New Call-to-action
Destinations & Day Trips

A Guide to the Perfect Fall Day in CT

Guide To Fall In CT
Written by Noel Lorde

When you’re planning to visit a new state, it can be difficult to try and find cool things to do. It’s hard enough trying to find transportation and a place to stay. There’s also a lot of different variables that go into planning activities for your trip.. That challenge can be overwhelming at times, especially when you have others tagging along. Don’t stress. I’m here to help.

Connecticut is a fun-sized state packed with a lot of interesting places to visit. There are rural areas for you to explore the outdoors. There are also urban areas with a lively nightlife. If you’ll be visiting Connecticut this fall, here’s a guide to fill your perfect fall day with activities.

New Call-to-action

1. Pumpkin Picking

pumpkin patch

Pumpkin picking is a popular activity during the fall season. Many families will spend their Saturday in search of a pumpkin for their jack-o-lanterns. Picking your pumpkin right from the vine can be a fun experience. It’s much more fun than grabbing one from a giant bin in the grocery store. Plus, it such a memorable experience. The scenery at some of these local farms will take your breath away and the open fields are a perfect place for kids to run around and play.

There’s plenty of pumpkin patches in Connecticut for you and your family to rummage through this season. You’re sure to find a variety of pumpkins and other fall crops to choose from at the local patches. The Pumpkinseed Hill Farm in Shelton is just one of the many places you can visit. There are photo booths scattered around the farm for you to capture your memories. You can also take part in their hayride or visit their Harvest Kitchen to find recipes for the pumpkins you pick.

2. Visit a Haunted House

Haunted Houses

After carving a scary face into your jack-o-lantern, you may want to explore a haunted house. Walking through a creepy graveyard or exploring a witches lair will definitely get you in the Halloween spirits. You may even get some inspiration for scary Halloween costumes if you can keep your eyes open long enough.

You can visit places like The Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce. It’s open every weekend of October. This frightening one-mile journey begins at dusk, right after the doors for the park close. You’ll begin at an eerie graveyard and if you’re anything like me, you’ll end up in tears by the end of the walk. The Nightmare on Wolcott Street is an indoor attraction that you can visit in Waterbury. They have over 50 rooms that will surely give you nightmares. You could also check out the Ghost Tours found all over CT!

3. Apple Picking

Pick Your Own Apples in Connecticut

Connecticut is filled with apple orchards. Visiting an apple orchard can be a fun place for you and your family to go visit this fall. It’s a great activity to do when you just want to get outdoors. You can stock up on apples for all the delicious meals you will be serving up this fall. Or you can just enjoy the beautiful view of the apple trees blooming. Most orchards offer more than just a simple basket of apples for you to take home, many places offer a variety of apple flavored foods for you to purchase. You’ll probably find pies, ciders, and donuts at their markets or gift shops.

If you’re looking for an apple orchard to visit, you may want to visit Lyman Orchards in Middlefield. They’ve been around for 275 years. After you’ve finished picking your apples, you can explore their corn maze or hit a few rounds at their public golf course.

4. Visit A Local Farm

Connecticut has recently seen this resurgence of interest in local farms over the years. People are visiting to get fresh locally grown food and products straight from the source. These farms can also be a good place to visit during your trip. The fall season will be one of your last chances to do it before the long winter. Children will love being around all the animals and open land. Plus you can learn more about the farm and agriculture throughout the state.

5. Hike A Trail

There are so many places to go hiking in Connecticut. The Appalachian Mountains run through the state, so you’re bound to find some hilly trail to climb in the area you end up visiting. Taking a hike will give you the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful fall weather and take in more of the landscape.

If you enjoy hiking, you should check out the Appalachian Trail River Walk in South Kent. The trail is pretty flat, so it’s okay if you aren’t an advanced hiker. The trail is about 4.8 miles long and it runs beside the Housatonic River. Along the way, you can take in the scenic view of the river and fall foliage.

The Sleeping Giant Park is another hiking trail you can visit in Hamden. The name of the park came about from the trails, which had a striking resemblance to a sleeping man. The trail is two miles long and it’s labeled by color. The different colors indicate the level of difficulty. At the top of the trail, there’s a small castle that you can take photos in front of. Every time I head up the trails, I make sure to take one.

6. Tour a Museum

Yale Peabody Museum

Connecticut is home to some very interesting museums and galleries. If you’re looking for a break from all the outdoor activities, checking out a museum is a great alternative. The Peabody Museum is right here in New Haven. People travel from all over the world to explore some of their exhibits. You can take a tour and learn more about the early lives of humans or the wonders of our planet and solar system. There are so many exhibits and discovery rooms it sometimes feels like the learning opportunities are endless.

They also have seasonal events that you can attend during your trip this season. For Halloween, they are hosting the Haunted Crawl and Costume Ball. This adult only event will have dancing, light refreshments, drinks, and tons of activities to do. They also host a Spooky Science Family Night for the kids.

If science isn’t really your thing, you can visit the Yale Art Gallery. They are constantly displaying new exhibits. This fall the Seriously Funny: Caricature through the Centuries exhibit will explore how humor and satire were used in art over the centuries.

7. Visit a Carnival or Fair

County Fair

While you’re driving through CT towns, you’re likely to see a Ferris wheel or a merry-go-round during this season. No matter what age you are, you can enjoy the festivities. There’s games for people to play and prizes for them to win. There’s also carnival food for you and your loved ones to enjoy.

If you’re looking for a unique fair to visit during your trip, you can check out the CT Renaissance Faire in Lebanon. The Renaissance theme makes the experience much more unique. This event is kid friendly and provides a variety of events to go to. There’s archery demonstrations, jousting, armed combat, food, drinks, and so much more.

How’d We do?:

Let us know what places you like to visit in CT down in the comments!

Podcast Subscription

About the author

Noel Lorde

Leave a Comment