The Perfect New England Fall...is in Connecticut Last Updated: November 2023
New England is internationally recognized for having among the most spectacular fall foliage displays in the world — renowned for vibrant reds among the oranges and yellows. And in Connecticut, you can experience the quintessential New England fall, all within one state. From hiking, biking and ziplining, to craft breweries, pumpkin picking, corn mazes and everything in between, it’s all right here in Connecticut!
We’ve compiled a few of the more popular autumn activities below, so you can find fall faster.
Connecticut's the perfect place to find the most stunning foliage around. Whether you’re hiking, biking, picnicking, or cozying up with a blanket, here are some great spots to find knockout views for fall. You can even plan the perfect trip by following this foliage tracker!
If you want to leaf-peep road trip style, check out these scenic fall drives for gorgeous views and a little exploring. And for a romantic escape, you'll find plenty of charming inns and B&Bs with beautiful foliage views.
Explore the Farm
Whether it’s a family outing, an adventure with friends, or a cute daytime date, stopping in at a farm makes for an ideal fall day. Here are a few great spots where you can pick your own apples, visit pumpkin patches, escape corn mazes, or take home freshly baked fall treats. And if you want to snap some photos while you're at it, check out these Instagrammable pumpkin patches!
While the air is fresh and crisp, why not get out and get daring? From ziplining and kayaking, to hot air balloon rides and rail bikes, here are a few cool ideas for the thrill seekers. You’re even sure to find breathtaking foliage views while you adventure! Find more ideas for adrenaline here.
Fall is a great time for culinary adventures and comfort food! Whether you’re taking advantage of outdoor dining while the weather’s still nice or ready to settle in by the fire, Connecticut’s filled with amazing restaurants. Here are a few spots that are particularly cozy for autumn. For more ideas, check out the list of spots named best restaurants in the state or for a really unique experince, try dining in an old jail house, post office, train station and more at these repurposed dining spaces!
Visit Vineyards & Breweries
One great way to take in the fall season is tasting local wine and beer, especially if you can pair it with some leaf-peeping! Below are some vineyards and breweries that make for the perfect fall outing.
If you’re looking for fall frights, look no further. Since Connecticut is said to be one of the most haunted states in the country, you’ll find plenty of eerie places to ghost hunt (and hopefully spot a legendary apparition) or explore really scary attractions. And if you've got little ones, there are always some not-so-scary ways to enjoy the season. From ghost tours to paranormal museums to terrifying trails, here are a few of the state’s spookiest activities to get you in the Halloween spirit!