Get ready for some family fun in Fort Worth and surrounding areas. In Texas, it might not be chilly in Fall, but we do know how to put on cool family activities. Our Fall Activities in Fort Worth and beyond do not wait for cool brisk weather to arrive. Here are a few of my family’s favorite activities that you’ll want to put on your calendar.
Because of COVID-19, some activities have been canceled – see below. UPDATED 9/08/2020.
Fall Activities in Fort Worth and Beyond
2020 is by far going to be the year we all remember, and perhaps want to forget. Things are different everywhere and we must comply. As of right now, Tarrant County (Fort Worth is in this county) requires wearing a mask in public. The COVID pandemic has certainly put a damper on our Fall activities in Fort Worth.
Enjoy the warm colors of fall and the brisk cook air autumn brings to our area. My family loves outdoor activities, and we try to go to as many as we can. There’s something about fall that is so irresistible.
Rent a Kayak or Canoe on The Trinity River
Explore the longest contained river in Texas. You can rent a kayak, canoe, or paddleboard or launch your own at several locations. Great activity for social distancing. Rent from Backwoods Paddlesports 6 days a week at Panther Island Pavilion. Also at Panther Island, you can rent paddleboats, and if it’s warm enough, kids can swim. https://pantherislandpavilion.com/
Brody and I did this on Aug 6, 2020. It was fun, and we will do it again.
Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge
Must register online before entering the facility. Mask required. Pets on a leash are welcomed. Call the Visitors’ Center at (817) 392-7410 with any questions. Address: 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd., Fort Worth, Texas 76135. The nature center also offers guided hikes and hiking on your own. There is so much to do and looks to be opened to the public – check it out – http://www.fwnaturecenter.org/
My son and I have been here many times. We even rented a kayak here too. When we did, it cost only $5 for each person.
Oktoberfest Fort Worth 2020 CANCELLED
Boo at the Zoo – It’s a Drive-Thru Experience This Year – Updated
With sanitation and social distancing top of mind, the ZOO made the decision to not cancel Boo at the Zoo this year, but instead, put a spin on our typical event and design a unique environment while keeping this beloved 29-year tradition alive. Join us Oct. 22 through 25, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., and Drive-Thru Boo at the Zoo! Tickets are $45-$50 for each vehicle. Pack that van!!
The Fort Worth Zoo is the 4th best zoo in the nation! In October of every year dress your kids up in their Halloween costumes and get ready for some fun games and prizes at Boo at the Zoo. Cost: $16 for adults, $13 for kids, $5 to park.
Vintage Market Days of Denton/Ft Worth
Located at the NRS Event in Decatur, TX 309 CR 4228. Cost – $5 at door. Vintage Days of Denton/Fort Worth is a huge event. The New rescheduled date is October 23-25, 2020.
Dog Days of Denton – No Date Scheduled FOR 2020
Normally in October of every year from 9 am – 3 pm at the North Texas Fair Grounds. www.dentondogdays.com
Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch – No News
I did not see any updates on their website – https://flowermoundpumpkinpatch dot com/
Their website no longer works so I’m afraid this popular fall outing is going to be canceled but also closed for good. So sad!
Here’s the info from years’ past.
Start looking for this to open on October 1st of every year from 9 to 7 pm each day. Fun for the whole family. Lots of elementary schools take their kindergartens here so don’t think a Tuesday during the day is going to be slow – it’s not! Pumpkins are high, but the atmosphere is the best. $5 to Park during the week, $10 on weekends.- pets are welcomed on a leash. Located at 5100 Cross Timbers Rd. 817-430-4536.
Grapevine’s GrapeFest – CANCELED
Grapefest is canceled for 2020.
The Annual GrapeFest is fun for the whole family. Experience some great wines! It starts on Thurs. in September at 10 am through Sunday.
Fort Worth Coyote Drive-in
Fort Worth is bringing back drive-in movies. Now opened at Panther Island. See what movies are showing at the Coyote Drive-in.
Hall’s Pumpkin Farm – New Update
I saw on their FB page that they are going to make 2020 happen. They also said, they don’t know what it will look like, but are working on getting the Farm set up. Stay tuned.
It usually opens the first weekend in October. Cost $5 admission – CASH ONLY. This pumpkin patch has become our favorite now. Lots of corn mazes, hayrides, animals to see, mini pumpkins to buy, food trucks, bathrooms are nice. Some activities cost money.
3560 Hall Johnson Road
Grapevine, TX 76051
Who doesn’t like watching big trucks run and dive in the mud! Back by popular demand at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX on Oct 24-25, 2020. This is a great event for Hot Wheel fans alike. Monster Jam promises to keep the whole family on the edge of their seats the entire time! Pres-sales start 9/22/20.
Hallowfest at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington
Starting September 25 through Nov. 1 on weekends only come out and get spooked
The park is open on Monday, Oct. 12 for Columbus Day but will not feature Hallowfest events and activities.
Celebrate Roanoke – CANCELED
Celebrate Roanoke is in October from 10 AM – 9 PM. Brody and I love going to this. There are all kinds of things to do for the whole family, including bounce houses, food trucks, and vendors. www.roanoketexas.com
Roanoke also has a Farmer’s Market on Saturdays through September 26, 2020 – 8 am. to Noon at Roanoke City Hall Plaza. MASKS REQUIRED.
Visit Southlake – I did not see any updates as of Sept 9, 2020
Monarch Butterfly Festival on a Saturday in Sept from 9 am – 12 pm at the Bob Jones Nature Center. Enjoy the release of the Monarch Butterflies. Cost: $5, children under 3 are free. Located at 355 E. Bob Jones Road. This nature center is one of the best places to take in a hike. Lots of scenery and very educational about all living things.
Oktoberfest at Southlake Town Square in October. Arts and crafts booths, children’s area, live entertainment, etc. Friday starts at 4 pm. Free event.
The Great Pumpkin Splasher at The Marq Southlake – 285 Shady Oaks Dr. Saturday in October from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Cost $10 per person. A fall-themed pool party with floating pumpkin activity and crafts for kids of all ages. https://www.experiencesouthlaketexas.com/303/Culture-Special-Events
TEXAS STATE FAIR – CANCELED
The Texas State Fair is canceled for 2020.
Happy Fall Y’all! I know there’s a lot more Fall Activities in Fort Worth and beyond, so I’ll be updating this list when I find more cool family activities to attend. If you know of any, please leave the information in the comments, and I’ll be sure to add it to my list here. Thank you.
Gaylord Texan ICE – Parts Have Been Canceled
I just got word that Gaylord Texan ICE has been canceled. ONLY ICE is canceled. Their Winter Wonderland is still going to operate and they will be added more activities to go along with their theme. So, you can still ice skate, snow tube, do the gingerbread house activities.
Fort Worth Cattle Herd – Updated & Is Opened!
HeeHaw – The FW Cattle Herd in the Stockyards is now operating as usual (weather permitting). Check it out – https://www.fortworth.com/the-herd/
2020 BELL FORT WORTH ALLIANCE AIR SHOW
October 17, 2020 – October 18, 2020, and is free. From 9 a.m. to 5;.m. Parking tickets sold online only at https://www.allianceairshow.com/
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