Things to Do in New Haven County During FallThe fall/autumn season in New Haven County and throughout Connecticut is one of the most beautiful times of the year and there are plenty of activities and fun things to do in New Haven County during fall.

The crisp, cool air and the splashes of color as millions of leaves start turning from green to the most stunning and brilliant colors of reds, oranges and yellows makes for the most vibrant scenery you could ever imagine.

From pumpkin patches to corn mazes to where to see the most beautiful foliage we’ve put together a list resources of some fun and creative things to do in New Haven County during the fall season.

Find A Pumpkin Patch

There’s nothing more fun than picking just the right pumpkin(s) to bring home to carve for a Halloween Jack-O-Lantern, as an added fall decoration to the inside or outside of your home or for your favorite pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffin or pumpkin cookie recipe.  

Bishop’s Orchards  Pick the perfect pumpkin out at Bishop’s Orchards located at 1355 Boston Post Road Guilford CT. From the hay maze to corn maze there are many activities and fun things to do for all ages.  Sample some of the best Bishop’s Orchards signature foods or shop the market for their farm fresh produce, meats and bakery treats. For more information call 203-458-PICK (7425).

pumpkin patch in new haven countyClover Nook Farm   One of the oldest generating farms in the state Clover Nook Farms can be found at 50 Fairwood Rd in Bethany.  Stop by their roadside stand or visit the farm for the freshest in fruits and vegetables.  Open weekends 9-6; weekdays 10-6.  For more information call 203-393-2929.

Rose Orchards  From the pumpkin patch to a straw maze, corn maze, farm animals to hay rides over a covered bridge Rose Orchards at 33 Branford Road in North Branford has been a staple to the community since the Rose family started farming the land back in the 1600’s. They’re not just a farm but a creamery, where you’ll find the freshest in baked goods or can stop into Buck’s Grill for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The Farmer’s Market is open daily from 9am to 6pm , The Creamery is open daily from 9am to 9pm and Buck’s Grill is open 9am to 3pm Monday thru Thursday and 9am to 8:30 pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  For more information call 203-488-7996

Shore Line Trolley Museum Pumpkin Patch  Climb aboard a trolley bound for the pumpkin patch at the Shore Line Trolley Museum at 17 River St. in East Haven CT. Each child receives a pumpkin for decorating to take home (while supplies last).  Have fun with the train sets, coloring and face painting too. Open Oct. 14th-15th, , Oct. 21st-22nd, Oct. 28th-29th from 11am-4pm; trolleys depart every 20-30 minutes.  General Admission $10; Children 2 & under are free.

Corn Mazes

If you’ve never been through a maze before weaving around the winding paths only to reach a dead end makes you wish you had a GPS in hand to help navigate you through what seems like miles of never ending rows of corn stalks.  

corn maze new haven countyLyman Orchards – Our favorite choice!  This year’s corn maze theme celebrates Spirit of St. Louis and Charles Lindbergh. 

Prices are $10 for adults, ages 13+, $5 children 4-12 and FREE for children 3 & under.  

Lyman Orchards is located at 32 Reeds Gap Road, Middlefield CT.  

The corn maze is open from 9/2 to 11/5 Wednesday-Friday 3pm-6pm, Saturday, Sunday & holidays 10am-6pm.  For more information call 860-349-1793.

Bishop’s Orchards   The theme for this year’s corn maze is of a Steam Train .  

From the corn maze to hay maze you’ll find many activities for the kids and the entire family.  

The corn maze is located at 529 New England Road, Guilford CT.  

Admission is $7.00 per person + tax.  Children under 2 are FREE.

Hours are holidays and weekends of September until the end of October from 10am-5pm.

For more information call 203-458-PICK (7425).

Fall Foliage

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See autumn in all its splendor by visiting the following state parks and forests where you can view some of the best scenic areas in Connecticut.  These state parks and forests provide viewing towers or lookouts to some of the most spectacular fall foliage views.

Don’t forget to plan to make time to for hiking through some areas by foot so you can truly get the most out your foliage viewing experience. 

Macedonia Brook State Park – Kent – Cobble Mountain

Mohawk State Forest – Cromwell

Pachaug State Forest – Voluntown – Mt. Misery Overlook

Peoples State Forest – Barkhamsted – Chaugnam Lookout

Shenipsit State Forest – Somers – Observation Tower

Sleeping Giant State Park – Hamden – Stone Tower

Talcott Mountain State Park – Simsbury – Heublein Tower

Mt. Tom State Park – Litchfield

Dennis Hill State Park – Norfolk

Goodwin Conservation Center – On Route 6 in Hampton

For directions and more information visit Connecticut’s Top Fall Foliage Drives or the State of Conneticut Fall Foliage website.

Take a Driving Tour

Take in the breathtaking beauty of the fall foliage in Connecticut by taking a driving tour along Route 1.
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Traveling down Route 1 you’ll discover the scenic beach areas, quaint, charming town greens and historic landmarks of Branford and Guilford amidst a picturesque setting of the bold and stunning reds, oranges and yellows of the fall season.

From Route 1 in Branford hop onto to scenic Route 146 and follow it into Stony Creek to take a narrated foliage cruise of the Thimble Islands aboard one of the Thimble Island cruise boats.  

Going east on Route 1 visit the corn maze, pick pumpkins from the pumpkin patch, apples from the orchards or check out the farm fresh products, winery and gourmet offerings at Bishop’s Orchards at 1355 Boston Post Road in Guilford. Other featured routes in Connecticut are Routes 7, 9, 15 and 169.

Fall Decorating
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There are a lot of easy and creative ways to bring the warm colors of fall into your home.

Make the outside of your home more appealing during the fall season by adding a few pumpkins to a porch, stairs or just outside the front door. Pumpkins come in different sizes and colors and it’s the perfect way to add color that’s very inexpensive.

You could include some Indian corn, corn stalks, or hay.  Mums are plentiful this time and year and come in a variety of colors.  You can place a few pots inside or outside or plant them right in the ground.

Inside decorations can be easy, imaginative and inexpensive too.  Complete your mantel or table by adding black, orange, white or yellow candles in lanterns or canning jars that will add to your fall décor.

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We wish you lots of fun and safe travels and hope we’ve filled your calendar with plenty of things to do in New Haven County during the fall.  When you’re ready to buy or sell a home in the Greater New Haven area we hope you’ll think of us and give us a call at 203-645-7467.

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