Rain, rain…go away! Ready to turn off the TV, crawl out of your Snuggie, and get outside to enjoy some of the cooler, drier weather in the forecast? Check out these pumpkin patches, corn mazes and special events in and around San Antonio to put some actual spice in your fall weekend.
Devine Acres Farm
944 FM 2200, Devine, (830) 665-9730
Through October 28, take a scenic little trip south to Devine for an old-fashioned pumpkin patch complete with hayrides, a petting zoo, scarecrow dressing, games, live entertainment and of course…pumpkins galore! Kids 2 and under are free while everyone else has a $12 admission fee (there are discounts for seniors and military members), with extra goodies available to purchase. Open Saturdays 10 a.m.–5 p.m., and Sundays 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
12862 US-290, Fredericksburg, (830) 644-2404
Want to visit an actual orchard, where there are still pumpkins on the vine ripe for the picking? Vogel Orchard in Fredericksburg is one of the few places near San Antonio that allows you to pick your own pumpkin…or choose from already-picked varieties, and check out the sweet, pumpkin-themed treats at the stand while you’re there. Open Fridays, Saturdays, and Mondays from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sundays from 11:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Bracken UMC Pumpkin Patch
120377 FM 2252, San Antonio, (830) 606-6717
This free fall event at Bracken UMC is a tradition for many San Antonio families, and for good reason. Not only are there over 15,000 pumpkins, but there are Halloween and fall-oriented activities including hayrides and the Pumpkin Patch Express Train—plus photo ops with costumed scarecrows and fantasy characters. A special Fall Festival with bounce houses, a treat walk, silent auction and food trucks will be held Saturday, October 20 from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. This year the pumpkin patch runs through October 31 from 9 a.m. to sundown.
Circle-N-Maze Corn Maze
558 County Rd. 345, La Vernia, (210) 274-3816
Weekends in October are your chance to get lost in a 5.5 acre Sugar Skull maze with 3 miles of trails on the back 80 acres of Circle N Farm. Along with the maze, there’s a huge pumpkin patch, photo stations, petting zoo with baby animals, a “mini maze” for toddlers, and multiple vendors and food trucks. The maze isn’t lit, so bring your flashlights and glow sticks to light your way on Friday and Saturday nights. Extreme weather will close the maze, so be sure to check the weather, or give them a call before you visit. Hours are Fridays 6 p.m.–10 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; and Sundays noon–5 p.m. Admission runs $10, with kids 2 and under free.
3903 N. St. Mary’s Street, San Antonio, (210) 734-7184
San Antonio Zoo hosts its family friendly, non-spooky Halloween celebration, Zoo Boo! Every Saturday and Sunday through October 28, from 9 a.m.–6 p.m. The zoo will offer trick-or-treat stations, a fun hay maze, pumpkin painting, and plenty of games. Families can even enjoy a ride on the Zoo Boo! Express, and little ghouls and goblins are encouraged to wear their best (non-scary) costume for a chance to be in a costume contest. Zoo Boo! is included with standard zoo admission and FREE for zoo members.