Celebrate the Holidays at Texas State Parks

Fall in Texas. The world changes color; from the bright greens of summer, to fiery shades of orange and red.  The temperatures start to drop and the sunsets come a little earlier each night. As the nights get longer, some embrace the strange and spooky, while others find a moment to reflect on their heritage. It’s also a great time to simply give thanks. However you like to celebrate this special season, state parks are there to help. You’ll find everything from kid-friendly Halloween haunts to thanksgiving themed cooking demonstrations. Whether looking for an event close to home or a reason to explore the state, you’ll find an exciting reason to get out to a Texas State Park this fall.

Make a Plan

There are over 60 fall themed events happening all over the state this October and November. Find the perfect opportunity for you and your friends by downloading the “Fall for Parks” brochure. You can also pick up a printed copy at a Texas State Park or at one of TxDOT’s Travel Information Centers. Be sure to check out our online calendar of events for an up-to-date schedule of special events happening across the state. Before hitting the road, it’s always a good idea to check with the park for changes or cancellations by phone, or by checking their social media pages.

Fall Color

No doubt about it, the changing colors of leaves in the fall is one of the best parts of the season. The good news is you don’t have to head to New England to see some amazing color. Lost Maples State Natural Area is the go-to place for leaf peeping in Texas. Check the foliage report for up-to-date leaf change status. Beyond Lost Maples, you can see fall color all over the state, especially in the rugged Hill Country and in East Texas, where orange and red contrasts beautifully with the evergreens of the pineywoods.

Pick up a State Park Pass

With all these special events happening around the state, you’ll probably want to visit more than one park, or you’ll be counting the days until you can come back. Fall is a great time to pick up a State Park Pass. You’ll get 12 full months of unlimited park entrance for you and everyone in your vehicle. Pick one up during your next visit and you’ll not only get to enjoy all of the fun events this fall and winter, but you’ll be ready to get out and explore when Spring and summer come back around. Every park in the state. No entrance fees.  No easier choice.

Celebrate Service

Looking for a great way to celebrate the sacrifices of America’s Veterans and Active military? Get outside! On Sunday, November 13th, the Sunday after Veteran’s Day, entrance fees for all visitors will be waived at all Texas state Parks (camping and other activity fees still apply).

Stay Tuned

The fun doesn’t end at Thanksgiving, actually, we’ll just be getting started. State Parks are developing a reputation for being the place to go for winter fun. Our parks become winter wonderlands with lots of Christmas and other holiday themed events happening around the state. Bookmark this page or sign up for our state park newsletter to find out about these upcoming events.

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