When I was young, visiting the farm was always one of my favorite fall activities. Between the adorable animals, peaceful hayrides, awesome corn mazes, and delicious fall foods, it’s almost impossible not to have fun, especially now that the weather has started to cool down.
So if you need some help getting into the fall spirit, we definitely recommend you head to one of your local animal farms the next time you have a day to spend with the family. Below, are seven of our absolute favorite CT animal farms.
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1. Flamig Farm—West Simsbury
Founded in 1907, the Flamig Farm has been in the family for over a 100 years. They have 12 dairy cows, chickens, and a bunch of organic vegetables. Their mission is to be a premier educator for anyone in New England by focusing on local food production, energy conservation, and nutrition. They encourage anyone who stops by to take responsibility for their own well-being and for those around them. Flamig Farm has such a pure message and really focuses on the good of people and animals, this is a must-visit farm this fall!
2. Highwire Deer & Animal Farm—Woodbury
Highwire Deer and Animal Farm have been caring for animals since 1982. They have a variety of animals ranging from kangaroos all the way to goats. The animals are very friendly and would love for you to come by and say hello. They give a lot of updates of openings on their Facebook page, so make sure to check it out before planning a visit. This is a great place for kids, but be on the look-out for baby goats as they tend to run free on the farm. They would never hurt anyone but just be sure to make smaller children aware!
3. Action Wildlife Foundation—Goshen
Petting zoo, hayrides, museum and farm tours; could it get any better? Action Wildlife Foundation has tons of unique animals from 6 of the 7 continents. Animals include zebra, cattle, buffalo, pigs, llama, elk, and much more! This is a great place to take the kids to brush up on interesting animal knowledge. They are open until the end of October so make sure to take a visit before it’s too late!
4. Silverman’s Farm —Easton
This family farm was founded in the 1920’s and has continued to provide the community with great family experiences. This is another great stop to see interesting breeds of animals, Silverman’s Animal Farm is your rustic destination for family fun. They are open daily from 9 AM to 5 PM and only closes during inclement weather. They have a market full of amazing fall favorites like jellies, jams, pies, cider donuts, and more!
5. Arethusa Farm—Bantam
This farm has quite the story and has become very iconic in the “farm-to-table” world. Arethusa Farm is primarily a dairy farm but has a restaurant on the grounds that has been named top 100 restaurants in America by OneTable. Now, you might be thinking; ‘that sounds expensive’ and you’d be right. This is a true farm-to-table experience and I urge you to check it out if you can. If you have a special day coming up, spend it here and enjoy one of the most amazing meals you’ll ever experience. You can come to visit the cows on Saturdays and ask the farmers all of your farm-related questions. They also have a bakery and coffee shop on site to enjoy small breakfast plates and delicious java.
7. Cheshire Hollow Farm—Cheshire
Cheshire Hollow Farm is open from October 1st through October 31st, and then again from November 23rd through Christmas, and year-round for field trips and summer camps. This working farm is operated by life-long Cheshire residents John and Dawn. They have miniature horses, cattle, pot-bellied pigs, goats, and chickens. You can stop by for seasonal goodies like pumpkins and Christmas Trees. Call and schedule your own tour of the farm for a cool hands-on experience.
8. Riverview Farms—Glastonbury
Riverview Farms recently kicked-off their season on September 8th and offer hayrides, corn maze, and of course, animals. The farm was purchased back in 1977 and started by just selling apples and have grown large enough to have their own fall festivals. You can stop by their fall festivals to check out how they make their natural cider and even bring home some fresh apple fritters.