Fall Foliage is Blooming in Connecticut!
As temperatures begin to drop, Connecticut comes alive in a splash of red, orange and gold that transforms the landscape into a masterpiece of light and color unique to New England. Autumn has officially arrived and the “leaf peeping” season in Connecticut will last through mid- to late October, and peak leaf color is predicted to be in early October.
People travel from all over the world to see fall color in CT, and you can enjoy a classic backdrop for the show: town greens, classic church steeples and rolling hills. This is a great time to take a long drive, when the journey is as rewarding as the destination.
Settled in the Farmington River Valley is Talcott Mountain State Park, home to Heublein Tower on top of Talcott Mountain, a long, wooded ledge named after the Talcott family. The 165-foot structure was built as a summer home in 1914 by Gilbert Heublein and is the perfect perch to view the Connecticut landscape. This natural sanctuary is perfect for spotting little critters, like rabbits, deer, and eagles.
Drive past the scenic Housatonic River, near two covered bridges on this beautiful foliage route. Kent has many art galleries to enjoy, and the Mount Tom State Park is along this route, perfect for stretching your legs with a hike and enjoying the leaves at a slower pace.
Take a journey back in time along the Mystic River to Mystic Seaport. Spend the day outside in the crisp autumn air at Mystic Seaport, a living history recreation of an 1830’s-era shipbuilding community. Your children will love a day filled with history and culture. Bring them to Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration to learn about everything from whales to the Titanic.
If you were looking for a shorter day trip, a drive around Waterbury is perfect for you. Take a hike around Black Rock Park and enjoy the scenic view. Visit Waterbury’s Mattatuck Museum, with exhibits detailing the history of the Naugatuck Valley, including an exhibit featuring actress Rosalind Russell and another exhibit showcasing the flood of 1955.
Let us know in the comments below where your favorite leaf-peeping spot is.
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