One of the best things about fall is watching the leaves change. Living in the Northeast, we’re lucky to be surrounded by beautiful red, orange, and gold leaves almost as soon as October hits. Even just by walking around Boston, you can see the beautiful fall colors already taking over the city. In fact, we encourage you to go for a brisk walk through the city to take in the views. You’ll be surrounded by beautiful sights while you exercise!
Not sure where to start? Check out our list below for the best places to see fall foliage and squeeze in some physical activity across the city!
- Boston Common and Boston Public Garden
Perhaps one of the more obvious places to go, both the Boston Common and Boston Public Garden never disappoint visitors looking for fall foliage. The variety of trees and shrubs all change color at slightly different times, so the scenery is diverse and constantly changing. Make sure you walk around the entire garden to see it all.
- Back Bay, Beacon Hill, and the South End
Spend some time walking through the neighborhoods of Back Bay, Beacon Hill, and South End to see fall foliage against a backdrop of red and brown brick homes. In particular, we recommend walking or jogging down Commonwealth Avenue in Back Bay.
- The Esplanade
Our previous post focused on the Esplanade in the Summer, but there’s still plenty to see and do on the Esplanade during the Fall. The tree-filled pathways become even more vibrant as the leaves change colors. And the Charles River provides the perfect backdrop; the reflection of the red-orange colors in the water create a dream-like sight – don’t miss it!
- Arnold Arboretum
Located in Jamaica Plain and a part of the beautiful Emerald Necklace, the Arnold Arboretum has thousands of species of trees that put on a great display during the fall. Bring your family, friends, and pets for a leisurely stroll—or a nice jog or bike ride—through the park and take in all the beautiful colors.
- Mount Auburn Cemetery
If you’re in the Halloween mood, the Mount Auburn Cemetery is one of the best places to check out fall foliage without leaving the city. Located in Cambridge, the Cemetery also has ponds, woodlands, and hills, which create the perfect viewing spots for the changing colors.
Keep in mind, peak leaf-changing season usually hits around the second and third week of October. So grab your kids, bundle up, explore, and walk your way through Boston this weekend to take in all the sights and colors the city has to offer.
Photo courtesy of Boston Discovery Guide