We stay pretty busy during the school year and over the summer. But my most favorite season to make plans for is the fall! When the air turns cooler and we can bust out our boots and scarves… I am in heaven and I want to do so much more outdoors with my kids! We partake in local events in and around Dallas all year long. But come Fall, I like to venture out of the DFW area to experience other towns and their events. It’s become a tradition in our family to explore nearby towns during the fall season and see what they have to offer that may be a little different than what we may see here in the Big D!
For the past six years, we’ve taken many day trips during the fall season. Here is a list of our favorite day trips we enjoy outside of Dallas County. Maybe, just maybe… we’ll see you out there too!
- College football games. Football and fall weather go together like cafecito con pan dulce (coffee with Mexican sweet bread). We make it an annual family fall (day) trip to visit College Station for an Aggies game. We’ve made this a tradition and it’s always at the top of our “to do” list every fall. We enjoy dressing up in our team gear, eating at the same Mexican restaurant before the game and talking about the game highlights on the way home. For us, it’s a 2.5 hour drive to and from Kyle Field, but so worth the drive because the memories we’re making on this day trip to College Station are priceless.
- Mimosas at the Market in Corsicana. Alright, this has become my most favorite event this season. Corsicana’s downtown historic district is quite impressive! The antique shops and diners are worth the one hour drive! Mimosas at the Market takes place on the 2nd Saturday of every month! Free mimosas while you shop?! Well, I don’t mind if I do! I always manage to find that one great vintage piece or that one trendy item for my wardrobe collection. You can’t go wrong with Mimosas at the Market.
- The Catfish Plantation in Waxahachie. If you don’t mind a friendly ghost encouter while you dine, then you should check out the Catfish Planatation! Well, there aren’t actually any guarantees you’ll experience any type of paranormal activity, but you will experience good Southern home-made cuisine and a friendly staff. The Catfish Plantation is open all year round of course, but we enjoy visiting this haunted spot every fall. The Catfish Plantation has a pumpkin patch during the month of October and haunted ghost tours after hours. We have yet to experience that tour, it sells out too fast for us!
- Santa Land in Lindale. I know there are several holiday lights drives through parks in and around Dallas. But for us, nothing beats Santa Land. Each November we make the East Texas drive to see Christmas lights in Lindale. Every year we are amazed at the wonder of holiday lights as we drive through this park! And yes, we take our family photo with Santa too!
My kids’ extracurricular activities keep me on my toes each week and at times, in bed early due to exhaustion of these activities. I don’t see these afterschool activities with my kids as quality family time. Sure they’ll remember me driving them all over town for school events, but it’s just another school routine.
On our fall day trips, we typically have at least an hour on the road to our destination and I use that time to engage my kids in true conversation. Don’t get me wrong, we talk at home all the time. But there is something about being on the open road that opens my kids up more and they give us, their parents, a little more insight of what’s going on with them. Those are the moments I live for as their mom.