10 of the Best Texas Locations to Visit in November: State Parks, Events, and More!

November in Texas is uniquely serene, marking the end of the busy summer and early fall.

This time brings a noticeable shift in scenery with vibrant leaves and a crisp breeze, setting the stage for the much-anticipated Thanksgiving feasts.

It’s a perfect opportunity to venture out, whether it’s to local areas or farther afield.

Here’s a condensed guide to Texas’ family-friendly spots in November:

Galveston’s Holiday in the Gardens starts November 20th, featuring festive lights, 3D movies, an ice slide, train rides, Santa visits, s’mores, and special dinners.

1. Holiday in the Gardens in Galveston

 Best for autumn leaf-peeping, especially the fleeting beauty of Bigtooth Maples.

2. Lost Maples State Natural Area in Vanderpool

Observe trees like cypress and oak transform into a spectrum of fall colors. It’s ideal for day visits, camping, or staying in furnished cabins.

3. Garner State Park in Concan

A blend of German culture and Texas fun, offering food, music, dancing, carnival attractions, and a variety of beers.

4. Wurstfest, New Braunfels (Nov 5-14)

Located in Texas’ panhandle, Caprock Canyon State Park is home to many free-roaming bison.

5.Caprock Canyons State Park in Quitaque

Enjoy boating, fishing, hiking, and picnics amid changing sweetgums, maples, and oaks. Overnight options include campsites and cabins

6.Tyler State Park in Tyler

A large-scale celebration with costumed actors, stages, and shops offering food, crafts, and entertainment.

7.Texas Renaissance Festival, Todd Mission

A conservation-focused park with over 1,100 animals across 50 species.

8.Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, Glen Rose

 Offers a quaint holiday experience with decorated streets, train rides, and Santa visits.

9.Old Town Spring’s Home for the Holidays, Spring (Nov 14-Dec)

Famous for its stunning fall foliage, best viewed from October to mid-November.

10.Lake Bob Sandlin State Park, Pittsburg