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CT fall foliageThere's far more to do in New England in the fall than most people know. Corn mazes, pumpkin patches, apple picking and myriad other activities are well represented in the state of Connecticut alone, with all kinds of Connecticut fall foliage attractions, not to mention nature's spectacular transformation of the state's tree leaves.

Many of the Connecticut fall foliage attractions are open year-round. Such casinos as Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun don't miss a beat between seasons, and the Barnum and the Mashantucket Pequot museums, although not on the list below, are two of the finest museums in the state. The Mashantucket Pequot Museum is the largest repository of Native American artifacts in the world. You can read our extensive articles on both by clicking on the links above.

On this and page 2 of our Connecticut fall foliage attractions, we list some activities and places where you can see and do a great many things.

We discovered in our research that some of the bigger farms here and in the other states offer a range of products and services now being called "Agritourism." For instance, some have corn mazes, or welcome you to pick your own apples and pumpkins, while they're giving hay rides to families and friends who enjoy a romp through the farmland and some of the best Connecticut fall foliage attractions.

Judging by the number of corn mazes below, there's a lot of farmland in the state; it's a nice thing to see when you realize that we lose too many farms countrywide at an alarming rate every day. But it's become a whole new tourism industry in and of itself and a great Connecticut fall foliage attraction that gives people a great deal more to do in the fall than peek at leaves.

We've checked out the Connecticut fall foliage attractions we selected for you and all of the businesses on the attractions pages pass with flying colors.

Connecticut, like every other New England state has been hard at work to offer people, families, groups and busloads of kids the time of their lives. We've added halloween-related attractions and events to our list, along with Hay rides, Oktoberfest celebrations, train and trolley trips, amusement parks (leaving lake Compounce out of our Connecticut fall foliage attractions, for instance, would be heretical!)

In Connecticut there is something for everybody. Many of the farms offer horse and pony rides. Together with corn mazes, some farms have built hay mazes. In visiting some of the Agritourism sites, we found the farmers and folks who work at the farms having as much fun as the guests at these wonderful Connecticut fall foliage attractions.

We picked businesses and farms from all over the state, so you should be able to find Connecticut fall foliage attractions of interest that are close to you. Doubtless, we missed some, so don't be shy. If you know of a great place not on our list, please send an email to: jhyde@newenglandtimes.com. I'll look into the business and add them to the list for you. That goes for anyone out there who has a business that isn't listed. Let us know about yourself so we can add you to the list.

We hope you enjoy your trip into one of Mother Nature's truly unique colorful New England Fall attractions in the great state of Connecticut. Come on up (or down) and have some fun.

DIRECTORY OF FALL FOLIAGE ATTRACTIONS IN CONNECTICUT

Amusement Parks
Apple Cider Mills
Corn Mazes
Farms, Orchards and Agritourism
Festivals
Hay Rides
Halloween-Related
Oktoberfest
Pumpkin Patches
Train & Trolley Trips

AMUSEMENT PARKS

Lake Compounce, 822 Lake Avenue, Bristol, CT 06010 860-583-330

Ocean Beach Park, New London CT Ocean Beach Park 1225 Ocean Avenue New London, CT 06320 Local callers: 447-3031. Toll-free: 1-800-510-SAND(7263)

Quassy Amusement Park, Lake Quassapaug, Route 64 (2132 Middlebury Road) Middlebury, CT 06762 Phone: 1-800-FOR-PARK or 203-758-2913


APPLE CIDER MILLS

Brown's Harvest, 1911 Poquonock Ave, Windsor, CT  06095Phone: 860-683-0266

Lost Acres Orchard, 130 Lost Acres Road North Granby, CT 06060 Phone: (860) 653-6600.


CORN AND OTHER MAZES


Fort Hill FarmsAS SEEN ON NBC NEWS

Winner of Yankee Magazine's THE BEST PLACE TO GO NOWHERE! Award. Yankee says Fort Hill Farms is, "One of the Top 10 Places to Visit in New England"!

