Pumpkin patches are everywhere you turn! But which ones are the best ones to take your family to? We’ve got a list of the top Pumpkin Patches in Houston.
A local favorite for many is Dewberry Farms in Brookshire, Texas. It is open weekends starting September 30th through November 11th, 2017. They offer a slew of activities for the whole family including a corn maze, hayrides, train rides, a zip line, and a barnyard filled with cute farm animals. Take a walk through their Pumpkin Hollar which is a dark and spooky trail lined with over 500 lighted pumpkins! Then grab a bite to eat and watch the fireworks on Saturday, Oct 21st.
Cost to get in is $29.95 for ages 3-54, but it includes most of the grounds activities. Discounts are available for seniors and active/retired military. For more information, visit their website http://dewberryfarm.com/fall-fun/.
Located just 20 minutes west of Katy, TX this fun farm is another local favorite. Their Fall Fest is open weekends in October from 10am-5pm and features hay rides, giant slides for kids and adultsJ, barrel train rides and a small petting zoo filled with furry farm animals. Make it a full day event and go fishing in their private pond for an additional $6. Cost for admission is $18.48 but includes everything you get to see and do at the farm.
They are open year-round as well for some delicious u-pick fruits including blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries. You can schedule school field trips with them and host birthday parties. For more information visit blessingtonfarms.com.
Halter Inc’s annual fundraising Pumpkin Patch has been featured on TLC’s “The Little Couple” and is open every weekend in October. The cost is $5 per child ages 2-16. Adults are free. Tickets for food, activities and rides are extra. All the money goes toward them being able to train mini horses as pet therapy animals for special needs children in the Houston area.
The pumpkin patch features pony rides, a petting zoo, haunted trail, hay rides, a stock yard maze, and mini horse cart rides. They serve chips and hot dogs for tickets but also feature Food trucks from select vendors for different options this year. For more information visit http://www.halterinc.org/pumpkin-patch.
What are some of your favorite pumpkin patches to visit?
Fall means cooler weather, changing leaves, the return of your favorite cold weather eats, and football! Combine the latter two and you’ve got the beginnings of a perfect tailgating party. If you are looking for new ways to impress your guests this year, check out these top tailgating recipes that are simple, easy to make, and oh-so-delicious!
For those cold weather games you need something to keep you and your guests warm. Try this delicious recipe for Super Quick Chili.
Finger foods are always a hit at tailgating parties because they are versatile, you can snack on them all day and you can feed more people with them. These Cheeseburger egg rolls turn your favorite burgers into finger foods.
Chips and dip are a must for any party, and combine bacon and cheese and it’s a win-win for all. Here’s a great recipe for Bacon Cheese Dip.
A great tailgating party must have sweet treats to top everything off. Carmel and apple are two delicious fall ingredients. Try these Carmel Apple Pudding shots for an easy, tasty treat.
What are some of your favorite recipes for your tailgating party?!
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Fall is the perfect time of year to be outdoors enjoying the beautiful weather and fall colors. It’s hard to believe but that will be happening before we know it! One of the best activities to partake in outside is hiking. It can be relaxing and invigorating all at the same time. Depending on if you are an avid hiker who likes challenging trails, or a casual hiker that likes to take things easy, there are plenty of great hiking trails in the Houston area. Take a look at these top local hiking spots.
1.The Anthills Trail at Terry Henshy Park- A top rated trail among hikers on Alltrails.com. This is a moderate, out and back trail that runs a total of 11.2 miles. It offers beautiful scenery and tons of lush floral line the paths. There are different trails that offer different levels of difficulty; the upper trails being the harder of the two. Other than hiking, visitors can go birding, mountain biking, or running on these scenic trails through the park.
2.The Memorial Park Trails- there are about 5 different trails that loops through Memorial Park. From easy to advanced, most of the trails range about 1-2 miles in length. Guests can pick from the Red, Blue, Yellow, Purple or Orange trail as outlined by the park’s map. Guests say that these trails provide a great hike in the largest urban park in Texas.
3.The Triangle Trail- Also located in Memorial Park, is 1.6 miles and loops around the area. This is the hardest trail with its constant rolling hills and twists and turns. The terrain is similar to those of a rugged road race, perfect for a mountain biking challenge.
4.Buffalo Bayou Loop- Located within Buffalo Bayou Park, this is a 4.8 mile loops trail that has been rated as moderate in difficulty. Guests can enjoy hiking or biking on these trails and get breathtaking views of the beautiful nature that resides just outside of the city limits.
