Hug a tree—it's losing its leaves! Photo courtesy of New Canaan Nature Center
Hug a tree—it's losing its leaves! Photo courtesy of New Canaan Nature Center

50 Fun Things to Do This Fall in Connecticut

Taking hikespicking apples, exploring corn mazes, going to a fall festival, finding that perfect pumpkin, and celebrating all things spooky and sweet on Halloween...there's so much fall fun in Connecticut! Here's a list based upon our ever-popular 100 Things to Do with Kids in Connecticut Before They Grow Up, but themed around busy, beautiful autumn. It's filled with great places to visit and fun things to do for families all over the state. For even more ideas to make the most of the season, check our Connecticut Fall Fun Guide.

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. Take in some nature as he leaves turn at one of the Connecticut Audubon Society location. Each one is different!

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.

Get greeted by the giant whale at the Children’s Museum in West Hartford. Photo courtesy of Visit CT

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. Snuggle into a cozy chair at one of these awesome tea rooms all across Connecticut.

15. Go apple picking at Karabin Farms.

Apples, animals, pumpkins and more are waiting to be discovered 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. Take the kiddos to IT Adventure Ropes Course to burn off some steam from school. 

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.

Plainville is home to an annual Hot Air Balloon Festival.

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 early-fall 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!

Connecticut Science Center is all about hands-on learning. Photo courtesy of Connecticut Office of Tourism

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. Gaze at the amazing (14 acres!) sunflower maze at Buttonwood Farm.

35. Take a ride in the Nutmeg state to see the amazing fall foliage.

36. Learn all about Connecticut's most famous author at the Mark Twain Museum in Hartford.

37. See the chickens (lots and lots of chickens) and the other animals at Flamig Farm

38. Explore what is in a pond in the autumn at the Pond Exploration at the Conn. Audubon.

39. Go bounce off the walls at Launch Trampoline Park.

40. Attend a Friday night Nerf Battle at AMParkour in New Britain. 

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 Corn Maze.

43. Take an art class at Connecticut Art School in South Windsor.

44. Create a family masterpiece at Muse Paintbar.

Take a "ride" on Cockpit Day at New England Air Museum. Photo courtesy of the museum

45. Take your little pilot to the New England Air Museum to check out the amazing historical airplanes.

46. Jump in a boat with the whole family with Collinsville Canoe.

47. Take in the amazing world of the Connecticut Native Americans at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum.

48. Close out the drive-in movie season with at the Southington Drive-in.

49. Take a fall trolley ride and pick out your favorite pumpkin too at the Connecticut Trolley Museum.

50. Take a driving tour and visit some of our Connecticut's very own lighthouses.

Originally published September 3, 2016

Mystic Aquarium
55 Coogan Blvd
Mystic, CT 06355

Inst. of Native American Studies
38 Curtis Rd
Washington, CT 06793

Children's Museum
950 Trout Brook Avenue
West Htfd, CT 06119

Warner Theater
68 Main Street
Torrington, CT 06790

Roaring Brook Nature Center
70 Gracey Rd
Canton, CT 06019

Village Center for the Performing Arts
12 Main Street
New Milford, CT 06776

Ridgefield Playhouse
80 E Ridge Road
Ridgefield, CT 06877

Angevine Pumpkin Patch
40 Angevine Road
Warren, CT 06754

Danbury Railroad Museum
120 White Street
Danbury, CT 06810

Karabin Farms
89 Andrews Street
Southington, CT 06489

Warrups Farm
11 John Read Rd
Redding, CT 06896

PT Barnum Museum
820 Main Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604

Beardsley's Cider Mill
278 Leavenworth Road
Shelton, CT 06484

Kent Boarding School
1 Macedonia Road
Kent , CT 06757

Bushnell Theater
166 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106

DInosaur State Park
400 West Street
Rocky Hill, CT 06067

Elizabeth Park
1561 Asylum Road
Hartford, CT 06117

Imagine Nation
1 Pleasant Street
Bristol, CT 06010

Beardsley Zoo
1875 Noble Avenue
bridgeport, CT 06610

Pumpkintown USA
93 East High Street
East Hampton, CT 06424

CT Science Center
250 Columbus Blvd
Hartford, CT 06103

Nathan Hale Homestead
2299 South Street
Coventry, CT 06238

Farmington Mini GOlf
1048 Farmington Avenue
Farmington , CT 06032

Scott's Yankee Farmer
436 Boston Post Rd
Gales Ferry, CT 06333

Lyman Orchards
32 Reeds Gap Road
Middlefield, CT 06455

New England Air Museum
36 Perimeter Road
Windsor Locks, CT 06096

White Memoial Conservation Center
80 Whitehall Road
Litchfield, CT 06759

Southington Twin Drive-In Theater
995 Meriden-Waterbury Tpke
Southington, CT 06052

Fair Weather Acres
1146 Cromwell Avenue
Rocky Hill, CT 06067

91 Brainard Rd
Hartford, CT 06114

Buttonwood Farm
473 Shetucket Turnpike
Griswold, CT 06351

Mark Twain House
351 Farmington Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105

IT Adventure Indoor Ropes Course
40 Sargent Drive, Long Wharf
New Haven , CT

Mashantucket Museum and Research Center
110 Pequot Trail
Mashantucket, CT

Collinsville Canoe
41 Bridge Street
Collinsville, CT 06019
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