafted Renaissance gear.