5.Creekwood Lake Trail- Located within Brazos Bend State Park in Needville, TX which is just a short drive south west of Houston, Creekwood Lake Trail is a 3.3 mile trail that’s a challenge for most. It takes you through the backcountry portion of the park and is great for hiking, biking, or horseback riding. There are over 15 miles of loop trails located within Brazos Bend State Park, all ranging in difficulty and length and offer beautiful lakeside scenery.
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Labor Day weekend is the chance for everyone to get one last weekend getaway in before the “official” end of summer. Many water parks and theme parks begin to shut down for the season, as well as several campgrounds or state parks, depending upon their location. And many people clean up their boats and RV’s and put them away until next year. So, what will you be doing for your Labor Day weekend festivities? Try one of these great camping spots within driving distance of the Houston area.
One Last Lake Hurrah
Inks Lake State Park
Located in Texas Hill Country, a little farther northwest of Austin, sits the beautiful Inks Lake State Park. It’s a favorite among outdoor adventurers because of the many activities you can participate in here. From backpacking, geocaching, and birdwatching to boating, skiing, fishing, and even cliff diving; there is plenty to do to keep you busy this Labor Day weekend. Hike the over 9 miles of hiking trails or visit the Devil’s Waterhole, a popular destination within Inks Lake State Park.
There are over 200 campsites available within the park and 22 cabins. Many of the campsites are lakeside so you have ample opportunity for water access right at your doorstep.
Ray Roberts Lake State Park
Sitting on a 3,000 acre reservoir just north of Dallas, Ray Roberts Lake and State Park is another great spot to spend your Labor Day camping weekend. They have miles of hiking and horseback riding trails, a large lake and beach area so you can soak up some sun, and plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy. Make use of the lake and go boating, skiing, swimming or fishing.
There are a number of primitive campsites available; including equestrian sites so you can rest assured there is plenty of space for your equine friend(s). Spend the weekend “roughing it” and enjoying the last few weeks of the great weather.
One Last Hiking Hurrah
Colorado Bend State Park
Located 1.5 miles southwest of Austin, this state park offers a lot of adventure for those who seek it. Known for its 65ft cascading waterfall, Gorman Falls is a tourist’s favorite here. Enjoy the challenging hike to view the falls up close. There are plenty of spring fed swimming holes that are a main attraction as well. Visitors can relax and take in the sights and sounds of nature at its best.
Not only are there 35 miles of hiking and biking trails to keep you busy, but you can also go boating, fishing, and paddling down the many streams that flow through the park. You also might want to enjoy a guided cave tour and explore the majestic underground caverns of the Texas terrain.
Campsites are available in many different locations throughout Colorado Bend State Park. You have the option of drive-in sites, walk-in tent sites, or primitive hike-in sites. Be sure to pack accordingly. Daily temperatures can still reach in the 90’s in September, but the nights cool off quickly.
No matter what your plans are for the long weekend, be safe and enjoy the last holiday camping trip of the season!
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There’s no doubt that Texas is a highly patriotic state, so you know that their Fourth of July celebrations are an experience all in their own. If you find yourself in the Houston area during the holiday, be sure to check out these top Independence Day celebrations.
Freedom Over Texas- Eleanor Tinsley Park- One of the top visited Fourth of July celebrations in Texas, the Freedom Over Texas event happens on the fourth from 4pm-10pm. Come down early for plenty of kid friendly activities, tons of delicious food including Texas barbeque, and of course live country music. Grammy award winner Hunter Hayes will be performing at this year’s event before one of the best fireworks displays in Houston. Tickets are available in advance; prices vary. Visit http://www.houstontx.gov/july4/ for more information and to purchase tickets.
Fourth of July Weekend at City Centre- this is a weekend long celebration with great events and music for every day. Starting July 1st and running through July 4th, visit Houston’s City Centre for live music from different local bands. There will be kid’s activities and games for all ages and a great fireworks display.
Galveston Bay Fourth of July Celebration-Make the 1 hour drive down to Galveston for the best fireworks display over the bay. Head on down to the Kemah Boardwalk for live music, good food, kid-friendly activities, and of course the best rides on the bay. Then enjoy awesome fireworks over the water.
If you are looking for a place to camp for the fourth, stay at the top rated Lakeview RV Resort in Houston. This 5-star RV resort has all the amenities you need to enjoy your holiday weekend. They have 281 paved pull thru sites for RV’s of all sizes. They have full hookups and a dump station on site. A swimming pool and Jacuzzi are waiting for you to sit back and soak up the rays, and for your convenience there are laundry facilities and an exercise room at the campground. If you are part of the Good Sam Club you can enjoy a 10% discount on your stay. Visit their website for more details or to make a reservation. http://qualityrvresorts.com/resort/lakeview-rv-resort/
Wherever you end up for the fourth be considerate of the other people around you and be safe!
