Leaf Peeping in Fairfield County
5 Places to Enjoy the Beauty of Fall
With the peak leaf foliage being from now until November 14, there are plenty of opportunities to soak in the beauty of autumn. Connecticut boasts some of the most beautiful spots for leaf peeping, and there are several here in Fairfield County to take advantage of.
There are numerous ways to take in the scenery at the Connecticut Audubon Society such as “Floral and Fauna” walks, “Land Orienteering Workshops” and even long term “Master Naturalist” classes.
2325 Burr Street, Fairfield; 203-259-6405
Take a “Site Tour” or an “Extended Tour” of the Philip Johnson Glass House. Not only will you see the paintings and explore the iconic Glass House, but you will also be surrounded by some of the best scenery for leaf peeping on the Glass House’s forty-seven acre estate.
199 Elm Street, New Canaan; 203-594-9884
The Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens supplies a host of tours and hikes that are perfect for the entire family. You could choose to take a “Family Fun Forest Hike” on their seventy-one acres of forest habitat, or a “Family Garden Hike” in the morning to interact with nature at one of the most beautiful times of the day.
151 Brookdale Road, Stamford; 203-322-6971
Bring your family to take a nature walk on the one of the six trails at Earthplace in Westport. The nature walks are between fifteen and thirty minutes long and, along with taking in the landscape, you may even see a few animals and hawks along the way.
10 Woodside Lane, Westport; 203-227-7253
The Merritt Parkway (Route 15)
Possibly the most convenient place for leaf peeping, The Merritt Parkway is recognized as a National Scenic Byway by the United States Department of Transportation. Take time to enjoy the vibrant colors of the canopy of trees on your daily commute. And who knows, you will probably be so enchanted by the beauty of the nature that you will be cured of your semi-frequent road rage.