50 Fun Things to Do This Fall in Connecticut

Fun Things to Do With Kids This Autumn in Connecticut

Making leaf piles to jump in, finding that perfect pumpkin, going on fall hikes, driving through "leaf showers," going apple picking, getting lost in corn mazes, going to Fall Festivals and carnivals, and let's not forget Halloween - so much fall fun in CT! Here's a list based upon our ever popular 120 Things to Do with Kids in Connecticut Before They Grow Up. It's filled with great places to visit and fun things to do all over the state this fall. 

1. Visit Mystic; it's fun anytime of the year. The sea lion show at the Mystic Aquarium is particularly entertaining. While in the area make sure to hit up the fun shops in Olde Mistick Village.
2. Experience a replicated Algonkian Village at the Institute of American Indian Studies.
3. Meet friendly costumed animal characters along the Enchanted Forest candlelit trail during this non-scary event at the Audubon Society in Sharon.
4. Relax, and take a step back in time in a restored vintage 1920s train coach while taking a 20-mile round trip ride on the Naugatuck Railroad from Thomaston Railroad Museum of New England.
5. Go see a show at the art deco Warner Theater in Torrington built in 1931.
6. Explore New England’s woodland environment at Roaring Brook Nature Center.
7. Create a wooden sculpture in Village Center for the Arts in New Milford’s Drop In Artist Studio. Clay building and paint-your-own pottery is also available.
8. Enjoy a concert at the Ridgefield Playhouse – check their website for a list of performers.
9. Check out the exhibits at the Children's Museum in West Hartford.

10. Go for a mellow scenic 10 mile family bike ride starting at the Kent Boarding School, winding along an Indian Reservation and the Appalachian Trial before reaching Bulls Bridge, one of the few working covered bridges in CT. Check out the beautiful and powerful waterfall while there.
11. Find your pumpkin at Angevine Pumpkin Patch in Warren.
12. Pick your own apples at Beardsley’s Cider Mill and Orchard in Shelton, CT. and one of these other great orchards.
13. See one of the amazing productions at the Bridgeport Theatre.
14. Be a spectator at the annual Thanksgiving Parade in Stamford – complete with floats and enormous balloons.
15. Go apple picking at Karabin Farms.

16. Visit the Danbury Railway Museum which offers history lessons, train rides (seasonal) and hands on learning.  Fun for train fanatics and their parents! 
17. Eat apple fritters at the Southington Apple Harvest.
18. Check out the vintage cars at a gathering of the Caffeine and Carburetors Club in New Canaan – six Sunday morning throughout the year – check their website for dates and times.
19. Enjoy a hayride at Warrup's Farm in Redding.
20. Head to Bridgeport to check out the PT Barnum Museum. Learn about the famed circus, its creator, and many of its famous performers.

21. Gaze in awe at the Hot Air Balloon Festival.
22. Dress up and enjoy a show at the Bushnell Memorial Theater.
23. Smell the roses at Elizabeth Park’s rose garden.
24. Go pumpkin picking at Scott's Yankee Farmer in Gales Ferry.
25.  Let your imagination run wild at the Imagine Nation Museum.
26. Spend the day playing in the Treehouse Arcade while the parents win cash at Foxwoods Casino.
27. Learn about the prehistoric times at Dinosaur State Park.
28. Go to  Beardsley Zoo, CT's only zoo!

29. Check out a fun exhibit at the CT Science Center.
30. Take a hike and check out these scenic waterfalls.
31. Get your pumpkin at the absolutely unforgettable Pumpkintown U.S.A.
32. Try not to get lost in one of Connecticut's awesome corn mazes.
33. Enjoy some not-so-scary Halloween fun in Fairfield or Hartford.
34. Come out to Old Wethersfield and attend CornFest
35. Take a ride in the Nutmeg state to see the amazing fall foliage.
36. Travel back in time to the Medieval ages at the Connecticut Renaissance Fair.
37. Put on your fairie wings and check out the Florence Griswold Museum's delightful Wee Fairie Village.
38. Explore what is in a pond in the autumn at the Pond Exploration at the Conn. Audubon.
39. View the sky with the free Star Party at the White Memorial Conservation Center.
40. Come with the family to Bristol's annual Mum Festival.
41. Go apple picking and then apple baking with apples from Lyman Orchards.
42. Enjoy a corn maze or a hay maze at the Fair Weather Acres Fall Festival and Corn Maze.
43. Celebrate Autumn's arrival at the Great Pumpkin Festival.
44. Create a family masterpiece at Muse Paintbar.
45. Take your little pilot to the New England Air Museum for an open cockpit day.
46. Hang out for a while at Soarin' Indoors indoor rope course.
47. Take a hayride at the Lutz Museum's annual Farm Day at Fish Family Farm.
48. Close out the drive-in movie season with 'Reel Nostalgia' at the Southington Drive-in.
49. Come out to the annual Touch a Truck Event hosted by Troop 115.
50. Try some hot and spicy chili at the Richman Chili Challenge in Simsbury.

