38 Things to do in Connecticut this October Last Updated 10/19
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3. Soar through the trees. Get a birds-eye view of the leaves in full foliage form during zipline tours at the Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport or HighFlyer Zipline at Foxwoods in Mashantucket.
6. Walk it out. Have fun while staying active by going on a Llama Walk, or by participating in one of the many fitness activities offered during Walktober. If you’re feeling competitive, sign up for the Eversource Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon.
Arts, Culture & Sports
9. See the screen. At the 2nd Annual Mystic Film Festival, you can watch the latest feature length and short form independent films.
12. Celebrate art. Meet talented artists and vendors at the 38th Annual Old Wethersfield Arts & Crafts Fair. And don't miss the unique art display at Florence Griswold Museum's annual outdoor Wee Faerie Village showcasing faerie-scaled creations.
Food and Drink Adventures
15. Follow the wine trail. If you haven’t already, grab your passport to Connecticut Farm Wineries and take in the scenic views at any of these Instagrammable vineyards and wineries.
16. Gather some garlic. If you’re a garlic lover, save your appetite for the 15th Annual Connecticut Garlic & Harvest Festival in Bethlehem.
18. Sample some chowda. Sample and judge chowder, soup and bisque from over 30 different award-winning cooks at Chowdafest in Westport, or indulge in traditional fair food while playing harvest-themed games at Chowder Days at Mystic Seaport Museum.
19. Eat apple pie. Get your hands on some delicious apple goodies at the 51st Annual Southington Harvest Festival. While you're there, enjoy live entertainment, contests, crafts, fireworks and a carnival.
20. Go pumpkin picking. Stop by any one of Connecticut’s farms and find yourself a perfect pumpkin to display or eat! If you don’t feel like driving, visit the Essex Steam Train, the Railroad Museum of New England or the Connecticut Trolley Museum for a ride there.
24. Fairs and firsts. Check out the 163rd Annual Harwinton Fair or the 110th Annual Riverton Fair for some wood-chopping, blacksmith shopping fun. Also this month, The Dinosaur Place becomes The Pumpkin Place with their first ever Halloween adventure.
26. Get into the Halloween spirit. Find some spooks on the Trail of Terror, at Lake Compounce's Haunted Graveyard, or at Spirits at Stowe: An Otherworldly Tour. You can also find some not-so-scary ways to celebrate.
27. Treat yourself to the spa. Visit any of Connecticut’s spas for a fall treatment to help ease your way into the new season.
28. Find some small-town charm. Stroll, shop, or dine in one of the state’s picturesque towns.
30. Visit the beach. It doesn’t have to be sunny for you to put your feet in the sand! Soak in the calming sound of the crashing waves on one of Connecticut’s beaches.
33. Visit a nature center. Stroll beautiful trails, view galleries, learn about the environment and see some animals when you visit the Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Meigs Point Nature Center on Hammonasset Beach, Roaring Brook Nature Center in Canton or the Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Pomfret.
34. Stay in a B&B. The Wallingford Victorian, Hidden Valley Bed & Breakfast, the Inn at Woodstock Hill, and Boardman House are all charming inns that give you a breathtaking view of the season’s foliage at its peak.
35. Cozy up by the fire. Enjoy a delicious fireside meal and cozy atmosphere at any of Connecticut’s restaurants with fireside dining.
37. Celebrate a milestone. Whether you’re celebrating 6 months or 50 years, Connecticut has great options for enjoying your special day.