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There’s nothing like autumn in Dallas. The cooler days and evenings and a wealth of activities make it one of the most fun and beautiful times of the year to visit. Not sure where to start? Here are some ideas:

Get Outside
The blistering heat of the summer months is in the rear-view mirror. It’s time to embrace the great outdoors and the abundant natural beauty of the area.

Nothing screams fall more clearly than apple picking and leaf peeping. Visit one of the many area farms and orchards in greater Dallas, such as Henrietta Creek Orchard or Preston Trails farm. Afterwards, stop in to Fort Worth Botanic Garden’s Japanese Garden, and enjoy a magnificent display of fall foliage, unlike anywhere else in the area.

Cedar Ridge Preserve and Trinity River Forest offer miles of trails for hikers of all levels of skill. For those looking for a less strenuous activity, White Rock Lake, and downtown parks such as Klyde Warren Park or Main Street Garden offer glorious backdrops for a casual stroll or picnic.

Feeling even less than adventurous? Enjoy the great outdoors from the comfort of a great restaurant patio. There is no shortage of options, as each of the neighborhoods throughout the city offer a variety of places to kick back, enjoy a meal and take in the fall vibe.

Catch a Game
Football fans come alive in the fall, and the home city of the Dallas Cowboys is no exception. Fans can gather at AT&T Stadium to cheer on the home team, or tailgate for a college game at TCU or SMU. The fun isn’t limited to just football; hockey and basketball fans can catch either the Dallas Stars or Dallas Mavericks for a game at the American Airlines Center in October.

Festivals, Fairs and Family Fun
The greater DFW area really knows how to put on an outdoor festival, and there are many options for fun:

  • Plano’s Oak Point Park hosts the 40th Annual Plano Balloon Festival, Sept. 20–22
  • Granbury’s Demonstrative Gardens will offer a free family event on October 5th. Romancing the Monarch: A Butterfly Festival is scheduled to coincide with the annual Monarch migration. Its a must-see for butterfly lovers.
  • The Dallas Arboretum rolls out the welcome mat for fall with its spectacular annual Autumn in the Arboretum extravaganza, which run through the end of November. This year’s Pumpkin Village theme is Adventures in Neverland.

The above are just a sampling of all the area has to offer. With so much to see, do and enjoy, it’s obvious that Dallas is a prime destination for autumn visitors.