10 Fall Experiences You Just Can’t Have in the City Last Updated 9/19

The best parts of fall are simply unavailable in the city; no hills rolling with color, no apple orchards or pumpkin patches, and certainly no historic cider mills. Luckily, Connecticut has all of these and more, and it’s just a brief drive away. This short list is packed with everything from pumpkin picking to hot cider and corn mazes. Have a fall favorite we haven’t mentioned? Let us know @CTvisit. 

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See the Color from Every Side

There is just no better way to view the autumn foliage than by escaping to Connecticut. And you can see it here from land, sea and air. Hike Hidden Valley Preserve in Washington. Fly high over the trees at Berkshire Balloons in Plainville. Glide along the Connecticut River and watch the leaves change from the deck of the RiverQuest in Haddam. Or if you have a desire for the extreme can enjoy an up-close glimpse at the fall foliage at Skydive Danielson in Danielson. 

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Source a New Craft Brew

Looking to discover a new craft beer with a view? Connecticut breweries are home to innovative tasting rooms and facilities open to tours. From Thomas Hooker in Bloomfield to Black Hog in Oxford, there is no shortage of Connecticut breweries. Located in a historic tavern, These Guys Brewing in Norwich pairs their brews with an ever-evolving seasonal menu for a true experience. Two Roads Brewing in Stratford offers beer to go and tours of their brewery and a tasting room. Down on the shoreline, head to Thimble Island Brewing in Branford. 

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Harvest Your Own Apples

Nothing says fall in Connecticut like picking your own apples. Ellsworth Hill Orchard & Berry Farm in Sharon offers an unforgettable experience, complete with a wagon ride and pick-your-own seasonal fruit. With a five-acre animal farm and a country store, Silverman’s Farm in Easton is the perfect family-friendly destination, while Glastonbury’s Belltown Hill Orchards have a farm market and bakery right on site.

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Find Your Way Out of a Maze

Challenge yourself in a labyrinth of corn at Plasko's Farm in Trumbull or pumpkins at The Farm in Woodbury. For the brave hearted, try the maze at Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm in Sterling after sunset for a spooky adventure. For the younger of your crew, try the additional mini maze at Fort Hill Farms in Thompson for a pint-size adventure. 

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Take in the Autumn Colors

Breathe in fresh air while taking a hike in the hills of Connecticut. Try Talcott Mountain State Park in Simsbury for a view of the Farmington Valley, or perhaps Giuffrida Park in Meriden for glimpse of Crescent Lake. For a peaceful walk head to Haley Farm State Park in Groton or to add a scenic attraction, Kent Falls State Park in Kent is perfect.

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Sip Cider in the Countryside

Autumn in Connecticut isn’t complete without great apple cider. Produced by the last steam-powered cider mill in America, cider at B.F. Clyde’s Cider Mill in Mystic is a classic. Warm up with hot mulled cider at Hogans Cider Mill in Burlington and take home a few treats. For adults only, hit Spoke + Spy Ciderworks in Middletown or New England Cider Company in Wallingford for a crisp hard cider.  Also, in East Haddam, delight your tastebuds at Yankee Cider Barn.

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Soar above the Canopy

Gain new meaning to enjoying the fall foliage. Savor the colors while zipping through the tree tops at EMPOWER in Middletown, Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport, HighFlyer Zipline at Foxwoods or Nomad’s Outdoor Adventure in South Windsor. For a more personalized experience, head to Chester Charter in Chester for a private plane sightseeing tour. If you’re feeling more luxurious or romantic, Mooney Time in Woodbury specializes in hot-air balloon champagne flights over the Litchfield Hills. 

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Pick a Pumpkin

One of the most iconic symbols of fall is a nice orange pumpkin. Whether you intend to carve a face or leave as is, nothing beats going out to the field and picking your own. Plan an outing to Lyman Orchards in Middlefield, Rose’s Berry Farm in South Glastonbury or The Pickin Patch at Woodford Farm in Avon. Looking to add a wagon ride to your pumpkin adventure? Scott’s Yankee Farmer in East Lyme is for you!

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Find a Fall Festival

With a variety of events from town fairs to fall fests, Connecticut gives you so many ways to make the most of the season. The Durham Fair represents an old-time country fair in a typical New England village every September. In October, have some old fashioned, family-fun at the Apple Harvest Festival in Litchfield. Bethlehem holds their annual Garlic & Harvest Festival in October, too, and just in time for Halloween, the Great Pumpkin Festival takes place in Putnam, filled with family-friendly activities and live music. Of course, the weekly Coventry Farmer’s Market goes throughout October, so there’s always a seasonal celebration going on.

 

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Dig for Dinosaurs

Whether you have young explorers in your crew or a passion for dinosaurs, Connecticut in the fall is the ultimate dinosaur destination. Visiting Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill allows you to go back in time to when dinos ruled the Earth. To follow in pre-historic footsteps, take the Connecticut Dinosaur Trail through the state. For a dinosaur-filled adventure, make your way to The Dinosaur Place in Montville or the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford for an in-depth look at what Earth was like 66 million years ago. 

No matter what time of year you visit Connecticut, set the Season Selector to fall and find even more great ideas for family fun!