Get ready for adventure! These 26 incredible things to do in Southern USA belong on your bucket list this fall. From giant festivals to breathtaking waterfalls, Florida, Georgia, and Texas have a lot to offer this time of year.

Choose your destination for the experience of a lifetime.

Alice's Wonderland at the Atlanta Botanical Garden

Price: $21.95

Address: 1345 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

Why You Need To Go: Step into Alice's Wonderland in this gorgeous garden rendition of the beloved story. You'll see the White Rabbit, the Chesire Cat, and more on this whimsical journey in Georgia. 

Cattail Falls

Price: $30 per vehicle, $15 per individual 

Address: Big Bend National Park near Marathon, TX

Why You Need To Go: This waterfall is tucked away in a remote national park near the border of Texas and Mexico. Follow Cattail Falls Trail to find this hidden gem. 

Enchanted Rock State Nature Area

Price: $7

Address: 16710 Ranch Rd. 965 Fredericksburg, TX 78624

Why You Need To Go: You can marvel at incredible rock formations at Enchanted Rock in Texas. This hiking area will give you unbeatable landscape views. 

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Price: $176 for two days

When:

Address: 200 Epcot Center Drive, Orlando, FL 32821

Why You Need To Go: Adventurous food-lovers need to go to this Florida festival! There will be foods to try from all over the world, not to mention delicious drinks to enjoy while you people-watch. 

Amicalola Falls

Price: $5 parking

Address: 418 Amicalola Falls Road, Dawsonville, GA 30534

Why You Need To Go: Hike to Amicalola Falls, the tallest waterfall in the Southeast! This huge, gorgeous waterfall in Georgia is every explorer's dream. 

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter 

Price: from $115

Address: 6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819

Why You Need To Go: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a unique and magical experience in Florida. Ride on Hagrid's motorbike and try delicious Butterbeer.

Providence Canyon

Price: $5 parking

Address: 8930 Canyon Road, Lumpkin, GA 31815

Why You Need To Go: This Georgia park offers incredible views of deep canyons and the beautiful skyline, decorated with pops of color from the vibrant canyon soil.

Devil's Den Spring

Price: Snorkeling $15, diving $38

Address: 5390 NE 180th Ave, Williston, FL 32696

Why You Need To Go: This prehistoric sinkhole is an unparalleled Florida adventure. Descend a narrow staircase into a turquoise well of water and bathe in the natural light streaming into this unique spring.

Jacob's Well

Price: $5-$9, reservations required

Address: 1699 Mt. Sharp Road, Wimberley, TX 78676

Why You Need To Go: This incredible swimming hole in Texas is one of the nation's most unique and beautiful natural features. However, it is also dangerous and deep, so be careful!

Ginnie Springs

Price: $14.02

Address: 7300 Ginnie Springs Road, High Springs, FL 32643

Why You Need To Go: This crystal-clear natural spring is a must-see in the sunshine state. Wade into the vivid blue waters in a clear kayak for an unforgettable Florida experience.

McDonald Observatory Star Party

Price: $15

When: Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday evening

Address: 3640 Dark Sky Drive at McDonald Observatory, TX 79734

Why You Need To Go: If you like to stargaze, you will love Star Party at McDonald Observatory in Texas. View bright constellations and stunning celestial events. Telescopes are provided!

The Venetian Pool

Price: $13 for non-locals, $5.50 for locals

Address: 2701 De Soto Boulevard, Coral Gables, FL 33134

Why You Need To Go: The Venetian Pool in Florida is the largest freshwater pool in the US. This gorgeous spring features crystal-clear water and two waterfalls.

Lanier Islands

Price: $15 parking

Address: 7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford, GA 30518

Why You Need To Go: You can rent a boat or take a kayak out on Lake Lanier and view these scenic islands in Georgia. Stay the night in one of the lodges or villas offered on the islands for unbeatable views of the water.  

