11 Reasons Why Fall in Boston is the Best

Crisp autumn air, bright color-changing leaves, days spent apple picking, fresh-out-of-the-oven apple cider donuts and pumpkin pies – these are a few of a New Englander’s favorite things. When the seasons turn at the end of August and the hoards of summer tourists start to clear out, Boston becomes the most beautiful version of itself. From September through November, the prime place to be is right here in Boston. No other state can compare with our fall traditions and no other place in the world can compete with our seasonal attractions. Get ready for the best three months of the year with IM Boston’s list of 11 reasons why Boston just can’t be beat in the fall.

1. Fall Foliage


Thousands people head to Boston every fall to take in the breathtaking change in foliage special to New England. The Public Gardens, the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University and Blue Hills Reservation are some of the best local destinations, but you can also take a road trip up through New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine to see the full leaf spectrum!

2. Haunted House Tours


Boston just so happens to be one of the spookiest states in the country. You can visit Spookyworld in Litchfield, NH for your haunted hayride and creepy house thrills. Or opt for the  Haunted Boston Ghost tours which take you by lantern-light through the scariest most haunted spots the city has to offer.

3. Pumpkin Flavored Everything


Forget Starbucks’ pumpkin spice latte. When the air turns crisp, Bostonians seek their fix of pumpkin spice with refreshing sips of our Dunkin’ Donuts pumpkin iced coffees, ridiculous pumpkin bread from Flour, pumpkin whoopie pies from The Tap Trailhouse in  and creamy autumn pies from Petsi’s galore! The more the merrier.

4. Apple Picking at Local Orchards

Nothing is more “fall” than spending a cool day at an apple orchard not too far from home. Just outside of Boston, you’ll find plenty of quintessential New England farms perfect for picking plump apples and keeping warm with fresh, hot cider.

5. Hot Apple Cider Donuts


The Boston way of getting your hands on these seasonal delights is to visit an apple orchard. However, you can also find these melt-in-your mouth treats at a number of Whole Foods Markets or at the city’s very own Boston Public Market where local vendor Red Apple Farm turns out dozens of fresh-baked pillows of deliciousness right at the front door.

6. Salem Witch Attractions


Salem, Mass has one of the darkest histories in the U.S. for being the site of dozens of alleged “witch” executions, which you can learn about while walking one of the town’s witch tours. If you’re less of a history buff and more of an adrenaline-junkie, spend your Halloween at one of Salem’s highly-rated haunted happenings.

7. Local Pumpkin Patches


Similar to the joy of apple picking, pumpkin picking elicits a certain nostalgia for New Englanders. The fall season is meant for sifting through pumpkin patches for the perfect picks and carving “spooky” faces out of them on the kitchen table. Smolak Farms in North Andover hosts an annual Pumpkin Festival where you can take a hayride over to the pick-your-own patches and partake in other festive activities.

8. Local Brewery Tours and Events


What better time of year to take a local brewery tour than during the fall when beer companies start spinning out seasonal favorites? Local beer staples, such as Sam Adams and Harpoon, offer frequent brewery tours and host fall events in light of the annual release of best-selling, autumn-inspired flavors.

9. Bonfires


It might be hard to partake in a bonfire when you live directly in the city with no backyard, but if you or your friends live in a woodsy area just outside of Boston, then you know what I’m talking about. Cuddle up in your favorite hoodie and a pair of jeans and kick back with your closest friends around a crackling fire-pit on a crisp October evening. Pick up some graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows and you’ve got yourself a Friday night.

10. Football Season

Not to brag , but Boston is home to the luckiest fan-base in the country. The New England Patriots are without a doubt one of the greatest football teams in the NFL and we aren’t afraid to remind you about it. Every year after Tom Brady adds another ring to his collection, we wait with empty voids in our hearts until football season starts up again in the fall.

11. The Weather

Absolutely nothing beats New England weather in the fall. Nothing feels better than cozying up in over-sized sweaters on brisk October days and rolling the window down to feel that fresh November air. It brings you back to the days of running outside and diving into  crunchy leaf piles until your cheeks got cherry red and it was time to go back in for hot cocoa. Fall in Boston is a time to reflect and rejuvenate and to soak up the nice weather as much as you can before the snow arrives.


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