5 Things to do in New Haven County in the Fall (While social distancing)

2020 may not have been what anyone expected, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t enjoy the best things fall has to offer in Connecticut. Here are five things you can do in New Haven County while social distancing this Fall to celebrate the season.

Go On A Leaf-Peeping Hike In New Haven

New England is well known for its beautiful fall foliage, and New Haven County proudly displays its autumn colors each year. The best part is you don’t have to venture too far from the city to experience it and can still practice social distancing while enjoying it. 

Whether you choose to visit East Rock, West Rock, or Sleeping Giant State Parks, you’re sure to see some prime colors. All of the trails offer beautiful views of the surrounding land, and at higher elevations, leaves tend to change colors sooner than those in lower regions. 

Want to plan your trip for the perfect time? Check out the State of Connecticut Department of Energy, and Environmental Protection (DEEP) fall foliage report map. It forecasts the progression of color through our state. According to CT DEEP, they estimate that peak foliage should arrive in the Northeast and Northwest parts of CT around Columbus day and extend down toward the shoreline through early November. 

Celebrate Halloween Early With Pumpkin Picking

When I think of Fall, I think of Halloween too. While some Halloween traditions may be different this year, going to a pumpkin patch can still happen! My personal favorite is Strawberry Hollow Farm in Guilford, which is a 15 minutes drive outside of New Haven. Strawberry Hollow Farm was named for the hollow in which the farm sits, and the strawberries they once grew. The small farm on Route 1 has growing pumpkins, winter squash, beautiful mums, and a gift shop that sells American artists’ crafts. 

Pumpkin picking is the best outdoor fall activity for families and couples. It’s also the perfect place to snap some cute pics for Instagram. 

If you’re not comfortable visiting a pumpkin patch due to COVID-19, you can pick a pumpkin up at your local grocery store to carve or paint at home for a fun indoor activity. 

Go Apple Picking With Your Family

If you’re looking for a day trip that involves spending time outdoors, head to Bishop Orchards for some apple picking. Family-owned since 1871, Bishops has over 100 acres of apple crops. Hours are 10 am-5 pm in Guilford only, the Northford Orchard will be closed for 2020 due to COVID restrictions. Bishop Orchard’s is a great place to visit with your family, especially if you have kids. They offer a Fall into Fun Kid’s Activity section to ride around on the Apple train. 

Apple picking is a quintessential weekend activity this time of the year. Grab a basket, enjoy the crisp fall air, and get ready to make some delicious homemade apple pie.

Enjoy A Movie Under The Stars At Pitkin Plaza

October is the perfect time to catch some classic movies, and what better place to go then the Town Green District of New Haven? Every Wednesday evening at sundown, you can enjoy your favorite films under the stars in downtown New Haven’s public park, Pitkin Plaza. The event is free to attend, bring your blankets or lawn chairs, and some movie snacks. 

Here’s the schedule for October: 

Visit a Winery 

What’s Fall without a glass of wine in hand to celebrate the changing of the season? You can’t go wrong planning a day trip to a vineyard! Lucky for you, Gouveia Vineyards is located just up the road in Wallingford. Nestled in between hills, Gouveia boasts breathtaking views to take in while you sip on wine under the warm autumn sun. Pack up a delicious picnic lunch (or maybe just some cheese and crackers) and embrace the stunning scenery that surrounds you. 

Looking to make it a mini-tour? Pack up your picnic and head over to Woodbridge to visit the fine folks at Savino Vineyards! Open from 12-6 on Saturdays and Sundays, a tasting at Savino is sure to warm you up on a brisk fall afternoon.

Maybe wine’s not quite your speed – Don’t forget about the numerous breweries in New Haven County offering COVID-friendly taproom experiences, like East Rock Brewing, Counter Weight, Tribus, No Worries, and more! 

Though COVID-19 has forced us all to reconsider the activities we do this fall, there’s still plenty of socially distant things to do around New Haven, CT to celebrate the fall. 

Think we missed any? Share it below in the comments.

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