Fall is a beautiful time of year in New England and especially in the Mystic Ct area. Not as hot as the action packed summer and not as crowded but still with buckets of things to do!
Enjoy the changing leaves along the river while experiencing all there is to do in Mystic. Farmer's markets, pumpkin carving, winery visits, corn maze's, haunted tours, fall foliage river tours, vineyard visits, cider mills, and much more.
Satisfy your fall apple craving at Clyde's Cider Mill with an apple cider donut, cold sweet cider, hard cider or apple wine! They still use the original pressing machinery from 1898 and were recently declared a National Historic Landmark. This quaint mill is the last steam powered mill in the country and run by the 6th generation of the Clyde family. Check out their music event with Happy & The Moonshine Oct. 12.
Learn about local legends and spooks when you take a Seaside Shadows Downtown Mystic Tour or Mystic Moonlit Graveyard Tour. The Seaside Shadows Team will take you by lantern light through Downtown's busy areas of shops and restaurants surrounding the drawbridge while telling tales and revealing local legends. The cemetery tours travel through the Whitehall Burial Ground where you will learn about the Whitehall Mansion ghosts. Visit seasideshadows.com for the spooky details!
This is a fun group and event, located in the beautiful Stonington Borough. Also on the menu whole belly clams, scallops, fried shrimp, calamari and chowder. Every Friday starting Oct. 4 - Nov. 11. 11 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. holyghostclub.com
For a wonderful, historical river tour, weather permitting, give them a call for a cruise on an antique picnic boat built in 1947. The experienced captain will take you back in time as he talks about Mystic history and his favorite Mystic areas. mysticrivercruises.com
Who doesn't love strolling through the vineyard fields on a cool fall day? A wonderful vineyard with a nice tasting room and outdoor seating. Monday evenings yoga in the tasting room and a Columbus Day Jazz event with The Ken Serio Jazz Trio on Oct. 13. stoningtonvineyards.com
This is truly scary and not for the faint of heart! These are exceptional one hour performances that tour a 1/3 – 1/2 mile of uneven terrain including cobblestone, wood planking, grass, gravel, and stairs. You walk or stand for most of the show. Wear comfortable shoes and check the weather for the right clothes! mysticseaport.org
There are quite a few local farmer's markets, including actual farm stands that celebrate fall with all the seasonal treats and even some pumpkin painting and corn mazes. Apparently the whole state of Connecticut is known for incredible corn mazes! Start your corn maze and farmer's market search at thisismystic.com
Nov. 1 & 2 Time to get spooked while you walk through this beautiful nature trail. A Halloween themed self-guided tour with weird and wild animals, glowing jack-o-lanterns and scary, delightful creatures of all kinds. Families can also enjoy spooky-themed crafts and games for children as well as up close encounters with the cuddly and creepy creatures found at the Nature Center. dpnc.org
Oct. 12 - 14. A three day event with family friendly activities, plenty of chowder, bisque, clam fritters and seasonal desserts. The activities are endless! Hay rides, a scavenger hunt in the village, mini pumpkin decorating, lawn games and live music.
Located in nearby Stonington, a great place to visit anytime but don't miss this music event on Oct. 14, Columbus Day with The Choos. Enjoy your favorite wine, fresh shucked oysters, gourmet cheese plates or bring your own picnics. saltwaterfarmvineyard.com