TGIF: Thank God It's Fall. Local farms are embracing all the pumpkin spice and everything nice that takes over Texas during this time of year. It’s a lot like the Christmas spirit, but a little spicier and full of hope for at least a few autumn-colored leaves in the Houston vicinity. Now is the perfect time to venture out to one of the local farms in and around the Houston area for a day of pony rides, pumpkin patches, photo-ops with spot-on fall vibes, and seasonal treats.
Fill up your festivities calendar with a visit to these farms near Houston:
What’s there: Hay rides, pony rides, a playground, a petting zoo, plus the Thrill at the Mill Festival on October 29, with games, face painting, baked goods, and artisan vendors
What it costs: $15 per child (includes access to two rides and a mini pumpkin) and $10 per adult
When it’s open: Monday thru Saturday 9 a.m.–5 p.m, Sundays noon to 5 p.m.
Where it is: 7 Acre Wood, 401 N Frazier Street, Conroe, TX 77303
What’s there: A pumpkin patch, barbecue, funnel cakes, craft market, petting zoo, a train ride, and a hayride around the Christmas trees
What it costs: $10 per person (kids two and under are free)
When it’s open: Fridays 4 p.m.–7 p.m., Saturdays & Sundays 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
Where it is: 7632 Spring Cypress Road, Spring, Texas 77379
What’s there: Train rides, pony rides, photo ops, pumpkin patch (including a free pumpkin for kids!)
What it costs: $17 per person
When it’s open: Daily 10 a.m.–6 p.m. thru October 30
Where it is: 3203 Farm to Market 1960 Road E, Humble, TX 77338
What’s there: Pumpkin patch, corn maze, sunflower picking, children’s playground, plus a chance to mine for treasures
What it costs:$12 ages three and up
When it’s open: Monday thru Friday 9 a.m.–5:30 p,m., Saturdays & Sundays 9 a.m.–7:45 p.m. thru November 6
Where it is: 3601 Hwy 6, Alvin, TX 77511
What’s there: Vintage amusement rides, a corn maze, a pumpkin house, wheel barrel races, a cow train, and Insta-worthy photo-ops
What it costs: Pre-Sale tickets, $13, General Admission, $20
When it’s open: Weekends thru November 6, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
Where it is: 9963 Poole's Road, Montgomery, Texas 77356