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45 Family-Friendly Fall Activities to do in East Texas

Family Friendly Fall

Fall doesn’t “officially” begin until September 22, but once we hit the back-to-school time, it starts to feel like fall to me.  The days are beginning to get shorter and the air will (hopefully) soon feel a little crisp, and then our beautiful East Texas foliage will begin to turn colors.  I’ve even already spotted Pumpkin Spice creamer at the grocery store (and may have bought one or two).  There are so many fun and family-friendly things to do in East Texas in the fall!

  1. First Monday Trades Days in Canton. 
  2. Friday Night Lights – Football Games – check your high school’s website for their schedule
  3. Gregg County Fair
  4. Decorate for Fall
  5. Pioneer Days – Pittsburg.  
  6. Have a fall themed family movie night
  7. Gladewater Arts and Crafts Festival
  8. Go for a jog/walk/bike ride on a cool, crisp morning
  9. Texas State Forest Festival – Lufkin.  
  10. Downtown Tyler Film Festival.  
  11. Saturday College Football Game Day
  12. East Texas State Fair – Tyler.  
  13. Have a pumpkin spice latte, apple cider or hot chocolate
  14. Hear Dr. Ben Carson speak at the UT Tyler Cowan Center.  
  15. Make s’mores over a fire pit
  16. Texas State Fair – Dallas.  
  17. Pick out pumpkins at Moore Farms – Bullard
  18. Visit a new playground
  19. Marshall Fire Ant Festival
  20. Donate to a local food bank
  21. Go through the corn maze at Yesterland Farm – Canton
  22. Ride the Texas State Railroad Pumpkin Patch Express – Rusk.  October Saturdays and Sundays
  23. Lindale Country Fest.  
  24. Visit a local Farmer’s Market
  25. Texas Rose Festival – Tyler. 
  26. Camp out at Tyler State Park
  27. Edom Festival of the Arts.  
  28. Go for a boat ride at Daingerfield State Park
  29. Check out some local restaurants at The Taste of Jefferson
  30. Play in the leaves
  31. Geocache at Caddo Lake State Park
  32. Make or buy Halloween costumes
  33. East Texas Yamboree – Gilmer.  
  34. Decorate or carve pumpkins
  35. Kaufman Scarecrow Festival.  
  36. Go on a hayride at Calie’s Acre – Gilmer
  37. Festival of Pumpkins – Paris.  
  38. Go Trick-or-Treating
  39. East Texas Fiber Festival – Lindale. 
  40. Visit the zoo
  41. Vintage Market Days – Nacogdoches. 
  42. Have fall family photos taken
  43. Edgewood Heritage Festival.  
  44. Heritage Syrup Festival – Henderson.  
  45. Give Thanks!

Leave a comment to let us know your favorite family fall activities!

And a shoutout the Dayton Moms Blog for inspiration of this post.  Thanks!!!


Fall in East Texas

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5 Responses to 45 Family-Friendly Fall Activities to do in East Texas

  1. Jerica Cadman August 30, 2016 at 8:03 am #

    I would add attending a tour at Shady Grove Ranch to learn about natural ranching practices.

    • lisastevens
      lisastevens August 30, 2016 at 10:07 am #

      Thanks! We will have to add that to our list!

  2. Crystal Arcand October 11, 2016 at 6:58 am #

    Mineola Iron Horse Heritage Day Festival – Mineola – October 29 – 9am-9pm


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