Sibley State Park

Wetlands, prairie and woods at this park in New London promise a variety of sights: ducks and geese prepping for migration, bur oaks that have turned their distinctive bronze, grasses and trees on bright display. For a bird's-eye view of the autumn show, climb the observation tower at Mount Tom, the highest point in the park. Details at


Save on cruises with October specials

Save on cruises during National Cruise Vacation Week, Oct. 21-27, in addition to monthlong specials during National Cruise Vacation Month. For example, through October, AMAWaterways has savings of $1,000 per stateroom, plus a free upgrade on select sailings; for bookings made Oct. 21-27, the cruise line will throw in a $250 shipboard credit. Book a March trip with American Cruise Lines during the promotional week and receive free shore tours and $500 per-stateroom savings. For deals: You must book with a Cruise Lines International Association agent.