Fall is a dazzling season. The colors, the bracing nip in the air, and time slipping into winter sends everybody looking for ways to optimize the outdoors.
Here’s a county-wise list of exciting happenings; a timetable to enjoy Fall to the utmost.
Stamford Museum and Nature Center
October 19 and 20th is the celebration of the Harvest Festival. Dress up and participate in the Costume Parade. www.stamfordmuseum.org
Jones Family farm – Shelton
This 150-year-old farm provides a picturesque experience for the entire family. Pick-your-own apples and pumpkins, hayrides, Christmas trees. Visit the Farm Winery Tasting Room and the Harvest Kitchen Studio. www.jonesfamilyfarms.com
Danbury Railway Museum
View exhibits of vintage locomotives, ride the rails and shop at the gift shop. http://www.danburyrail.org
The Adventure Park – Bridgeport
This new “aerial forest rope park,” features challenging zip lines and bridges between platforms at different heights.
The Glass House
This National Trust Historic Site honors the legacy of Philip Johnson (1906-2005) and David Whitney (1939-2005).
Biking the Quiet Corner
The 25 mile CANTERBURY/SCOTLAND LOOP in the Last Green Valley (between the Quinebaug and Shetucket rivers), and is a bikers’ paradise.
Lake of Isles – North Stonington
Golfing with a view. The ultimate golf experience with spellbinding vistas from every hole of the two Rees Jones designed championship golf courses. http://www.lakeofisles.com
Celebrations Gallery & Shoppes – Pomfret
Named the No.1 Art Gallery by Yankee Magazine, Celebrations Gallery & Shoppes offers a constantly refreshed collection of local art.
Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center – Mashantucket
Scenes of living history are depicted with life-size exhibits, dramatic films and interactive computer programs. An educative experience for the entire family. http://www.pequotmuseum.org
Creamery Brook Bison Farm – Brooklyn
This rustic 110-acre working farm is home to 150 plains bison that are tame and confident enough to come close to the tractors, which transport visitors to view them. http://www.creamerybrookbison.net/
NEW HAVEN COUNTY
Peabody Museum of Natural History – New Haven
There is free admission on Thursday afternoons from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., September through June. http://www.peabody.yale.edu/
Castle Craig – Meriden
The observation tower at 1,002 feet affords views of Long Island Sound to the south, the Berkshires to the west, and Massachusetts to the north.
Sleeping Giant State Park – Hamden
The mountaintop resembling a sleeping giant gives this park its name. Attractions include picnicking, a Trout Park, hiking and nature trails, and a lookout tower. www.stateparks.com/sleeping_giant.html
Milford Point Coastal Center – Milford
Observe the stunning scenery change to fall via a canoe excursion through the salt marshes. www.ctaudubon.org/coastal-center-at-milford-point
Chauncey Peak – Meriden
The trek to the peak at Giufridda Park is one of the best short hikes in Connecticut. The ridge offers indescribable views of Crescent Lake, and to the south and north as well. alltrails.com/trail/us/connecticut/chauncey-peak-trail
Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce – Bristol
Rustle up some spooks and scares at this fun amusement park. www.hauntedgraveyard.com
The Connecticut Antiques Trail – Woodbury
Go antique hunting for autumn accents along the famed trail that has its south end in this quaint, picturesque hamlet. https://www.google.com/#q=ct+antique+trail&revid=152992477
Witch’s Dungeon Classic Movie Museum – Bristol
Thrill your senses by viewing a classic silent horror film.
Lee’s Riding Stable – Litchfield
A horseback ride along the gentle hills is a wonderful way of enjoying the beautiful fall scenery. http://www.windfieldmorganfarm.com/lees.html
Kent Falls State Park – Kent
Hike the famous, unique falls and view the beautiful covered bridge.
Annual Haunted Mini Golf Fundraiser – Farmington
Halloween hysteria! Golf with wicked witches and spooky skeletons; Oct. 17-20, 24-27. http://findlocal.ctnow.com/listings/fourth-annual-haunted-miniature-golf…
Put on your literary hat at The Mark Twain House & Museum’s and the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center’s exciting fall workshops.
Berlin Fair – October 4 to 6.
One of Connecticut’s largest agricultural fairs is in its 65th year. A typical event that fulfills your expectations of food, entertainment, and exhibits.
Southington Apple Harvest
October 4-6 and October 11-13. Enjoy carnival rides, fireworks on the first Saturday, entertainment, a variety of food vendors, contests, a parade and arts & craft booths.
October 18-20 from 10-5 pm at Riverfront Park with rides and food open late until 10 pm. The festival features live music, 150 craft booths, a pie eating contest and bakeoff, amusement rides, pony rides, and family entertainment.
Gillette Castle – East Haddam
This eccentric castle, visible from the Connecticut River, stands in a state park offering spectacular fall river views. www.stateparks.com/gillette_castle.html
Essex Steam Train – Essex
Be dazzled by riding the vintage train into forests of stunning red, orange and yellow foliage. www.essexsteamtrain.com/
Empower Leadership Sports and Adventure Center – Middletown.
Embark with your nearest and dearest to an adrenaline pumping adventures Try the Zip Line Canopy Tour, Map & Compass Scavenger Hunt and the Tree Climb Adventures. http://www.leadershipsports.com/
Lyman’s Orchards – Middlefield.
Pick your own apples, and pumpkins. Cross the corn maze, take hayrides, pick up goodies from the bakeshop. www.lymanorchards.com/
Allegra Farm – East Haddam
the largest authentic “livery stable,” in Connecticut, is focused on those wishing to travel back in time. The restored vintage horse drawn carriages, wagons and equipment take you on a romantic journey around Lake Hayward and the fall scenery. www.allegrafarm.com
Natchaug State Forest – Ashford and Eastford
Its 13,000 acres are crossed by the Natchaug River from North to South. Hike the CCC Loop and Natchaug Trail. Go Horseback riding and Camping.
Quiet Corner country roads diverge into pastoral byways, historic landmarks, individual stores and gourmet restaurants. http://www.visitpomfret.com/
The heart of Connecticut’s Quiet Corner. A town of “Vintage Feel, Modern Appeal.” http://www.putnamct.us/
Explore Woodstock Antiques, crafts, florists, produce, furniture,
lodging, services, events and much more. http://www.explorewoodstock.com/
The town consists of four villages: Plainfield, Moosup, Wauregan and Central Village. Each village has their own respective Post Office and fire department.
Scantic Valley Farm – Somers
The huge 8-acre corn maze and its 3 miles of trails provide plenty of opportunities to get lost, hide and trace your way out. www.scanticvalleyfarm.com
Stafford Motor Speedway – Stafford
Experience the thrill of the raceway, and view spectacular fall at the same time. http://staffordmotorspeedway.com/
Nathan Hale Homestead – Coventry
Visit the historic home of this true American hero who wished only to give up his life for his country over and over again. http://www.ctlandmarks.org/index.php?page=nathan-hale-homestead
Gay City Park – Hebron
1,500 acres offer opportunities for outdoor fun. Explore extinct mill town ruins, cycle, hike, picnic, fish and swim amidst fall splendor. www.stateparks.com/gay_city.html
Halloween Boo Bash – Vernon
Vernon Teen Center makes Halloween special for the little ones (3-10 years). An afternoon of fun and safe activities includes a stroll down trick-or-treat aisle, games, candy and giveaways.
Saturday, Oct. 26th , from 3:00-4:15 p.m.