The Texas Renaissance Festival offers patrons a variety of medieval entertainment, food, shops and fun. The festival continues through Dec. 1. and is a little less than a three-hour drive away in Todd Mission. For more information, go to www.texrenfest.com.

The Houston Zoo is about 200 miles from Fort Hood and has plenty of animals for the entire Family to see. The zoo is open is open 9 a.m.-7 p.m., seven days a week. For more information, go to www.houstonzoo.org.

The Austin Zoo was established in 1990, but was called Good Day Ranch until 1994. The name was changed, because the facility went from caring only for domestic farm animals to exotic wildlife animals as well. The zoo is about a 25 minute drive away from downtown Austin. Its mission is to ass…