Originally published: 9-3-2-16  
Photos: lawlor, Coe, Martindale

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Mystic Aquarium
55 Coogan Blvd
06355 Mystic , CT 41° 22' 23.7576" N, 71° 57' 11.3724" W
Connecticut
Inst. of Native American Studies
38 Curtis Rd
06793 Washington , CT 41° 36' 38.4012" N, 73° 19' 30.7056" W
Connecticut
Children's Museum
950 Trout Brook Avenue
06119 West Htfd , CT 41° 45' 43.0344" N, 72° 44' 12.6564" W
Connecticut
Warner Theater
68 Main Street
06790 Torrington , CT 41° 48' 6.4728" N, 73° 7' 16.0536" W
Connecticut
Roaring Brook Nature Center
70 Gracey Rd
06019 Canton , CT 41° 50' 29.0292" N, 72° 52' 54.5664" W
Connecticut
Village Center for the Performing Arts
12 Main Street
06776 New Milford , CT 41° 34' 40.9584" N, 73° 24' 37.0368" W
Connecticut
Ridgefield Playhouse
80 E Ridge Road
06877 Ridgefield , CT 41° 16' 56.1432" N, 73° 29' 34.494" W
Connecticut
Angevine Pumpkin Patch
40 Angevine Road
06754 Warren , CT 41° 43' 33.3768" N, 73° 19' 33.276" W
Connecticut
Danbury Railroad Museum
120 White Street
06810 Danbury , CT 41° 23' 52.5192" N, 73° 26' 59.676" W
Connecticut
Karabin Farms
89 Andrews Street
06489 Southington , CT 41° 35' 58.1928" N, 72° 49' 48.4644" W
Connecticut
Caffeine and Carburetors
77 Pine Street
06840 New Canaan , CT 41° 8' 39.1308" N, 73° 29' 53.4624" W
Connecticut
Warrups Farm
11 John Read Rd
06896 Redding , CT 41° 19' 24.2508" N, 73° 23' 1.9752" W
Connecticut
PT Barnum Museum
820 Main Street
06604 Bridgeport , CT 41° 10' 32.3904" N, 73° 11' 17.358" W
Connecticut
Beardsley's Cider Mill
278 Leavenworth Road
06484 Shelton , CT 41° 20' 0.4308" N, 73° 9' 2.5092" W
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Kent Boarding School
1 Macedonia Road
06757 Kent , CT 41° 43' 36.8796" N, 73° 28' 56.766" W
Connecticut
Bushnell Theater
166 Capitol Avenue
06106 Hartford , CT 41° 45' 46.0728" N, 72° 40' 49.2924" W
Connecticut
DInosaur State Park
400 West Street
06067 Rocky Hill , CT 41° 39' 6.48" N, 72° 39' 23.2776" W
Connecticut
Elizabeth Park
1561 Asylum Road
06117 Hartford , CT 41° 46' 34.5576" N, 72° 43' 5.3544" W
Connecticut
Imagine Nation
1 Pleasant Street
06010 Bristol , CT 41° 40' 11.8164" N, 72° 56' 44.9448" W
Connecticut
Beardsley Zoo
1875 Noble Avenue
06610 bridgeport , CT 41° 12' 31.9284" N, 73° 11' 1.9176" W
Connecticut
Pumpkintown USA
93 East High Street
06424 East Hampton , CT 41° 35' 15.9108" N, 72° 29' 36.9348" W
Connecticut
CT Science Center
250 Columbus Blvd
06103 Hartford , CT 41° 45' 53.2476" N, 72° 40' 7.7736" W
Connecticut
Nathan Hale Homestead
2299 South Street
06238 Coventry , CT 41° 45' 51.4188" N, 72° 20' 45.69" W
Connecticut
Farmington Mini GOlf
1048 Farmington Avenue
06032 Farmington , CT 41° 44' 6.9396" N, 72° 50' 15.9288" W
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Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street
06371 Old Lyme , CT 41° 19' 32.5452" N, 72° 19' 36.6708" W
Connecticut
Scott's Yankee Farmer
436 Boston Post Rd
06333 Gales Ferry , CT 41° 24' 20.592" N, 72° 4' 35.1156" W
Connecticut
New England Air Musem
Fair Weather Acres
Soarin' Indoors
Fish Family Farm
Southington Twin Drive-In Theater
Lyman Orchards
32 Reeds Gap Road
06455 Middlefield , CT 41° 29' 50.0388" N, 72° 42' 53.1" W
Connecticut
New England Air Museum
36 Perimeter Road
06096 Windsor Locks , CT 41° 56' 49.4916" N, 72° 41' 27.7548" W
Connecticut
White Memoial Conservation Center
80 Whitehall Road
06759 Litchfield , CT 41° 42' 55.8432" N, 73° 12' 56.1456" W
Connecticut
Southington Twin Drive-In Theater
995 Meriden-Waterbury Tpke
06052 Southington , CT 41° 33' 54.8352" N, 72° 52' 48.306" W
Connecticut
Sourin Indoors
422 North Main Street
06042 Manchester , CT 41° 47' 44.0664" N, 72° 31' 46.1172" W
Connecticut
Fair Weather Acres
1146 Cromwell Avenue
06067 Rocky Hill , CT 41° 38' 21.3468" N, 72° 40' 33.5208" W
Connecticut