Fall outing ideas for college students

By Sammi Bray

Special to the Record-Journal 

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

Take advantage of Connecticut’s many farms

The back-to-school season perfectly aligns with peak apple-picking and pumpkin patches. Get off campus with friends, then bring back some sweet treats or make your own. Pumpkins can double as a seasonal dorm decoration and a fun activity with friends - paint or carve them on campus. 

Head to a local fair

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

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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! 

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If you are going to school in a new neighborhood, you’ll need to explore the different food options nearby to find your new favorite. Bring along some friends to explore a few spots in one day, order takeout from several places, or split a few desserts. Going out to eat or to a coffee shop allows time to talk with new friends about their favorite foods and learn about their hometowns

Go for a hike or check out a local park

There are lots of trails scattered throughout Connecticut with beautiful views, especially as the leaves begin to change. If you’re not sure where to start, check out this Record-Journal list of recommended spots.

Sammi Bray of Southington is a student at Trinity College in Hartford. She is studying public policy and law, with a minor in rhetoric, writing and media studies. She has been freelancing for the Record-Journal for the past year. She can be contacted at sammibray03@gmail.com


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