Texas Corn Maze 

Price: $8

When: September 21 through November 10 

Address: Sweet Berry Farms, 1801 FM 1980, Marble Falls, Texas 78654

Why You Need To Go: This year's theme for the Texas Corn Maze is "O, How I love Texas." Enter the maze and see if you can find all 12 Texas towns that end with an "O"!

The Fountain of Youth

Price: $4 per vehicle, $2 per pedestrian

Address: 2860 Ponce De Leon Springs Rd, Ponce De Leon, FL 32455

Why You Need To Go: This is an incredible experience entirely unique to Florida. You can take a dip in Ponce de Le Leon's historic "Fountain of Youth"!

Secluded Intown Treehouse Airbnb

Price: $375 per night

Address: Downtown Georgia, address provided upon booking

Why You Need To Go: This Airbnb is spectacular! You can spend the night in a peaceful treehouse in downtown Georgia. Bathe in the dappled light of the forest as you relax in an urban oasis. 

Gorman Falls

Price: $6

Address: 2236 Park Hill Drive, Bend, TX 76824

Why You Need To Go: This huge waterfall at Colorado Bend State Park in Texas will take your breath away. Hike the Gorman Falls Trail to reach this natural beauty. 

Halloween Horror Nights

Price: $68 for 1-night admission

When: Select nights between Sept. 6-Nov. 2

Address: 6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819

Why You Need To Go: If you love all things spooky, you need to go to Halloween Horror Nights in Florida. Wander through the Stranger Things and Us-themed haunted houses.

Space Center Houston

Price: $29.95

Address: 1601 NASA Pkwy, Houston, Texas, USA
77058

Why You Need To Go: At the Space Center in Houston, you can step inside shuttle replicas, see real-life spacesuits, and watch space documentaries. Marvel at the history and future of human space exploration.

Tallulah Gorge

Price: $5 parking

Address: 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Drive, Tallulah Falls, GA 30573

Why You Need To Go: The breathtaking falls at Tallulah Gorge are a must-see in Georgia. Go in the fall to see colorful foliage framing the flowing water. 

Venice Beach

Price: Free

Address: Venice Beach, Venice, FL 34285

Why You Need To Go: Visit Florida's black sand beach! This unique beach has beautiful black sand that's full of shark teeth waiting to be discovered.

Chattahoochee National Forest

Price: $3-$15 for single-day passes

Address: Chattahoochee National Forest, Suches, GA 30572

Why You Need To Go: Explore Chattahoochee National Forest in Georgia for unbeatable views of rushing rivers and cascading waterfalls, not to mention diverse plants and wildlife. 

San Antonio Day of the Dead

Price: Free!

When: October 26-27

Address: 630 Nueva Street, San Antonio, TX 78205

Why You Need To Go: This gigantic annual festival is an incredible celebration of Mexico's DΓ­a de los Muertos. Festival-goers can enjoy face painting, authentic food, and Mexican culture.

Georgia National Fair

Price: $10

When: October 3-13

Address: 401 Larry Walker Pkwy, Perry, GA 31069

Why You Need To Go: Don't miss the Georgia National Fair! Ride the Ferris wheel, try a fried candy bar, and see cute llamas, cows, and goats up close. 

Krause Springs 

Price: $8

Address: 424 County Rd 404, Spicewood, TX 78669

Why You Need To Go: This Texas swimming hole is the ultimate destination for natural beauty. Gaze in awe at the towering trees, gigantic rocks, and tumbling waterfalls.

Wakulla Springs State Park

Price: $6 per vehicle

Address: 465 Wakulla Park Drive, Wakulla Springs FL 32327

Why You Need To Go: Head to Wakulla Springs in Florida to experience the world's deepest freshwater spring. You can snorkel or free-dive in the beautiful, clear blue water.

Strap on your boots or bathing suit and knock these things to do in Southern USA off your bucket list. Bring your camera and make some memories!


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.


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