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Top Five Fall Activities

Leaves are beginning to turn, Starbucks’ fall drinks are out, and it seems like everyone is turning on Netflix to watch Gilmore Girls; it is officially fall.

With fall here, there are tons of fun, festive activities to enjoy in the crisp fall air, or with a pumpkin spice candle lit in your living room. Here are the Top Five Fall Activities that students are looking forward to and that are sure to get you excited for this fall season.

There is nothing better than taking a drive with the windows down, listening to fall music with a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte, and visiting a local apple orchard or pumpkin patch. Going to pick apples to later make an apple pie or picking a pumpkin for Halloween, is one of the top five activities to do in the fall, and that can be done locally in Connecticut.

“I think it’s a cute photo op and when you go with family or friends; it’s a fun little bonding moment,” said senior Melissa Martins.

Connecticut also has some of the prettiest views of the fall leaf changes. A second activity for this fall season is hiking a Connecticut trail and experiencing the fall foliage. There are tons of local hiking trails or parks to visit, and some very popular ones include: Sleeping Giant in Hamden, Southford Falls in Southbury, or Hubbard Park and Craig Castle in Meriden. If you don’t mind a longer drive, there are also plenty of parks and trails to visit in Connecticut such as: Macedonia Brook State Park in Kent, Talcott Mountain Park in Simsbury, or Hidden Valley Preserve in Washington Depot.

Another fall favorite in Connecticut is visiting a farm. Whether it be going through a corn maze, having apple cider with donuts, or taking some cute Instagram photos, there are so many cute farms to visit in Connecticut.

“It gives you a chance to learn more about yourself and it’s peaceful to just be outside,” said freshman Janae Findlay.

If you’re looking for something a little more spooky, Connecticut has plenty of haunted hayrides, trails, and houses.

“Seeing everyone’s costumes is really great and walking through a scary setting is always fun,” said senior Ava Laudadio.

Some popular places to visit with friends or family are the Terror at Quassy in Middlefield, Legends of Fear in Shelton, or the Trail of Terror in Wallingford.

Finally, a New England road trip is a necessity for a fall bucket list. Whether that be for a weekend getaway, or to catch the next NFL game, traveling a couple hours out to another New England state is a perfect way to spend a long weekend. Renting an AirBnB in Vermont or New Hampshire for the weekend creates a magical trip spending time up north with family or friends, and seeing all of the leaf colors change. It is also never too late for a beach trip to Cape Cod, Massachusetts or Newport, Rhode Island. Although the water may be off limits as it is unfortunately no longer summer, visiting a cute beach town can be the perfect weekend getaway. And for a spookier, more Halloween themed road trip, the iconic Salem, Massachusetts is an essential visit.

For football fans, there is no better way to spend the day than to watch your favorite team play close to home. There are plenty of games to attend and watch first hand the plays that are sure to be all over the media the next day (and if you want to try and spot Taylor Swift).

Connecticut may be one of the smallest states in the country, but when it comes to the fall season, there are endless activities to really experience everything there is to love about the crisp fall air, the turning leaves, and of course, Starbucks’ Fall coffees.

Sofia Simoes

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