Pumpkins are the harbinger of the harvest season, appearing every year as the first sign of autumn from pumpkin patches, to pumpkin trains, to Trader Joe's. So, in honor of National Pumpkin Day on October 26th we have rounded up 20 ways to get your pumpkin on in Connecticut.
1. Indulge in a triple scoop of pumpkin ice cream from Ferris Acres Creamery in Newtown, continually voted best ice cream in New England by Yankee Magazine, and for good reason.
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2. Indulge in pumpkin frozen yogurt, pumpkin spice fudge, pumpkin donut holes, pumpkin brownies, pumpkin crumb cake—pumpkin everything from Stew Leonard's in Newington, Danbury or Norwalk.
3. Visit Pumpkintown USA in East Hampton, where you’ll discover an entire town devised of, yes, pumpkins! Running September 23rd through Halloween, Pumpkintown is a non scary event with plenty of family activities.
4. La Fenice in Greenwich offers pumpkin gelato.
5. SoNo Baking Co. in Norwalk, Darien, and Westport offers decadent pumpkin treats. We suggest pairing a pumpkin muffin with a PSL.
6. Head to Pumpkinseed Hill Farm, aka Jones Family Farms in Shelton where you’ll savor every ounce of pumpkin season at the 25 acre generational pumpkin farm.
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7. Stuff your face with a pumpkin pie donut at Donut Crazy.
8. Pick your own pumpkins right off the vine at Warrup’s Farm in Redding.
9. Climb aboard a trolley at the Shoreline Trolley Museum or Connecticut Trolley Museum and head for the pumpkin patch where children are invited to select their very own pumpkin to take home.
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10. Grab a PSL from Zubach’s in New Canaan, Molten Java in Bethel, Las Vetas Lounge in Fairfield or Café Atlantique in Milford.11. Slingshot a pumpkin at Benedicts Home and Garden Center.
12. All Aboard the Pumpkin Patch Express! Train rides to the pumpkin patch are offered at the Railroad Museum of New England and The Danbury Railway Museum transporting passengers to the patch via a vintage railcar.
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13. Enjoy a horse-drawn hayride to the pumpkin patch at Bunnell Farm, a fifth generation family owned farm set in the picturesque town of Milton.
14. Pay a visit to Chip’s for Pumpkin Pancakes.
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15. Hitch a hayride at Rose Orchards in North Branford where the kiddos will squeal with delight as they discover “pumpkin head” (otherwise just a guy, with a carved jack-o-lantern on his head zipping around on a tractor, with his sidekick beagle) popping out along the chair. Totally not scary, just great fall fun.
16. Take a scenic ride along the trails at Westmoor Park, then roast marshmallows, decorate pumpkins, and enjoy the fall sunset on Friday evenings through the end of October.
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17. Hop on a hayride to the pumpkin patch on Fridays and Saturdays through Halloween a Sam Bridge Nursery to pick your own pumpkin and then paint your pumpkin inside the garden center.
18. Drive just over the border to Hudson River Valley for the spectacular Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze where you’ll walk through an elaborate display of more than 7000 hand-carved illuminated jack o’ lanterns.
19. Check out Rose’s Berry Farm in historic South Glastonbury for the best of fall: hay rides, apple picking and, of course, pumpkin picking. On Sundays, the farm offers breakfast, live music, and face painting.
20. Head to Easton for the quintessential fall in New England experience at Silverman’s Farm. If you can guess your pumpkin’s weight within two ounces, your pumpkin is free!