Blue Jay Orchards
A great New England farm experience.140-acre apple orchard with 36 varieties, farm market, and pick-your-own apples in September and October. Enjoy hayrides to the pumpkin patch during October weekends. Fresh cider, home baked fruit pies, local produce, famous cider donuts, and more.
Bethel Land Trust
Established in 1977, the Bethel Land Trust is an all-volunteer, non-profit devoted to preserving open space and the natural resources of Bethel, CT. Visit their website to learn about Bethel’s preserves, trails and activities.
Collis P. Huntington State Park
Life-like sculptures of bears and wolves welcome your arrival to this peaceful and tranquil setting featuring open fields and dense woodlands. The park was donated to the citizens of Connecticut by the internationally renowned Huntington family.
Enchanted Trail Boardwalk
A great location for bird and firefly viewing, the boardwalk passes through a swampy area and opens out to a meadow and reed bed along the power line right of way.
The town of Bethel purchased this 72-acre parcel in 2012, which will be preserved as open space. The property is south of Plumtrees Road and east of Old Hawleyville Road. The Town of Newtown town line and Brunot Preserve (77 acres) forms the eastern boundary. The property has an agricultural past with old pastures, fields, woods roads; as well as wetlands, watercourses and forest stands.
Holbrook Farm is a family farm that has been clean of pesticides and herbicides for at least the last 30 years that they have owned the land.
Over the years, Hollandia has gained a reputation as Connecticut’s premiere garden center, with hundreds of thousands of plants, first-class display gardens, and annual community events. The Spring Flower Show is Hollandia’s main spring event, popular for its series of lectures, garden tours, a season kick-off sale, and representatives from major garden brands. The Fall Festival is a popular autumn celebration coupled with an exhibit of antique trucks, tractors, and farm equipment.
With a pond, playground, and baseball field, Meckauer park is a perfect place to relax in the outdoors.
Mikes Pond at McNicols Preserve
A short, flat trail crosses a small brook to an area between 2 ponds that are both fishable.
On the Way Farm
If you are looking for farm fresh and organic food, make sure to visit Bethel’s On the Way Farm.
A short walk from downtown Bethel, Overlook Park is a great place to enjoy the outdoors and hike. This preserve is true to its name and offers views overlooking the hills of Danbury.
Putnam Memorial Park
From Reenactments to school trips to Archaeology digs the oldest state park in Connecticut is rich in history as well as in things to do.
With 82 acres of wet meadows, wetland areas with spring peepers, a Beaver swamp, steep climbs to overlooks, old stone walls and granite quarry (the wolfpit) is perfect place for hiking, geocaching and fishing.
Nature & Farm Events
Bethel Community Market
June through September on the first and third Friday, from 4-7 p.m.
Bethel Community Market is located on the front lawn of the CJH Municipal Center from June-September. Stop by to shop, eat, and be entertained with live music, movies and fun activities for the entire family. Join in the fun and show your support of shopping locally. For more information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bethel Farmers Market
Bethel Farmers’ Market has become a local center for a wide variety of produce, ranging from fruit and vegetables to meat products, soap, baked goods and home-made jams and salsas. The vendors have all been selected because they are the best at what they do so stop by on a Saturday morning and see what the best local selection has to offer!
Bethel Garden Club Garden Tours
The Bethel Garden Club hosts walking tours of Bethel public gardens, as well as other local garden-related events. Check their website for details.