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Have you recently purchased your first RV and are looking for services for your RV? Or have you just decided that you want to find out what services are available as an RV owner? If you haven't considered the Route 66 RV services and programs, now is the time. The network offers a variety of perks to RV owners in both the US and Canada. Let's take a look at the different programs and services they offer.
Roadside Tech 24
The Route 66 RV Roadside Assistance and Tech Support Program is one of the best roadside support systems in place for RV owners. This programs offers 24/7 toll free RV mechanic and techanical assistance, which provides basic instruction and technical diagnosis for common RV maintenance issues. They help you trouble shoot common issues and will walk you through basic maintenance.
24/7 Emergency Roadside Assistance is offered on a sign and drive basis to RV owners. This provides assistance for towing, jump starts, tire changes, basic RV fluid delivery, and lockout assistance.
Mobile Mechanic Dispatch Service will send a mechanic to you if your RV breaks down more than 50 miles from the nearest repair facility.
Custom Domestic Trip Routing Service will give you information on travel destinations, maps, itineraries, discounts on hotel reservations and car rental services.
Trip Interruption Services reimburses you up to $1000 for any loding and food for up to 5 days if you are more than 1,000 miles from home and have to have your RV serviced at a repair facility.
Discounts at many hotel chains and car rental service companies.
The Route 66 RV Club
The Route 66 RV membership club provides you with discounts on the following:
KOA Campgrounds in the US and Canada
Parts and accessories at Route 66 RV network parts stores
VPI Pet Insurance coverage for your four-legged friend
Various golf courses in the US and Canada
Car Rental services
Specialty RV insurance
Specials at Blue Beacon Truck Washes
Route 66 Classic Coverage Service
This program offers insurance coverage for your RV. Coverage includes unexpected repairs, provides you with a professional and knowledgeable claims representative, and offers protection at network and non network dealerships throughout the country.
Texas, the Lone Star State and one of the biggest states in the U.S., has hundreds of places to escape to and explore for a weekend. You can stay close to home or you can travel to the other side of the state; no matter where you go, the options are endless. Here is our list of top weekend getaways for spring.
Take a drive and go birding on the coast. Southeast Texas offers some of the most beautiful scenic drives along the Texas coastline. Spending the weekend driving the 500 mile Texas Birding Trail can be rewardingly peaceful. The trail takes you past numerous bird colonies, lagoons, and salt marshes where waterfowl and migratory birds are in abundance. You’ll also find numerous white sand beaches just begging to be explored.
If you need to get out and stretch your legs, there are plenty of hiking trails along the way. When the time comes to stop for the night, there are two top rated campgrounds to choose from; Lagoons RV Resort in Rockport, TX and Pioneer Beach Resort in Port Aransas. Pioneer Beach has a private beach boardwalk, full hookups, free cable and Wi-Fi and each campsite, a birding pond, laundry facilities, and a large recreation house for all to use. Nearby Port Aransas offers island life shopping and dining for you to check out before you head out on the trail again.
Visit a state park. There is a serene beauty that inhibits most state parks. Enchanted Rock State Park is no different. Head on over to Fredericksburg, TX for a weekend filled with cave exploring, hiking, rock climbing and much more. Enchanted Rock is known for its mystical rock formations, including the infamous Dome that offers spectacular views of the Hill Country. If you want to explore the wildlife that roams the area, check out the Peach Loop Drive. It’s one of Texas’ great wildlife trails offering chance encounters with the different species in the area.
Camping in Enchanted Rock State Park includes basic and primitive sites. There are 35 basic sites with picnic tables, fire rings, water, restrooms and showers. The 20 primitive sites can be accessed after a 1.3 mile hike through rugged terrain. Pets are allowed in the primitive sites so you can bring along your camping companion. Make plans to explore the beautiful Enchanted Rock State Park on your next weekend getaway.
Stay at a top notch Resort and RV park. Mill Creek Ranch Resort in Canton, TX is located just 60 miles east of Dallas and is one of the top RV resorts in Texas. It makes up over 200 acres of rolling hills. Many of the campsites are lakeside so you get direct access for fishing. Grills, cement patios, tables and chairs are all provided at each site for your enjoyment. RV’s have access to full hookups, clean showers and restrooms, and laundry facilities.
