Labor Day has officially come and gone.

You know what that means – it’s time for pumpkin-flavored everything, football-packed weekends, and cooler weather. Whether you recently moved to Houston or could just benefit from a refresher on the area’s countless fall activities, we are here to help.

Check out the following ideas for how you can celebrate this time of year.

Texas Renaissance Festival

Looking for something the entire family will enjoy? Then you must make plans to visit the Texas Renaissance Festival. Throw on some wacky period costumes, eat a turkey leg, and take a break from reality during this one-of-a-kind event.

The 2018 Texas Renaissance Festival takes place Saturdays and Sundays from September 25 through November 25. The official website has additional information regarding each of the themed weekends, as well as how to purchase tickets.

The Museum District

This is a great time of year to visit Houston’s museum district. Similar to the Renaissance Festival, there truly is something for everyone. We recommend making a whole day of it, exploring both the Houston Museum of Natural Science and the Museum of Fine Arts.

Who knows? There might even be a Halloween exhibit or two for the kiddos.

Local pumpkin patches

Autumn is not complete without heading to the local pumpkin patch and picking out choice pumpkins for the whole family. This is definitely a fun, affordable getaway that immediately puts everyone in the fall spirit.

Trying to figure out another autumn activity that pairs well with a pumpkin patch trip? Then consider checking out one of the many local coffee shops in Houston. Some of our favorites include Southside Espresso, Barbazzar, and A 2nd Cup.

Houston Theater District

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more acclaimed theater district in the region. If you’re wanting to attend an unforgettable show, purchase tickets for the Alley Theatre, The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, or Theatre Under the Stars. Of course, the Houston Symphony and Houston Grand Opera put on incredible musical performances on a regular basis.

Whatever your preference, now is a great time to take in the arts with loved ones.

The Houston Zoo

Cooler weather makes fall the ideal time to visit the zoo. If you happen to be a student at the University of Houston, you get free admission by presenting your student ID. There are also admission discounts for seniors, military members, and large groups.

Pro tip: Start making plans now to attend the annual Houston Zoo Lights exhibitions. You won’t find any brighter or more colorful displays during the holiday season.

Houston’s Premier Charter Bus Service

You have a long list of things to do with your friends and family this fall. But have you given much thought yet to how you’re getting everywhere? Sure, you could test your luck with Houston traffic.

The better option, though, is to book a charter bus reservation with Merlo’s Charters. Houston residents have relied on us for dependable ground transportation for two decades and it’s no surprise why.

Our charter bus team makes you our No. 1 priority. Contact Merlo’s today.