Scenic Sunday Drives for Leaf Peeping this Fall in Connecticut

Finally. It’s what we’ve all been waiting for. We have on our booties and flannel. We have been sipping our PSLs for days (weeks.) We are ready. And now, the season’s main event has finally begun and we couldn’t be more excited. It’s leaf peeping season and us New Englanders, well, we live for this kind of stuff. It’s just part of our DNA. (That and Pumpkin Spice) We’ve rounded up some of our favorite routes throughout the state with optimal leaf peeping views for your enjoyment. And, be sure to check out our CT Halloween & Fall Fun Guide for Kids.

Best Places to Trick or Treat in Connecticut this Halloween

Which neighborhood is best for Halloween trick-or-treating in Connecticut? That's a tricky one! But we can certainly point you in some fun directions full of treats! Here's a list of our favorite trick-or-treating spots and weekend events so you'll know where to bring your kids this Halloween. Is your area not great for trick or treating?  Take them to some of these trunk or treating events. For more seasonal fun, check out our jam-packed Halloween Guide. Many stores in local towns and villages will likely will be handing out candy in the afternoon on October 31, but as a general rule trick-or-treating starts at dusk. 

Frightfully Fun Flashlight Corn Mazes to Check Out

If you have never been inside a corn maze, imagine entering a twisting, winding dirt-paved series of paths cutting through a giant field of corn stalks. Should you go left, right, or straight ahead? Remember, only the right decision will get you out of the maze. Now, try navigating through the maze at night time amid sounds of rustling cornstalks and shadows along the path. Spooky, right? Check out our roundup of flashlight corn mazes throughout the state for some spooktacular fun. And, for more autumnal adventures, check out our Fall and Halloween guides. 

Columbus Day Weekend: Parades, Scarecrows, and Taste

It's Columbus Day Weekend, and the annual three-day holiday weekend includes the usual family activities like the annual Columbus Day parades in New Haven and Bridgeport. For a more traditional autumn-focused outdoor activity, check out the annual Southington Apple Harvest Festival, which draws an estimated 100,000 visitors each year. If you're in the mood for a little fall flavor, there is the annual Taste of Fairfield featuring two dozen restaurants, breweries, and food vendors, and the annual Mystic Chowder Days where you can indulge in clam fritters, fish tacos, shrimp po'boys and eight different bisques and chowders. With the kids off from school Monday, it's a perfect chance to have an extra family day exploring the 165 interactive exhibits at the CT Science Center, or any one of these 50 Things to Do With Kids on Columbus Day. As always, we recommend calling ahead in the event of rain to make sure outdoor events are still on.

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50 Things to Do With Kids in Connecticut on Columbus Day

It seems like just the other day we were making back-to-school plans, and now we're looking for ways to make plans and optimize every day off from school. Columbus Day falls during one of the most beautiful months of the year, especially in New England, and October weather means great times can still be had making new friends on the playground or digging in the sand and looking for seashells at the beach. Whether you're in the mood for aviation history, sharks or jellyfish, tigers or sloths, Renaissance masterpieces, testing your agility or your taste buds, or a scenic drive, you will likely find something for everyone on our list of recommendations. Here, in no particular order, are plenty of ways to spend a Monday off from school. 

All Aboard for Fall Foliage at the Railroad Museum of New England

When you live in New England, you tend to get really excited about all of the fall things. From country fairs to cider donuts, pumpkin patches to corn mazes—fall is our very favorite. Which brings me to the season’s main event: leaf peeping. This fall, why not try riding as a passenger a New England’s vintage railroad, and really wrap yourself up in autumn’s patchwork quilt of colors. For the ultimate leaf-peeping experience (with heaping slice of nostalgia) climb aboard a railcar at the Railroad Museum of New England tucked in the upper Naugatuck Valley. For more seasonal fun, check out our guide to Fall activities and subscribe to our newsletter for even more ideas delivered straight to your inbox.

Top 10 Outdoor Activities This Week, October 2-6, 2017

Finally! It's October and it actually feels like fall! As the days get shorter and the evenings get chillier, we're celebrating by doubling our weekday picks from 5 to 10...all of which are in the great outdoors! From corn mazes to pumpkin patches to faerie houses, we've got it all going on this week. 

For more options (including the indoor variety), be sure to check our Event Calendar, which is constantly updated with the latest and greatest local fun, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram so that you don't miss anything. 

October Go List: Best Things To Do With CT Kids This Month

October, one of the most beautiful months of the year here in Connecticut. Leaf peeping will hit it's peak mid-month. Pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and apple picking orchards are all in full swing. Our Halloween and Fall Fun Guide and event calendar include even more great events happening this month. Below you'll find fun events happening in each region. Check out the Faerie Village in Old Lyme, go to a parade, or check out one of the many festivals occurring this month. Here are 32 of our top Connecticut picks for you and the kids this October. Add them to your google calendar by clicking through to the listing. Happy Autumn!

Ultimate CT Halloween Guide 2017

It has come to my attention that Connecticut sort of owns Halloween. You'd be hard-pressed to find yourself very far from an amazing haunted house, a fun-filled parade or celebration, or a quaint New England farm decked out for All Hallow's Eve. Halloween has been jostling Christmas for the top holiday spot for some time now, and while it isn't quite a foregone conclusion yet, it's safe to say that it's come a long way from the days of pillowcase trick or treating and glow sticks. Not that these steadfast traditions are going anywhere, don't you worry. Read on for your ultimate guide to the good, the even better, and the totally terrifying across the entire state this Halloween season. 


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