As the cooler weather rolls in and the leaves grow orange, we Houstonians might start to crave those classic fall activities we’ve loved for our entire lives. Pumpkin patches, hikes, and outdoor concerts are just a few of the fall events you can find right here in Houston; and who doesn’t love to share their favorite cool-weather activities with friends and family?

Organizing group travel can be difficult, especially when your group has to split up into multiple cars or rely on rideshare services to get around; and the longer your journey, the more difficult and stressful it can be to make sure everyone arrives on time. Luckily, there are a few companies in Houston that specialize in both long-distance and short-distance group transportation, even for groups on the smaller side. Whether you’re a local planning a day trip or a visitor looking to add to your itinerary, these fall activity suggestions are sure to please everyone in your group.

Keep reading to learn more about some local Houston fall activities and see which bus company is best to transport your group there.

“Zoo Boo” at the Houston Zoo

Celebrate Halloween at the Houston Zoo with their annual “Zoo Boo” event, happening during most weekends in October. Kids can enjoy multiple fall-themed activities, such as pumpkin painting, trick-or-treating throughout the zoo, a group “monster mural” coloring collaboration, a living pumpkin patch, and more fall fun perfect for your little ghouls and goblins. This event is 100% kid-friendly and free of scares, so parents can relax and enjoy themselves knowing that their little ones won’t be bothered by unexpected frights.

As with many zoo events, Zoo Boo is better with a group! Get together with a few neighborhood families or gather your child’s friends and head on over. Rent a minibus from Houston Charter Bus Company to accommodate groups that are too large to share a car, or to eliminate the hassle of designating separate drivers. You’ll be paired with a personal driver who will drop you off right at the event. As soon as you’re finished, your driver will return your group home to your neighborhood in a safe and timely manner.

Nature Trails & Outdoor Scenery Throughout the City

Not in much of a “fall” mood? You can still get out and enjoy the cooler weather while keeping away from the hustle and bustle of candy, costumes, and creepy decorations. Houston is home to plenty of beautiful trails and parks available for you to enjoy a walk, take in the fall air, and experience some of the city’s natural beauty.

With the exception of their “ArBOOretum” event (coming up October 20, 2018), the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center generally strays away from over-the-top fall events, offering a calm escape for those who just don’t dig all of the autumn hype. With multiple trails and areas to choose from, including a sensory garden and an observation deck, their outdoor space is a breathtaking escape from daily life. Educational programs and guided tours are also available for those wishing to dive deeper into the arboretum’s collection of plants and species.

Now that it isn’t blazing hot every day, time on the water is much more enjoyable. Spend an afternoon paddling down the Buffalo Bayou Paddling Trail, the first trail of its kind in Houston. You’ll experience a unique blend of nature scenery in contrast with the urban environment, a unique experience often enjoyed by Houstonians and visitors alike.

Either of these stops is great to add to your itinerary if you’re visiting Houston. Travel plans can be made with National Charter Bus Houston, a nationwide bus rental service that will bring your group into town from just about anywhere in the nation. They offer a variety of bus types at great prices for groups of any size.

Spooky Haunted Houses

For the daredevils in your group, what’s a more fitting fall activity than a haunted house? Whether you’ll be pairing up to protect yourselves from the “monsters” or flying solo for some real frights, any of Houston’s many haunted houses are sure to create lasting memories this Halloween.

Make your way through ScreamWorld’s 5 frightening attractions, including a slaughter house and a hospital that will leave your heart rate elevated even after you’ve left. Or, make your way downtown to Nightmare on the Bayou, a 15,000-square-foot haunted house situated right next to Houston’s oldest graveyard.

Make your night complete with a pre- or post-haunted house visit to a local bar or restaurant. You can take the edge off and calm down after an evening of frights with a meal and a few drinks with your friends. Longhorn Charter Bus Houston provides minibuses and professional drivers to partying groups so that everyone can enjoy the night, and no one will have to volunteer to be the designated driver. If you’re looking for more suggestions on where to go in Houston, Longhorn also has some great itineraries available for multiple types of groups.

Not in Houston? Each of these companies also services nearby cities both within Texas and throughout the United States. Take a day trip into or out of Houston to experience a new take on your favorite fall activity! With service in Dallas, San Antonio, and even as far as Las Vegas, it’s easy to bring your group into town for some fall fun. These companies are available 24 hours a day to book your bus and help you finish your trip planning!

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