We now offer The Farmer's Cow Ice Cream, made with our own milk and cream! Ten (10) flavors, and our OWN whipped cream for Sundaes! PLUS our OWN Blueberry topping, and LAVENDER topping! ooh-la-la!

The Corn Maze open from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM, and the Creamery is open from 11 AM to 7 PM.

At Fort Hill Farms, LLC, you'll find a unique, educational Corn Maze, the finest in the Northeast, because it is so much more than just another maze. It's a fun, great learning experience that's not to be missed. In this "agricultural learning adventure," not only will you learn—the 2010 maze theme is "The History of Ice Cream!"—you'll get some great exercise. Visit our Website to learn more about the maze and our dairy operation. The corn is growing like crazy and the maze has taken perfect shape, so come on by and face the challenge the maze offers. This is one of the most visited Corn Mazes in New England because of the diversity the maze and farm offer. And we are so much more than just a fantastic corn maze. We sell our milk, which contains no hormones, no antibiotics, and is minimally pasteurized to The Farmer’s Cow a group of six Connecticut family dairy farms (including ours) working for the future of our families and the dairy businesses. We produce milk, half and half, eggs and seasonal beverages. Fort Hill Farms also sells its milk to the likes of Cabot and Agrimark. This is THE place to be for great New England agritourism enthusiasts. Learn more here.

Our address: 260 Quaddick Road, Thompson, CT 06277 | 860-923-3439.
Email: herrootsrundeep@forthillfarms.com | Website | The Farmer’s Cow Web Site | MAP


Bishop's Orchards, 1355 Boston Post Rd. Guilford, CT 203 458-PICK

Brown's Harvest, 60 Rainbow Road, Route 75 Windsor, CT 06095 860-683-0266

Bunnell Farm, 524 Maple Street Litchfield, CT 06759 860-567-9576

Ellsworth Hill Orchard & Berry Farm, Family Owned and Operated 461 Cornwall Bridge Road, Route 4 Sharon, CT 06069 860-364-0025

Fort Hill Farms, LLC, Corn Maze 260 Quaddick Hill Road, Thompson, CT 06277 860-923-3439, Web site, Email: herrootsrundeep@forthillfarms.com

Foster Family Farm, 90 Foster Street South Windsor, CT 06074 Phone: 860-648-9366

Larson’s Farm and Market, Larson's A-Maizing Maze 401 Federal Road( Route 7) Brookfield, CT 06804 Phone: 203 -740-2790.

Lyman Orchards, Corn Maze! 2008 Located at the Junction of Routes 147 & 157 in Middlefield, CT 06455 860-349-1793

March Farm, 160 Munger Lane Bethlehem, CT 06751 203.266.7721

Merrow Maze, Merrow Road Just Off Route 32 between Routes 195 & 44 Storrs, CT 860-805-FARM (3276)

Pell Farm, 96 Kibbe Grove Road Somers, CT 06071 Phone: 860.749.3582

Paul's & Sandy's Too (Pumpkintown USA, 93 E. High Street East Hampton, CT 06424 860-267-0143

Plasko’s Farm, 670 Daniels Farm Road Trumbull, CT 06611 Phone: 203- 268-2716 Tel: 203- 268-2716

Pumpkinseed Hill Farm, 130 Beardsley Road Shelton, CT 06484 203.929.8425

Quintessential Gardens, 260 Quaddick Road Thompson, CT 06277 Phone: 860-923-3439, Website, Email: herrootsrundeep@aol.com

Quintessential Gardens, Pick Your Own Lavender, Lavender Maze, 260 Quaddick Road Thompson, CT 06277 Phone: 860-923-3439, Web Site, Email: herrootsrundeep@aol.com

R-Farm, 353 Tobacco Street Lebanon, CT 06249 Phone: 860-303-2366.

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