Ideas for fall outings for college students

By Sammi Bray

Special at the Record-Journal

Exploring your new college town is a great way to fight homesickness and hang out with your new friends. Whether you’re new to Connecticut or a long-time resident in need of inspiration, here are some ideas to explore this fall!

Take advantage of Connecticut’s many farms

Back-to-school season aligns perfectly with the peak of apple picking and pumpkin patches. Get off campus with friends, then bring home some sweet treats or make your own. Pumpkins can serve as seasonal dorm decorations and fun activities with friends – paint them or carve them on campus.

Head to a local fair

Fair season also coincides with the start of the school year, providing a great opportunity to explore your new college hometown. Connecticut students are also relatively close to major fairs like the Big E in Massachusetts, providing a full day of fun.

Explore something spooky!>res

Head to a haunted house or Lake Compounce in October for a spooky experience! This is a fun group activity that can reveal a lot about your new friends!

Test the taste of cafés, ice cream parlors and restaurants>res

If you’re going to school in a new neighborhood, you’ll need to explore the different food options nearby to find your new favorite. Bring friends to explore a few places in one day, order takeout from multiple locations, or share a few desserts. Going out to eat or go to a cafe gives time to talk with new friends about their favorite foods and learn about their hometown

Go for a hike or visit a local park

There are plenty of trails dotted around Connecticut with great views, especially as the leaves start to change. If you’re not sure where to start, check out this Record-Journal list of recommended places.

Sammi Bray from Southington is a student at Trinity College, Hartford. She is studying public policy and law, with a minor in rhetoric, writing, and media studies. She has been working as a freelancer for the Record-Journal for a year. She can be contacted at [email protected]

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