Cheap/Free Activities to Do in Connecticut

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If you are adventurous and broke as I am, here’s a list of cheap & free things you can do here in our beautiful state of Connecticut during the fall.

  • Visit Mystic –– it is beautiful during this time of year and if you want, you can visit Mystic Aquarium (will cost money). Also don’t forget to hit up Old Mistick Village while you’re there.
    • General Admission: 
      • Children (2 & under): Free
      • Seniors (age 60+): $32.99
      • Children (3 – 12): $27.99
      • Youth (13 – 17): $31.99
      • Adult: $37.99
    • Value Ticket: (includes Aquarium admission + a choice of the 4-D Theater or Blue Theater)
      • Children (2 & under): Free
      • Children (3 – 12): $31.99
      • Youth (13 – 17): $35.99
      • Adult: $41.99
      • Seniors (60+): $36.99
    • Mystic Pass: (visit Mystic Aquarium AND Mystic Seaport and save money)
      • Children (2 & under): Free
      • Children (3): $22
      • Children (4 – 17): $42
      • Adult: $56
      • Senior (60+): $50
    • Membership:
      • Family: $199
      • Single Parent Family: $179
      • Couple: $149
      • Grandparent Couple: $199
      • Grandparent Individual: $179
  • Meet friendly costumed animal characters along the Enchanted Forest candlelit trail at the Audubon Society in Sharon.
  • Relax and go back in time on a restored vintage 1920s train coach while taking a 20 mile round trip on the Naugatuck Railroad from the Railroad Museum of New England.
  • Go see a show at the Warner Theatre in Torrington.
  • Check out the exhibits at the Children’s Museum in West Hartford.
    • General Admission:
      • Seniors (63+): $13.75
      • Adults: $14.75
      • Children (2 – 12): $13.75 (under 2 is free)
      • Members of The Children’s Museum: Free
  • Go for a scenic family bike ride at Kent Boarding School.
  • Find a pumpkin at Angevine Pumpkin Patch in Warren.
  • Go apple picking at Karabin Farms.
  • Enjoy a hayride at Warrup’s Farm in Redding.
  • Visit the PT Barnum Museum in Bridgeport to learn about the famed circus ringer.
    • ADMISSION IS FREE!!
  • Find a pumpkin at Scott’s Yankee Farm in Gales Ferry.
  • Spend the day at the Foxwoods Casino or Mohegan Sun (without spending any money) by just walking around and looking at the amazing structure.
  • Learn about Prehistoric Times at Dinosaur State Park.
    • General Admission:
      • Adults & Teens (13+): $6
      • Children (6 – 12): $2
      • Children (5 & under): Free
      • Charter Oak Pass Holders: Free
  • Go to the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport.
  • Visit the Science Center in Hartford.
    • General Admission:
      • Youth (3 – 17): $16.95
      • Adult (18 – 64): $23.95
      • Senior (65+): $21.95
      • Member: Free
      • Youth (2 & under): Free
    • Butterfly Encounter: (can only be purchased with general admission)
      • Youth (3 – 17): $6
      • Adult (18 – 64): $6
      • Senior (65+): $6
      • Member: $5
      • Youth (2 & under): Free
    • Movies & Shows State: (can only be purchased with general admission)
      • Youth (3 – 17): $6
      • Adult (18 – 64): $7
      • Senior (65+): $6
      • Member: $5
      • Youth (2 & under): Free
    • Triple Play: (General Admission + Movie/Stage Show + Butterfly Encounter)
      • Youth (3 – 17): $23.95
      • Adult (18 – 64): $31.95
      • Senior (65+): $28.95
      • Member: $8
      • Youth (2 & under): Free
    • Double Play: (General Admission + Movie/Stage Show OR Butterfly Encounter)
      • Youth (3 – 17): $21.95
      • Adult (18 – 64): $28.95
      • Senior (65+): $26.95
      • Member: $5
      • Youth (2 & under): Free
  • Visit some waterfalls in:
    • Ender Falls – Granby
    • Kent Falls – Kent
    • Buttermilk Falls – Plymouth
    • Black Ledge Falls – Glastonbury
    • Devil’s Hopyard –  East Haddam
    • Wadsworth Falls – Middlefield
    • Indian Wells Falls (State Park) – Shelton
    • Carpenter’s Falls – Granby
    • Great Falls – Canaan/Falls Village
  • Visit Pumpkintown U.S.A. in East Hampton.
  • Visit a corn maze in:
    • Plasko’s Farm – Trumbull
    • Castle Hill Farm – Newtown
    • Jones Family Farm’s Pumpkinseed Hill – Shelton
    • Benedict’s Home and Garden – Monroe
    • Silverman’s Farm – Easton
    • Lyman Orchards – Middlefield
  • Have some Halloween fun in Fairfield County
    • Howl-O-Ween at Beardsley Zoo – Bridgeport
    • Trick or Treat on Heckscher Farm – Stamford
    • Halloween Spooktacular at the New Canaan Nature Center – New Canaan
    • Monster Mash at Stepping Stones – Norwalk
    • Aqua-Scarium at the Maritime Aquarium – Norwalk
    • Spooktacular! Discovery Museum & Planetarium – Bridgeport
  • Have some Halloween fun in Hartford County
    • Annual Halloween Stroll – West Hartford
    • CT Science Center’s Spooktacular Science Weekend – Hartford
    • Give-a-Treat, Get-a-Treat – Canton
    • Stew Leonard’s – Newington
    • Annual Halloween Spooktacular – West Hartford
    • Halloween Dance Party on Evergreen Walk – South Windsor
    • Nightmare on Broad Street – Windsor
  • Take a scenic drive
  • Visit the Renaissance Fair
    • General Admission:
      • Child Admission (6 & under): Free
      • Youth Admission (7 – 15): $10
      • Adult Admission (16+): $15
  • Visit the Wee Faerie Village at the Florence Griswold Museum (Sept. 29)
  • Go apple picking at Lyman Orchards
  • Go zip lining at Jordan’s Furniture at IT
  • Visit Bushnell Park
  • Visit the Museum of Connecticut History
  • Take a CT Capitol Tour
  • Visit the UCONN campus (it’s a mini city, there’s much to do)
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