With the onset of cooler temperatures and changing colors, autumn is a beautiful time for a family vacation in the Lone Star State. Celebrate fall in Texas with festivals, foliage, fired foods and more.
Fall Foliage: Texas’ Piney Woods and Hill Country regions are perfect spots for viewing the changing colors of autumn, and there’s no better way to experience this than aboard a historic steam engine on the Texas State Railroad. Another can’t-miss stop is in Winnsboro, Texas, home of Autumn Trails, which takes place every weekend in October in celebration of the area’s beautiful colors.
Produce Picking: Gather the finest seasonal apples at Texas’ best orchards, including Apple Country Orchards in Idalou with 30 different varieties of apples from more than 6,000 apple trees; Love Creek Orchards in Medina; Morath Orchard in Wichita Falls; or Hutton Fruit Farm in Weatherford.
Fried Foods at the Fair: Mark your calendar for Sept.30 through Oct. 23 for the State Fair of Texas! Just a few examples that will leave you in fried food heaven: deep fried frozen margarita, fried lemonade, fried beer, fried Frito Pie, fried Oreos, and of course, fried butter.
Cindy Richards is a Pulitzer Prize nominated journalist who serves as the Editor-in-Chief of TravelingMom.com. She also is the mom of two terrific teens who have traveled with her since they were tiny tots.