Like apple picking and pumpkin hunting, hayrides are a seasonal ritual for many Connecticut families and one of our favorite fall things to do. The state's many farms that offer hayrides or wagon rides usually offer other fun activities, like corn mazes and cider making. For more ideas on how to enjoy autumn splendor in southern New England, check out the Mommy Poppins Fall Fun Guide.
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HAYRIDES IN HARTFORD COUNTY
Foster Farm - South Windsor
Relax on a hayride, play in the courtyard, visit the goats, navigate a mini maze, or try to escape the full-sized corn maze. The concession stand is open on weekends, but pumpkins and mums are sold every day.
Westmoor Park - West Hartford
Cozy up in the hay and enjoy a scenic tractor-pulled ride along the trails at the park. Afterwards, roast marshmallows, decorate pumpkins, and enjoy a sunset. Registration is required; check the website for details.
HAYRIDES IN NEW HAVEN COUNTY
Drazen Orchards - Cheshire
Take a scenic walk, relax with a picnic, and take a weekend wagon ride. Pick your own apples and pumpkins, and indulge in apple cider donuts.
Wallingford Scarecrow Festival - Wallingford
Hitch a hayride to the pumpkin patch and enjoy a bounce house, face painting, fun and games, and delicious cuisine from local establishments and food trucks.
HAYRIDES IN FAIRFIELD COUNTY
Jones Family Farm - Shelton
Beginning late September, head to the Pumpkinseed Hill Farm where you can enjoy daily (weather-permitting) hayrides, farm animals, and fresh apples. A special UNICEF Family Festival in October features games and children's activities.
Ambler Farm - Wilton
Join the festivities of the annual farm day (late September) and enjoy hayrides, apple slingshot, farm animals, children's crafts, a pumpkin patch, and more. You can also hitch a hayride (registration required) on Fright Night, which will take place on late October weekends. Cash only
Photo courtesy of Ellsworth Hill Orchard & Berry Farm
HAYRIDES IN LITCHFIELD COUNTY
Harris Hill Farm - New Milford
The farm is open weekends during October (10am-5pm) and offers a pick-your-own pumpkin patch. Guests are invited to enjoy corn trivia, ride on the hay wagon, and meet the farm animals.
Ellsworth Hill Orchard & Berry Farm - Sharon
Enjoy hayrides to the orchard at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm on weekends only. The dog-themed corn maze is also open for the season. Cash only
HAYRIDES IN MIDDLESEX COUNTY
Pumpkintown, USA - East Hampton
Get ready for the cutest hayride around. Little ones especially will enjoy the whimsical Pumpkintown Village, the ride through Pumpkintown Forest, and choosing a delicious treat in the harvest shop. It's open late September through the end of October, and there's free admission for children younger than 2.
HAYRIDES IN WINDHAM COUNTY
Lapsley Orchard - Pomfret Center
Lose track of time and indulge your senses as you enjoy rides through the fields and orchards, which is open every Sunday in September and October from 12pm to 4pm. You can also pick pumpkins and apples, and savor fresh apple cider doughnuts. The Columbus Day weekend festival ensures three days of fun, including free wagon rides, live music, and cider-making demonstrations.
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