Take these fall trips near West Haven


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A view from Sleepy Giant State Park, April 27, 2018, Hamden.

It’s fall in New England, and if you’ve been here for a while, you know that it offers some beautiful and entertaining sights. With Halloween less than a week away, it’s the perfect time to cram in some fall trips before the season ends. As college students, we’re always looking for something to do, so here are some fall adventures around West Haven.

Jones Family Farms
Located in Shelton, Jones Family Farms is less than a half an hour away from the university. At this farm, you can enjoy a pumpkin patch, corn maze, winery, baked goods and more. The pumpkins are laid out in a field where you can view and buy some of the various shapes, sizes and colors available. Before you leave, make sure to try your luck to escape the corn maze.

Jones Family Farms is open Thursday through Sunday.

Fright Haven Haunted House
This Stratford haunted house hosts over 20,000 square feet to explore, with three haunted attractions, each more terrifying than the next. This year, you can enjoy the new “Witching Hour” attraction. The story goes that the Duncan family has gone missing, and it seems that the cause is black magic. Enter if you dare and experience the same terror the Duncan family did.

There are also the “Psycho Ward 13” and “The Wasteland” attractions to trek through.

You can visit the haunted house on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

Lyman Orchards
It is the perfect time to go apple and pumpkin picking, so head out to Lyman Orchards in Middlefield. You can purchase various size containers and head out to the rows of apple trees to pick some fresh fruit. If you want pumpkins, they offer orange, white and green.

Lyman Orchards also hosts the Apple Barrel Farm Market, where you can purchase fresh groceries, take wagon rides on a horse-drawn carriage, walk through a corn maze and visit an ice cream shop.

Visitors can visit Lyman Orchards any day during the week.

Sleeping Giant State Park
If you want to see some of the best fall views the area has to offer, check out Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden. The park is named for its hills, where if you view it from certain angles, it looks as if a literal giant who fell asleep is in the mountain. The peak of the mountain reaches 739 feet, so it is sure to offer a gorgeous view.

There are also various trails to hike along, a lookout tower and places to picnic and camp.