By Andy Dorsey
It is officially autumn in San Antonio, and the city is bursting with things to make these months memorable. Here’s a list of the top 10 things to do to make your fall enjoyable.
Zombies, monsters, haunted houses, rollercoasters and music; in other words, Fiesta Texas. Every year, the park hosts a Halloween festival aptly named Fright Fest. The highly awaited jamboree runs from September 14th-October 31st. Attendees can expect the return of Mayor Slayer’s Monster Mash Bash rock concert and the beloved haunted houses that are free after initial admission fees.
The center of Texas has always been rich with German heritage, and nothing shows this more than the annual Oktoberfest celebrations. Filled with sausage, pastries and loud Bavarian music, this is a perfect activity to christen the season.
Fall is Dia De Los Muertos season and every year San Antonio celebrates with an activity at La Villita. The festival is October 27-28 and has the largest altet exhibition in the city. Festival goers can also experience local art, music, and live poetry readings, all centered around Dia De Los Muertos.
This year, San Antonio is having a one day event of touring famous graves all over the city. The tour will kick off at 8:30 am, November 1st at San Fernando Cathedral and will shuttle passengers via bus to Confederate Cemetery, Cemetery #1, Old Fellows, St. Mary's and the Masonic. It's hosted by the Alamo Mission Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.
Circle N Maze is a corn maze located just outside of the city and is perfect for fall lovers of all ages. There’s a petting zoo, two corn mazes-one for little kids and one for older visitors-a hay bale climb, and a pumpkin patch. General admission is $10 dollars and buying pumpkins or feeding the animals is additional cost.
The 13th Floor is a long standing tradition for horror lovers in Alamo City. This attraction is not recommend for those who are squeamish or under the age of 12 due to the highly graphic haunts. General admission is $20.99 and can be purchased online or at the door for a higher price.
Located in Medina, Texas, Love Creek is a classic fall attraction with events and activities like a pumpkin patch, hayrides, orchard tours, hay maze, scarecrow building, and country music. The Apple Store is also a famed attraction that provides apple flavored treats. Admission is $6.00 for those older than three years of age.
Sisters Grimm Ghost Tours is offering a three hour dinner and ghost tour this fall. The tour kicks off with a three-course dinner located at the Menger Hotel before touring the haunted hotel itself. The tour continues with a Haunted History Walk around San Antonio where visitors will hear about famous hangings, and visit the Spanish Governor's Palace. The whole tour is about a mile and a half of walking. Tickets start at $69.00 for adults and $45.00 for children 12 and under.
#9 Lost Maples State Natural Area
For those who like outdoor adventures, Lost Maples State Natural Area is a perfect autumn destination. With creeks, hiking trails and camping grounds, this park is open for day trips or overnight camping. Cabins are available for rent, or there are campgrounds to pitch tents. The best time to go is in late October if you want fair weather and leaf changing.
Taking to the trails is a fall classic, and San Antonio offers some great places to do it. Full Trail Circle located in Cibolo Nature Center is a web of trails that make a three mile hike. This hike is unique in that it offers a full span of the Texas ecosystem in just a few miles. Trail-goers will get to see marshes, forests and prairie. Admission is free and the park is open from dawn to dusk.