Top Connecticut fall festivities for students to enjoy

September 13, 2023

Student pick their own pumpkins at a pumpkin patch

As the leaves change, Connecticut offers a variety of autumnal festivities for students. Whether traveling by car, train or even foot, there are countless local activities for the adventurous Bobcat. If you are a fan of all things pumpkin, this list of top fall places to visit is for you.

  1. Sleeping Giant State Park
    You can’t have the perfect autumn at Quinnipiac without hiking at Sleeping Giant State Park across the road from the Mount Carmel campus. The colored leaves and stunning views are quintessential to the New England college experience. With a dozen walking trails, the dog-friendly, popular student spot is a must-visit this season. If you love this state park, check out tons of other hidden gems you can venture into in the area.
  2. East Rock Park
    From a self-guided nature trail to biking, East Rock Park is sure to satisfy your outdoor desires. With gorgeous views and fall foliage from the clifftops all the way from New Haven out to the Long Island Sound, this site is sure to impress.
  3. Norton Brothers Fruit Farm
    Just north of the Mount Carmel and York Hill campuses in Cheshire, the Norton Brothers Fruit Farm has diverse pick-your-own options for anyone who craves the experience of harvesting fresh, local produce themselves. If you are interested in booking a group event, the farm has hayrides and orchard tours available for anyone who wants to completely be consumed by the fall vibes. Everything from jams to pies is sold in their market, so you can grab a treat on your way out!
  4. Lyman Orchards
    Venture into the Land of Oz this year at Lyman Orchards through their annual whimsical corn maze, inspired by the classic fairytale. Not a fan of getting lost? Make your way over to the orchards to pick delicious fruits and pumpkins to bring home. If you need an extra bite, venture down the street to the 1741 Pub & Grill at the Lyman Orchards Golf Club for a cozy escape with comfort food.
  5. Bishop’s Orchards
    What’s not to love at Bishop’s Orchards? Check out the farmer's market complete with gourmet food and cider or visit the creamery after picking some festive pumpkins. The orchard offers several events throughout the fall season including live music and trivia nights. Farm animals even accompany you as you explore the area, whether conquering the corn maze or spending hours eating donuts.
  6. Mystic B. F. Clyde’s Cider Mill and More
    If you are willing to journey southeast to Mystic, the B.F. Clyde’s Cider Mill is sure to fulfill all your seasonal dreams. As the last steam-powered cider mill in the United States, you can experience both history and delectable handmade sweets. If you want to make the most of your trek, check out several other Mystic spots.
  7. Townline Farm Corn Maze
    Located in Woodbridge, less than 10 miles from Quinnipiac's Mount Carmel campus, the Townline Farm is noted for its interactive corn maze. Towering eight feet tall and spanning over almost two acres, this maze includes hidden trivia for visitors of all ages to appreciate. Wagon rides and an assortment of fall decor are additionally up for purchase.
  8. Pumpkintown U.S.A.
    This place is as quirky as its name suggests. Located in East Hampton, visitors can enjoy a ride through Pumpkintown, a one-mile route through the forest filled with Pumpkinhead people and their homes. Donuts, popcorn and cider are provided upon purchase to devour during your journey. Don’t miss out on this unique location!
  9. Best Video Film and Cultural Center
    Switching gears to a more snug place, the Best Video Film and Cultural Center is tucked away conveniently right on Whitney Avenue. This independent video store brings together the Hamden community through film rentals, screenings and even a small coffee shop inside. If you need a movie fix with a warm beverage, this is the place for you this fall. Their calendar is full of musical performances, literary events, and more.
  10. Atticus Bookstore Cafe
    If you’re more of a reader, the Atticus Bookstore Cafe is open every day of the week with food, coffee and countless books to choose from. Author events often take place and you can choose to spend the day cozied up with your favorite read and a pastry. This cafe is just what you need on a chilly day to escape the fall breeze.

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