It’s October, and that also means it is Walktober!
Walktober was designed to get more people out and walking and exploring. Walking can be fun! There are a wide variety of guided walks taking place throughout the state this month. So get your friends and family together and start walking!
Here is a list of only some of the fun walking events in Connecticut is October, ooops…I mean Walktober!
Starting October 2-28, various times
Twenty-eight towns are offering more than 100 free walks that highlight the region’s historical, cultural, agricultural and natural treasures.
Autumn Bird Walk
October 5, 7 a.m.
Cedar Hill Cemetery, 453 Fairfield Ave., Hartford, CT
Join Joan Morrison, Professor of Biology and Environment Science at Trinity College, for an autumn bird walk at Cedar Hill. She will discuss her work studying urban birds and their habitats.
Walktober: Living Off the Land in Colonial Times
October 5, 1 p.m.
Nathan Hale Homestead, 2299 South St., Coventry, CT
Participants will take a 1.5 mile walk in the footsteps of the Hales through fields and forest.
Weekly Bird Walk
October 8, 8 a.m.
Connecticut Audubon Society of Pomfret, 218 Day Rd., Pomfret, CT
Join Andy Rzeznikiewicz as he points out various bird species.
Walk to School Day
As part of International Walk to School Day, thousands of kids and their parents worldwide will walk to school.
Sunday Strolls: Bushnell Park Family Walking Tour
October 12, 10-11:30 a.m.
Butler-McCook House & Garden, 396 Main Street, Hartford, CT
Cost: $20 families (2 adults and any number of children); or $10 per person
Explore Bushnell Park and its hidden treasures with your family and take a ride on the historic carousel.
Lantern Tour of the Plymouth Burying Ground
October 12, 7 p.m.
Plymouth Green, 10 Park St., Plymouth, CT
Cost: Adults $5; Children Free
Learn about the symbolism of the engravings and how the inscriptions tell us what life was like in colonial Connecticut during this walking tour of the green.
Memento Mori Cemetery Tour
October 13, 1-3 p.m.
Barney Library, 71 Main St. Farmington, CT
This walking tour will explore Farmington’s ancient burial ground.
October 19, 9-11 a.m.
Mystic Aquarium, Mystic, CT
Participate in a 5K run or a two-mil walk to benefit the endangered African penguins.
Tour of East Plymouth and Tory Den
October 19, 1-4 p.m.
Plymouth Historical Society Museum, 572 Main St., Plymouth, CT
Cost: Free (pre-registration required).
This tour will explore the little-known village of East Plymouth, home of Tory families during the Revolutionary War. The tour includes a 1-mile walk along the Blue Trail to Tory Den, where a historic visitor once inhabited the cave.
Fall Foliage Hike
October 20, 1:30 p.m.
Sleeping Giant State Park, Hamden, CT
Hike along the trails of Sleeping Giant and enjoy the beautiful autumn foliage. The hike is expected to last 3 hours.
Cedar Hill’s Haunted History Lantern Tour
October 25, 6-9:30 .m.
Cedar Hill Cemetery, 453 Fairfield Ave., Hartford
This is the only night of the year you can explore the cemetery when it is dark. Led by lantern light, during this stroll, attendees will visit the final resting places of some of Cedar Hill’s most notable and not-so-notable residents.
Introduction to Hiking in the Giant Hike
October 27, 1:30 p.m.
Sleeping Giant State Park, Hamden, CT
Learn about the park’s many hiking trails, how to navigate the park and clothing and equipment that is needed for a safe and enjoyable hike. The hike is expected to last 3 hours.
Legends & Hauntings
Cost: Fee & Pre-registration is required
Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Rd., Fairfield
This walking tour will explore the haunting legends and folklore of Fairfield.
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