Pumpkin-flavored treats, cozy sweaters, and falling leaves all mean one thing: fall has arrived! What better way to celebrate the season than with a trip to Conroe. Located a convenient 40 miles North of Houston, our lakeside city is full of fall activities to keep you and your family entertained for the entire weekend. Here are five ways to celebrate fall during your trip to Conroe:
1. Embark On A Fall Foliage Hike
Feel the fallen leaves crunch beneath your feet and take in the sights of the red and orange hues in the trees as you hike in Sam Houston National Forest. One of only four National Forests in Texas, this 160,000-acre forest is full of year-round hiking, birding, and fishing opportunities. Hop on your bike or lace up your hiking shoes as you make your way through the miles of multi-use trails. Make sure to grab a camera and snap a photo as you explore a portion of the Lone Star Hiking trail. Kiddos will love hunting for geocache treasures in nearby W. Goodrich Jones State Forest and spotting unique birds like Red-cockaded Woodpeckers.
2. Cruise The Waters of Lake Conroe
Add spending the day, or two, on Lake Conroe to the top of your itinerary. While this 22,000-acre lake is bustling in the summer months, the fall time is also an ideal time to explore its tranquil waters. Take in the sights of the trees changing color when you paddleboard, fish, or boat on Lake Conroe this fall. No need to pack your own watercraft, stop by one of Conroe’s local retailers to rent your own stand-up paddleboard, boat, or jet ski. Later, enjoy an afternoon reeling in a fish with your family, Lake Conroe is a top fishing spot after all! Pack your fishing poles and your bait and head to Lake Conroe Park, a 13-acre park featuring fishing piers, picnic tables, barbeque pits, playgrounds, and more.
3. Relax and Unwind at Margaritaville Lake Resort
Say “so long” to long summer nights. Fall means the sun is setting sooner and why not take in the sights of the infamous Conroe sunset from the comfort of a lakeside cabin at Margaritaville Lake Resort. This Jimmy Buffett inspired resort is located on 186 waterfront acres and is full of attractions and relaxing amenities for the entire family to enjoy. Take a sunset dip in one of Margaritaville’s heated pools or claim your half-submerged lounge chair during the day to soak in some rays with a margarita in hand. The kiddos will surely want to splash around at Jolly Mon Water Park featuring waterslides and a giant splash bucket.
After the water fun, indulge in rejuvenating spa treatments at Margaritaville's St. Somewhere Spa. Golf lovers can find their version of relaxation and fun during a round of golf at Margaritaville’s 18-hole golf course. Pine Trees and Bermudagrass greens fill this 6,956-yard course where hole-in-ones are made.
Visiting Halloween weekend? You will have a “spook-tacular” time with activities like trick-or-treating across the resort, a family costume contest, and more.
4. Check Out Conroe’s Fall Events
Conroe has a variety of fall fun events that will help create memories that last a lifetime. From Renaissance Festivals to pumpkin patches, here are some of the top events to check out during your visit:
Texas Renaissance Festival- Conroe is the official gateway to the Texas Renaissance Festival chocked full of events, food, shopping, and entertainment. Every weekend this beloved festival features a different theme in the kingdom like All Hallows Eve, Pirate Adventure, and Barbarian Invasion. Stick around to try out the games and rides, interact with casts of characters like enchanted fairies and mythical creatures, catch a thrilling show at one of the 19 stages, and so much more.
P-6 Farms- Head to P-6 Farms for their annual Fall Festival! Pose for a photo against one of their iconic photo backdrops, like the pumpkin house and silo, and then pick your perfect pumpkin for carving. You can even stroll through sunflower and zinnia fields, ride a carnival ride, enjoy yummy treats, and even shoot an apple blaster. We are confident a visit to this farm will be a highlight of your trip!
7 Acre Wood- Experience all the fall feels at this family-friendly old-fashioned park! Pet sweet animals at the petting zoo, play a round at the mini-golf course, step back in time at the western play town, and more! Every fall 7 Acre Wood also host a Thrill At The Mill event where you and your kids can enjoy fall-themed activities like a pumpkin patch, hayrides, and face painting.
Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival- Jam out, munch on delicious food, and enjoy family-friendly fun at the annual Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival! Head to Historic Downtown to experience this beloved festival this fall. Find a new favorite band when you listen to live music at one of the three stages with genres ranging from country to Cajun. Feast on traditional Cajun cuisine and festival food favorites and then make your way to the arts and crafts booths. Traveling with kiddos? They will love the KidZone area and watching the crowning of Mr. & Miss Catfish.
Find Your Favorite Pumpkin Treat
Pumpkin spice lattes, apple fritters, and cinnamon treats from local Conroe bakeries and eateries are waiting to delight your taste buds. Visit a local favorite, Pie in the Sky, for an afternoon treat. Munch on a Buttermilk Vanilla Pecan Pie or an Apple Streusel Pie and enjoy the tastes of fall! Pair your piece of pie with a warm cup of coffee or another fall flavored drink from one of Conroe’s coffee shops.