Ten Unforgettable Fall Getaways from Austin

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6. Johnson City

Johnson City has something to please every member of your family. Get your history on at LBJ Ranch and the Sauer-Beckmann Farmstead. Discover the fun of science at Hill Country Science Mill. Explore a local brewery, distillery, or winery. Feeling wild? Take a guided safari tour at the Exotic Resort Zoo or go for a swim at Pedernales Falls State Park.

Children watch a farmer clean up after cows

7. Enchanted Rock

A short, invigorating climb up Enchanted Rock will earn you magical views of the Hill Country. There’s more to this park than its pink granite dome: hiking, birding, geocaching, a Junior Ranger program, and unbelievable stargazing, too.

Enchanted Rock

Photo via Texas Parks & Wildlife

8. Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg

Celebrate Fredericksburg’s German heritage during Oktoberfest. The annual festival features traditional German music, hearty German and American foods, chicken dancing, artisans, and lots of children’s activities. The festival usually takes place in early October.

a family standing outside of Oktoberfest

Photo via Oktoberfest on Facebook.

9. Waco

You might be surprised to learn that Waco is a treasure trove of family fun. Cameron Park Zoo’s 52 scenic acres are home to nearly 1,731 animals, representing 300 species, housed in natural habitats. Sports enthusiasts will appreciate the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, Texas history buffs will enjoy the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame & Museum, and kids will have a blast exploring the Mayborn Museum (and visiting Baylor’s Bear Habitat while you’re on campus). Recharge at the Dr. Pepper Museum’s soda fountain before heading home.

an animal inside Cameron Park Zoo

Photo via Facebook.

10. Lost Maples State Natural Area

Forget New England, because gorgeous fall foliage is closer than you think. Believe it or not, a classic fall in Central Texas can be found just around the corner. Lost Maples State Natural Area, a 3-hour drive from Austin, is home to a large, isolated stand of Uvalde bigtooth maples known for their spectacular fall colors. Check the park’s Foliage Report before making the trek; colors are generally brightest from mid-October to mid-November. Lost Maples also features great hiking, fishing, bird-watching, and camping. While you’re out west, consider a stop in Bandera: Cowboy Capital of the World.

Lost Maples with beautiful fall in Central Texas leaves

Lost Maples via Texas Parks & Wildlife


Featured photo courtesy of Holp Photography.

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