November 1 2011 by Mike Mason
Whether it is lower temperatures, the changing colors of the leaves or the abundance of the harvest, fall is a favorite among travelers of all ages. It might be the crisp feeling in the air or those scents we've come to love, but around the country, there are sights to see and fun to be had. Here are a couple family-friendly festivals to enjoy in this nostalgic season of the year.
Marble Falls, Texas
How would you like to navigate a hayfield not quite the size, but in the shape of Texas? The Harvest the Fall Fun festival in Marble Falls, Texas, has the fall fun without the fall temperatures! The maze walk comes with a game card to help you learn new facts while finding your way to each destination within the course. A festival here wouldn't be any fun without the opportunity to also pick the biggest pumpkin you can find straight from the patch. Other activities include Pumpkin Island hayrides, face and pumpkin painting and a petting zoo. This fun will be available until November 12. For more information, visit http://www.sweetberryfarm.com/. Check into the BEST WESTERN PLUS Marble Falls Inn in while you explore more of the area including the Texas Wine Trail, Lake Marble Falls and Longhorn Cavern State Park.
Hocking Hills, Ohio
Hocking Hills, located an hour outside of Columbus, and home to Ohio's "Scenic Wonderland" offers a unique view of the dazzling colors of Fall with a 22-mile train ride along the Hocking River and Appalachian foothills. A history of the railway and area are provided by a conductor as you'll pass by a canal lock and historic old company towns, all while viewing blazing red, orange and yellow colors in the foliage around you. Trains run every Thursday through Sunday. When you're headed back to Columbus, stop by the BEST WESTERN PLUS Canal Winchester Inn and explore the nation's only Barber Museum and The Doll and Toy Museum.
Do you have a favorite fall activity? Tell us in the comments below!