Cooler and crisper temperatures means more energy to enjoy the many things to do, see and experience in Boston! The city’s autumnal flair will create colorful and memorable moments.
Food festivals, pumpkin pageants, Oktoberfests and more, fall in Boston is a celebratory occasion for all.
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Boston is at its most beautiful in the fall. As the leaves turn, Boston's parks put on an unforgettable show, complementing the historic architecture.
A walk along the city's Freedom Trail now doubles as a foliage tour. It's a great time to visit Boston's Faneuil Hall Marketplace, as the crowds thin out, but the weather is still pleasant. On a cooler day, take a stroll through the gorgeous indoor courtyard of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
Boston’s unparalleled sports scene swings into full gear every fall, from the famous Head of the Charles Regatta, to the return of the Pats, Bruins, and Celtics. Catching a Red Sox game at Fenway Park is a must when you're in Boston, and soccer fans can get their kicks at a Revs game at Gillette Stadium.
Boston's fall season certainly ramps up the number of "must-see" events. From pre-Broadway runs and Broadway hits to fringe theatre, to Boston Symphony melodies, Opera classics and concerts by the superstars of rock ‘n roll, country, pop, and rap, the performing arts scene is thriving. The Boston Ballet will leave you breathless, local jazz clubs hit all the right notes and the stand-up comics will have you falling out of your seats with laughter.
Boston museums offer a remarkable selection of exhibitions.
Fun if by land, fun if by sea. Enjoy both with Boston’s many diverse tours, trails and sails! Fun if by land, fun if by sea. Follow the Whale Trail, Walk the Freedom Trail, Black Heritage or Equality Trail. Take a harbor cruise or tour by foot, bicycle, trolley or "duck". Discover it all – your journey through Boston begins here!
Boston is a world-class culinary destination. Foodies will enjoy succulent seafood, scrumptious sweets, and ethnic enclaves with eclectic menus. For the social foodie, shared plates and tapas options are aplenty. For the experiential foodie, market tours, wine tastings and cooking classes showcase Boston’s unique culinary characteristics.
Boston is always changing. Check out what's new in and around the city!
The Boston area offers an abundance of free activities for everyone.
No other region of the country displays fall's colors like New England. A trip north of Boston to Kittery, Maine, will make for a dazzling show-and provide plenty of great shopping opportunities at the Kittery Outlets. Head south by car or rail to see Plimoth Plantation, and a replica ship, Mayflower II, based on the vessel that brought the Pilgrims to the New World in 1620. Look west to visit to Lexington and Concord, charming colonial towns with rich literary and Revolutionary War Era history.
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What to Wear:
Bostonians dress smartly and simply. It can be unpredictably hot in early fall and quite cold late in the season. Be prepared for anything.
Day: If you're touring, wear comfy sneakers or sandals for walking. A light to heavy jacket is a good idea later in the season. Most tourist venues don't have dress codes, but check to be sure.
Evening: Consider your agenda; the theater tends to be dressier and some upscale restaurants require jackets. Nights are generally cool to cold.