One of the reasons that this RV resort is so attractive to campers is across the street. The First Monday Trade Days flea market is a highly sought out flea market in the area. You’ll find a wide variety of unique home furnishings, antiques and collectibles. Come stay at the nicest RV resort in Canton and take home some unique finds at the flea market.
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Spring break is that time of year when college students take a mid-semester break from their studies and set out to let loose and have a little fun. And it’s no secret that the most popular destinations are the coastal cities with warm sun and sandy white beaches. But, spring break is not just for the college students anymore. Many families are seizing the opportunity to turn spring break into a family vacation too. So, where do you take the family on spring break to avoid the college crowd? We’ve got a list of a few fun, family-friendly places in Texas for your spring break.
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
Have you ever wanted to wander among some of the biggest and most exotic animals that still roam the Earth? At Fossil Rim Wildlife Center you can do just that. Situated in Glen Rose, TX on over 1700 acres of protected land, you’ll find more than 1,000 animals and over a dozen exotic big game species. These animals include tigers, rhinoceros, giraffes, and much more. Many of the animals that inhabit the park are endangered or on the threatened species list. The center is working to protect these species and preserve their kid for as long as they can. Visitors can take guided tours through the park or they can drive through in the comfort of their own vehicle. Either way you get to see and appreciate these majestic animals up close and personal. Fossil Rim is a great place to take the kids. There’s a children’s activity center where they can pet and learn about the exotic animals; birds, tortoises and pot-bellied pigs. You can event stay the night in the park lodge or in the cabins at Safari camp that overlook the watering hole where many of the animals roam. For more information visit https://fossilrim.org/
Dinosaur Valley State Park
Do you have a little dinosaur lover or a future archaeologist in the midst? Imagine the excitement they would have walking where the Dinosaurs use to walk thousands of years ago. Strolling through the park and standing in the same place where the dinosaurs stood. At Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose, TX you can take your little explorer to discover over 1500 acres of land along the Paluxy River and find dinosaur footprints in the banks of the water. There are 70 foot models of an Apatosaurus and a 45 foot model of a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Visitors can also take advantage of the 20 miles of hiking trails, go fishing in the river, mountain bike on designated trails, and even swim in the river. There are designated campgrounds and backpack sites for you to camp overnight. Your little adventurer would get a kick out of spending the night where the dinosaurs roamed. To learn more about your visit to Dinosaur Valley State park, visit http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/dinosaur-valley
Galveston Pleasure Pier
Galveston is one of the most popular tourist cities along the coast of Texas. Situated on the Gulf of Mexico, Galveston is the oldest beach town in Texas. In the 1940’s, the Galveston pier was originally created as a recreational facility for the military but was turned over to the city after World War II and was made into a family friendly attraction. In 1961, it was destroyed by a hurricane and the Flagship Hotel opened as the only hotel over water. In 2008, Hurricane Ike destroyed the hotel which then gave way for the historical Pleasure Pier to reopen in 2012. It now serves as an amusement park and family friendly attraction for visitors to enjoy. The pier itself extends 1,130 feet over the Gulf of Mexico and is home to the very first Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. made famous by the movie Forrest Gump. There are thrill rides for all ages, shops, and restaurants that line the pier, and nightly entertainment. The Pleasure Pier is a great place to visit for families when vacationing in the Galveston area. To plan your visit to the pier, get more info here. http://www.pleasurepier.com/
There is so much more to see and do in Texas, these fun family-friendly spring break activities are just a few of your options.
If you are a full time RVer then you know what it’s like to have your entire life on the road with you. From clothing to bath and bedding necessities to entertainment; you want all the comforts of home with you when your RV IS your home. But, RV’s are limited on space and weight so the amount of items you bring along with you have to be kept to just the things that are “must haves” and keeping them organized can help tremendously and allow you to store more of those things. Here are some tips for organizing your RV to help you save on space.
Let’s start in one of the most cluttered of all places; the Kitchen.
Using items such as 3M Command Hooks to hang stuff can help save on drawer and cabinet space.
You can hang potholders and towels on the inside of cabinet doors, as well as small cooking utensils.
Nesting bowls and measuring spoons allow for more cookware but save on space.
Using storage containers for dry items such as cereal and pasta can help save on cupboard space, plus you can stack them on top of each other to utilize all the cupboard space you have.
Magnetic spice containers can save on counter and cupboard space when mounted on a metal cookie sheet. Or you can build a spice rack that mounts under your kitchen cupboards.
A fold up or slide out cutting boards saves on counter space and can also double as an extra cooking surface when preparing meals.
Magazine holders work wondrously for stacking plates vertically in your cupboards to make more room for other items.
