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Dallas is full of exciting activities, but enjoying the autumn atmosphere is a must-do as the seasons change. Fall is about witnessing the colors of the leaves change before they drop, picking your favorite pumpkin to carve, and enjoying baked goods. Fortunately, you can do it all in our gorgeous city. If you are looking for fun activities to do in Dallas this fall, these are some of the greatest destinations to check out.
This fall, Pumpkin Nights will host thousands of hand-carved pumpkins at Howell Farms. While the original Pumpkin Nights started at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in 2016, Dallas will host its own version between Sept. 24 and Oct. 31. Check out over 5,000 hand-carved pumpkins, some real and some synthetic. If you are looking for an exciting place to observe natural fall colors and decor, Pumpkin Nights is a great place to start your season.
While you're at Pumpkin Nights, you can also check out a variety of Halloween-themed activities for spooky fun. Take a half-mile walk to check out a pirate's cove, a forbidden city, and four other magical areas. You'll enjoy other entertainment, including fire dancers, live pumpkin carving, games, and more. Local food vendors will serve tasty morsels, including hot cocoa and pumpkin pie.
While no official date has been announced for 2022, Dallas City Hall hosts Pumpkins on the Plaza each year. This event allows you to experience true autumn bliss. For years, a floating pumpkin art display has been the focal point, as pumpkins fill the City Hall's reflection pool. If you did not get your fill of pumpkins, a pumpkin patch and pumpkin painting center would help you create some art of your own.
This family-friendly event also offers a free Halloween carnival, which includes a costume contest, carnival rides, games, and crafts. You'll enjoy entertainment, including pumpkin decorating. Food trucks will also be available for a quick bite.
While fall foliage can be fun to experience in the great outdoors, it would be difficult to get through the season without having some spooky fun. If your idea of an exciting fall is visiting a local haunt, Dallas has some great options. Dark Hour Haunted House will return once again this year, running from mid-September until Halloween. Visiting a haunted house is the perfect way to indulge your desire for creepy Halloween fun after an afternoon of admiring the local fall leaves.
This year, the theme of Dark Hour will be "The Coven Awakens." The witch-themed attraction is one of the best haunts in Texas, thanks to its state-of-the-art technology and fantastic actors. This haunted house takes about half an hour to walk through, but each experience depends on the speed of the group. While this haunted house is not advisable for young children, many teenagers will get a kick out of the thrilling walk-through.
If you love fall foliage, you need to check out the Dallas Arboretum between Sept. 17 and Oct. 31 for Autumn at the Arboretum. Fall is on display thanks to over 90,000 pumpkins and 150,000 blooming plants. This year will be the 17th annual Autumn at the Arboretum, and it's always a stunning visual event. If you don't have a great spot to watch the leaves fade this year, the Arboretum will be your go-to fall foliage destination.
Live music also helps set the scene for this year's theme, which is "A Fall Fairy Tale." During your visit, make sure you take a look at Cinderella's carriage, the Pumpkin Village, and a small maze that is perfect for the younger ones in your group. Additionally, the event offers floral demonstrations, children's activities, creative projects, floral arrangements, centerpieces, and even seasonal food tastings.
The State Fair of Texas is back this fall, from Sept. 30 to Oct. 23. If you're excited about this annual celebration, you've got 24 days to check it out. Established in 1886, this has become the longest-running fair in the country. You'll have the opportunity not only to enjoy the beautiful fall weather but also to check out local agriculture, foliage, and more.
The State Fair of Texas is a free festival that incorporates many aspects of Texan culture, including music and food. The musical lineup will have a variety of artists, including country stars and Tejano musicians. If you love the fall weather, this is how you'll want to spend your evenings.
If you’re looking forward to picking out your own pumpkin this year for jack-o'-lantern carving, the Dallas Farmers Market Pumpkin Patch should be part of your fall festivities. You can select a pumpkin to decorate or carve right up to Oct. 30. The Dallas Farmers Market is downtown, which makes it very convenient if you don’t have access to other farms or pumpkin patches. While you're at the market, you can also check out fresh produce and other wholesome autumn goodies.
With the fall weather here, it's time to take a hike. Cedar Ridge Preserve is a great destination for fall hiking thanks to nine miles of trails, trees, wildflowers, and more. Best of all, the preserve is just a 20-minute drive from Dallas's vibrant downtown. This is your chance to see nature in action, including birds, wildlife, and orange leaves.
Whether you celebrate Halloween or not, fall is a beautiful and exciting season in Texas. Here at Planet Ford Dallas, we know that you'll want reliable transportation as the weather cools down and more festivities pop up. Check out our new vehicles so you can get to each of these events comfortably and safely this autumn. You can enjoy a great season on your new ride.