Fall in Connecticut is pretty amazing. If you have been born and raised here and haven’t experienced other parts of the country’s fall season, take my word, the fall here will rival anywhere else. Fall foliage tours are at their best, having the opportunity to pick and then eat your own delectable apple, watching apple cider being made and then drinking those first cups are all just a few fun fall events in this great state. Going on those leaf peeping tours are at the top of most everyone’s list, of course. I will highlight, in another blog, several scenic drives, but we should not stop there. Connecticut offers so much more. What about going to a haunted house or the Mystic Pirate Invasion in Mystic. Intrigued? Want to add these types of things to your Connecticut fall events to do list? I know I do!
Wandering through a corn maze, rather for adults or children, is a perfect way to spend a glorious day in CT. Many of the mazes offer both day and night tours. Some even have haunted tours as Halloween draws closer. One of the closest mazes is at Lyman Orchards in Middlefield. It’s an outing from September 2 to November 5th and it is absolutely unforgettable. The maze offers two miles of pathways, complete with corn cops to guide you, if necessary. While in this maze, you will come across an opportunity to go back in time ninety years when Colonel Charles Lindbergh climbed into his monoplane and took the first solo transatlantic flight to Paris, France. Here in the midst of the maze, a chance to visit this place is at your disposal. This particular farm in Middlefield has also been voted the Best of 2017 as the Best Farm in CT. Picking your own apples and pumpkins, taking pony rides, riding on horse drawn wagon rides, and eating a piece of CT fresh fruit pie certainly spells a day filled with fun and a desire to visit again.
Spending a day at a fall festival offering caramel apples, face painting, bands playing, scarecrow activities, arts and crafts, horse rides, and other rides, plus even kettle corn is what can be found at many of the festivals in the area. Mystic Seaport is one that offers all of these activities plus it offers the chowderfest at the same exact time. Those chowder or bisque days, are from October 7 to October 9 this year. Definitely time to indulge in a hot bowl of chowder or bisque, top it off with mulled cider, maybe a fresh lobster roll, and a just made apple fritter. Ahhhh….I can’t wait.
The Great Outdoors
Perhaps getting away from the crowds is on your list and you might want to get just a little exercise at the same time. What better way to carry out these wishes than going biking and or hiking at Hammonasset State Park in Madison. This park offers over two miles of beach to hike and bike. Once that part of the day is over and you have taken in moments of solitude with fantastic scenery, it will be time to hit a farmers’ market. Stocking up on fresh fruits, vegetables, homemade soaps, pastries, and jams will prove simple. Most all towns have farmers markets running currently and through October.
Savor an afternoon tea or a Sunday brunch with Lady Katharine Cruises on the CT river and which depart from Middletown. Enjoy a delicious brunch on most Sundays, while you also enjoy entertainment and autumn vistas. Another no miss is the Lavender Farm in Killingworth. Take a picnic lunch and enjoy the lavender garden where fall is starting all ready to change the colors up. What a beautiful and calming sight to behold.
Connecticut is home to a number of Halloween attractions. These can be both family-friendly or geared more to adults with very spooky happenings and perhaps some are even destined to be designed for those of you are daring thrill seekers. From the haunted houses to haunted hay rides, cemetery walks complete with ghost sightings, spook walks, zombies to visit… ghosts, ghouls, and apparitions make their presences known in the most unexpected ways. For those interested in eerie talks and settings of various mood grasping locales, check out haunted houses. Beware is the key word here. All adults might want to invest in the time to visit Haunted Isle. See you have been warned. No blog would be complete, however, if this venue wasn’t covered. Legend has it that somewhere in the woods at the end of the trolley ride, out of East Haven, will be experiences that are beyond ghosty. The trolley will carry you down the tracks which is about a five-minute ride, the doors will creak open and the trolley, in the midst of the dark woodland path, will continue on its way, but without you. Then you enter into the gates. I think they will come back and pick you up. I think. I hope…or am I just hopefully inferring??? More information can be found about this on shorelinetrolley.org
One other fall events that is a no miss event for families is the Pirate Invasion in Mystic. Avast me, hearties!! Hear ye, Hear ye!! Let it be known that from September 29th through October 1st an imminent threat of pirates will be at the fair port of Mystic. Mystic Pirate Invasion is seriously an invasion where the streets are filled with scalawags, and one-eyed rascals all putting on a show and you become an integral part of it. Adults and children can participate in scavenger hunts all around the town of Mystic. You will be searching for goodies and gold coins. Treasure maps are available in the downtown businesses. Costume contests are held in the park for all ages so be prepared and wear your best pirate threads. Strolling through the streets, participating at watering holes, which will cater to all ages and eateries will let you enjoy the pirate themed food. Be a little cautious though, groups of shanty singing pirates might just want a bite too. Pirates will invade each day at noon. And, then, the militia will arrive on October 1st, at noon, to save the day and the town. This is an event not to be missed.
Other Fun Fall Events To-Do
Traveling into Hartford gives the family a great day at the Mark Twain home. Not only are the grounds manicured beautifully for fall but the home is a delight for all ages to visit complete with Living History tours, led by historic characters in period dress. There is also a haunted rendition to the house tour which many enjoy. In fact, ghostly spirits and stories supposedly abound in the Mark Twain House. Currently, throughout this fall, you can also enter the Clue game, a very wacky tour where you play along with Twain’s beloved characters and experience an hour long interactive tour complete with murder, mayhem, and merriment. Did Becky Thatcher, who was just seen sitting in in the library, really have a revolver? Hmmmm!!!
One other site that presents itself in all its wonderment is the Wee Faerie Village at the Florence Griswold Museum
in Old Lyme. This is the ninth year for visitors of all ages to explore over thirty handcrafted, Faerie sized buildings nestled throughout the thirteen acres fall-colored historic site. This event starts on September 30 and will run through October 29. Truly a unique area to explore and relish.
A great website to see what all this shoreline and beyond offers in the way of fall events, go to funtober.com. This site provides an abundance of information. There are numerous craft fairs, festivals, garlic festivals, art fairs, oyster and apple fairs, beer fests and Oktoberfests. Oh my!!! Fall events way too numerous to cover in this blog, but nevertheless, so many wonderful events that will offer the opportunity to experience fall in all its finery.
So from family interactions to cruises, fall foliage to add to the settings, haunted atmospheres, and markets, Connecticut has to win the prize for fall at its very best. I hope you enjoy it all and please share your own fall events favorites in the comments. We love to hear from you!