Shoe organizers have a multitude of uses in your RV. They can work for storing personal items in your bedroom or bathroom such as makeup, brushes, toiletries, etc.
Vacuum storage bags can be useful for more things than storing clothes. You can also store extra linens and shoes to fit under your bed or under your RV in the storage compartments.
Fold up sweater/shoe holders can be used to save on closet space. They can be used to hold jeans, hats, scarves, sweatshirts, and much more rather than taking up drawer space.
Small toiletry baskets can also be hung inside medicine cabinets in the bathroom to store things like nail polish, toothpaste and tooth brushes, and medicine to keep them off bathroom counters.
Metal closet systems work great for organizing and additional storage in your closets.
Slide out drawers of any kind add extra storage space in hidden places like under your dining table bench seat.
Building slide out boards for under your RV gives you easy access to items without having to pull each container out separately.
Storage totes of any size and shape allow you to categorize and store like items to make it easy to find things.
Brackets mounted on the roof of the storage unit allow you toutilize all 4 walls and store more things you may need, like brooms, hoses, equipment, etc.
Over the seat organizers work great for keeping kids games and toys organized while driving and provides quick access so they don’t have to get out of their seat.
Keeping your RV organized not only makes it easier to access and keep track of the items you need for your travels but it also provides a sense of comfort knowing you can carry more of the things you want as well. What are some of your organizing tips and tricks?
Many people make New Year Resolutions that involve weight loss, eating healthy, saving money, etc. But what about travel New Year resolutions for the RVer? Some of your RV travel resolutions could include getting out and exploring more of your hometown; travel more this year but spend less; and trying new adventures out on the road. In Texas there are plenty of options for all of these resolutions. Read on to hear about a few ideas.
1.Explore your hometown
Houston is a huge big city with lots of history, exciting sights, and plenty of adventure. The best way to explore is by Segway. The city of Houston offers Segway tours daily for a small fee and it’s a lot of fun to learn to ride those fancy machines. There are different tours you can take but the History of Houston is a popular one. Learn about the history of the city while riding on a Segway. http://segwaytoursofhouston.com/
Texas Air Adventures is another great company that shows you the best parts of the city, just with a different perspective. Imagine soaring above the city line and tall buildings while riding in a hot air balloon. Tour guides take you around and show you the best parts of the city from the peaceful quite above all the noise. Visit their website for pricing and trip ideas. http://www.texasaa.com/
Travel more; spend less- Money saving tips. Yes, you can travel and still save money. There are plenty of ways to save on the road. Here are a few tips:
Download the Gas Buddy app. Available for all smartphones, the gas buddy app compares gas prices at over thousands of gas stations along your travel route so you can fill up for less.
Join an RV club to get discounts and RV parks. The Good Sam club offers RVers hundreds of dollars in savings at different RV parks and campgrounds across the country.
Cook more of your own meals. Eating out on the road can add up in cost. If you visit a superstore and stock up on essentials before you set out on the road.
Boondock on occasion. Camping sans hookups every once in a while saves on energy costs allowing you to go longer with what you have. Plus it’s fun to “rough it” for a change.
Purchase the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass. For just $80 you get to visit all the national parks and monuments in the United States for free! It’s a huge savings if you plan to visit a lot of these attractions on your travels. https://store.usgs.gov/pass/index.html
Try New Adventures- if you RV often, sometimes it can be hard to come up with new ideas of places to go and things to do. This year, challenge yourself to try something you may not have ever thought you would do. Houston is full of adventure when you look in the right places.
Tackle the 26 mile paddling trail- if you like to kayak, canoe, paddle board, etc then this is a great activity to try. The 26 mile padding trail in Houston starts near Highway 6 and ends in Allens landing Park. Because the trail is so long, it’s not recommended to travel the whole thing in one day. Most adventurers make anywhere from 1.5hrs-4hrs trips per day, and camp overnight before they set out the next day. The river winds through the best parts of the city so you get to experience a little of city living and outdoor life in Houston. https://www.naturefind.com/places/buffalo-bayou-paddling-trail/
Soar like a bird!- The Greater Houston Soaring Association is a newer company that offers a once in a lifetime experience. Imagine soaring through the air like a bird in a sailplane, 5000 ft above the city. Sailplanes offer motorless flight over the open parts of Houston. The sailplanes are piloted by instructors but you can learn to fly one by yourself. After 35-45 instructor lead flights, you can eventually fly solo. Prices vary depending on how long you want to fly. Visit their website for more details. http://www.houstonsoaring.org/
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