Seasonal Activities to do in Austin

Five fall-themed places to visit that align with COVID-19 policies


Courtesy of Austin Ghosts

As halloween approaches, the Dispatch offers advice on seasonal activities in Austin.

Ella Waltuck, Reporter

October is finally here and for a lot of people that means pumpkin spice lattes, fall-themed photo shoots, and Halloween costumes.

Coronavirus is a big concern for everyone’s daily life, so here are some fall activities to do, where you can easily social distance and be safe.

If scary movies interest you, try out some outdoor drive in movie theaters where you can social distance and watch your favorite scary movies. Look no further than the Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In, located off I-35 and is about 30 minutes from Bowie. Individual walk-in tickets are around $11, but they also have packages for drive-ins that include snacks and unlimited passengers. The prices range from $30 to $45.

If you’re looking for pumpkin fall-themed photo ideas, try out Evergreen Farms in Elgin Texas.

Evergreen Farms, located in Elgin Texas located on 242 Monkey Rd. They have mask rules and social distancing is required to keep everyone safe. This year they have their pumpkin hunt event. Parking and admission is free and you only pay $3 for the following activities; Pumpkin Launcher, Train Ride, Fishing Pond, Spinner, Bounce Track,and a Kids Zip Line. They are open Monday through Friday from 12 – 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 – 5 p.m..

If you’re looking for something closer, try Sweet Eats Fruit Farm on 14400 E State Hwy 29, Georgetown, TX 78626. They are open Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are only for activities, you can show up and pick fruits and only pay for what you take home. Sweet Eats has many fruits and vegetables you can pick and pumpkins are $0.79/Lb. They have a corn maze and pumpkin patch.

If you’re looking for a movie theater experience but still want to be cautious about the virus, try Alamo Drafthouse.

Alamo Drafthouse requires masks and temperature checks everyone who enters the building. Everyone is socially distancing when watching the movie, and the employees follow cleaning procedures to ensure you’re safe. Alamo is showing scary movies this October, tickets start at $12.50 to book a seat. Alamo Drafthouse is located at 5701 W. Slaughter Lane Bldg. F.

Another option for fall-themed photos is Zilker Botanical Garden located at 2220 Barton Springs Rd. Austin, TX 78746. The garden is open y days a week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For ages 3-17 admission is $3 and $6 for adults. The garden consists of rivers/ponds and many trees shading your path.

Leaves are beginning to change colors and the days are getting cooler. I recommend trying these activities with your friends this fall.