Find Fall Favorites in Central Connecticut Last Updated: February 2021

From vibrant foliage and farm stands to pick your own apples and pumpkins, Central Connecticut does fall right. It’s the perfect time of year to immerse yourself in classic New England experiences, and Hartford and New Haven counties make it easy to do them all, in a short amount of time. Here are a few of the most popular fall activities and attractions you can enjoy safely this year.

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Go Leaf Peeping

Whether by bike, car, boat or on foot, the best way to experience the fall foliage in Central Connecticut is just to get out there and look around.  In Central Connecticut, the leaves typically start to change color in early October and continue through early November. You can check our “Foliage Finder” for the latest predictions.

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Visit a Small Town

Connecticut’s quaint small towns have so much charm, they’re perfect for strolling, shopping and dining. Depending where you travel in the state, there’s an inviting and picturesque town waiting for you. Essex is a Revolutionary-era town on the edge of the Connecticut River where you’ll find so much to see and do.

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Head out to the Farm

Fall in Connecticut means apple picking, pumpkin hunting and corn mazes. And you can find all of these activities and more at one of Connecticut’s “pick-your-own” farms! Lyman Orchards in Middlefield is just one of dozens of farms around the state where the whole family can make the most of fall!

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Have a Sleepover

Central Connecticut has so many stunning and historic hotels and inns. Wake up on the water at seaside accommodations like Saybrook Point Resort & Marina in Old Saybrook, Water’s Edge Resort & Spa in Westbrook, or the Madison Beach Hotel. Or stay amongst rich history and book an overnight in a historic inn such as the Bevin House B&B in East Hampton, or the Chester Bulkley House B&B in Old Wethersfield.

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Get Some Culture

Fall is also a great time to visit Connecticut’s larger cities. In fact, New Haven in the fall is bustling, especially when the students come back to the Yale University campus. And with so many museums and amazing food within walking distance, it’s a great destination and a great excuse to try what is often considered America’s #1 pizza at Frank Pepe’s.