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Favorite Fall Festivities

Favorite Fall Festivities in Hartford, CT

Who doesn’t love Connecticut in the fall? With summer quickly coming to an end, it’s time to look forward to all of the fun autumn activities you can enjoy with friends and family. Of course, anyone who lives in or has visited Connecticut during the fall season knows that the state’s fall foliage is second to none. With gorgeous leaves and cooler temperatures around the corner, take a look at the following nine suggestions for planning the perfect fall weekend.

Take In the Fall Color

The leaves of oaks, maples, sweet gums, and more come alive in autumn, turning into blazing shades of gold, red, and burgundy. The northern reaches of the state peak first in early October with the lower Connecticut River Valley taking its turn nearly a month later. Enjoy the gorgeous vistas at state parks, a backroad drive, or a boat trip down the Connecticut River.

Pick Your Own Apples

What’s more fun than taking the family to an apple orchard where you can pick your own apples to make pies, cider, caramel apples, and more? If baking isn’t your thing, pick up some pre-made goodies in any number of apple orchards open to the public tucked around the state.

Visit a Pumpkin Patch

Fall and Halloween go hand in hand, and with a trip to a pumpkin patch, you’ll be able to pick the perfect pumpkin for your jack-o-lantern. There are several pumpkin patches throughout the state offering fun activities for the kids like pumpkin painting, trolley rides, assorted pumpkin-flavored baked goods, and more.

Get Spooked in a Haunted House

After you carve your jack-o-lantern, it’s time to sample the spookier side of Halloween with a trip to a haunted house. Connecticut residents love a scary haunted house filled with zombies, ghosts, and creatures of the night, and you’ll have no problem finding one guaranteed to scare you nearly to death.

Wander through a Corn Maze

An old-fashioned fun time suitable for everyone. Connecticut farms go all out as they design more and more elaborate mazes complete with clues, to mazes open at night that you’ll need a flashlight and courage to find your way out.

Go Hiking

Pick a park close to you and get a little exercise while enjoying the crisp air and beautiful fall color.

Go Antiquing

Connecticut is booming with antique shops, but none is better known than the Connecticut Antiques Trail. With more than 60 shops offering collectibles from the 1770s to 20th century mid-century modern, you’ll find something to treasure here.

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