If you're in Connecticut during the fall, visit one of the following farms to go pumpkin picking. This seasonal activity lets you explore the outdoors, appreciate the natural surroundings, and have fun. The following places offer more than just pumpkins, however. They promise a full day of family fun.
Located on 140 acres of farmland in Bethel, Connecticut, Blue Jay orchards is open to visitors who want to pick their own pumpkins and apples. For a limited time during autumn while the supplies last, the orchard features special pumpkin rides for children. The cost of the ride includes a cup of apple cider, 2 freshly made donuts, a coloring book, and a 3 to 5 lb pumpkin the kids can choose themselves. There are also scenic wagon rides offered for families on the weekends. The orchard also has a bakery selling fresh pies. No pets are allowed.
Castle Hill Farm in Newtown, Connecticut lets visitors pick their own pumpkins from a 4 acre field or from a selection that is already harvested. In addition, there is a 6 acre corn maze to explore. For small kids, there are tractor pulled hay rides, pony rides, and a petting zoo. The farm is open on weekdays and weekends. It hosts various activities during the fall including children's events, a Bluegrass Music Day, and evening corn mazes and bonfires.
Every weekend in October, Halfinger Farm in Higganum opens its fields for children and parents to pick their own pumpkins. The Pumpkins are priced according to weight. In addition, there is a fun interactive corn maze, where kids look for hidden pumpkins and a free play area with a teepee. Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the farm's corn fields and scarecrows. The farm also sells mums, ornamental cabbage, and gourds for fall decorating.