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How to Experience Fall Foliage in Boston

By Viator, February 2018

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New England is renowned for its vibrant fall foliage. While destinations like Vermont and New Hampshire can get crowded during the seasonal spectacle, tree-filled cities like Boston offer an alternative for autumn leaf peeping in the area. Here’s what you need to know about enjoying fall foliage in Boston.


When to Go

Typically the best time to experience fall foliage season in and around Boston is mid-October, when the orange, red, green, and purple leaves are at their brightest. Trees located farther inland tend to turn closer to Columbus Day (the second Monday in October), while those nearer to the coast turn toward the end of the month.The spectacle tends to be at its best during years with wet springs and summers followed by autumns with sunny days and cool, crisp nights. Keep in mind that the Japanese maples change color earlier than other trees.


Where to Go

The greater Boston area is packed with some pretty stellar leaf peeping spots. The Boston Common and adjacent Boston Public Garden are great places for enjoying fall foliage right in the heart of the city, as is the Boston Esplanade along the Charles River. Neighborhoods like Back Bay, Beacon Hill, and Bay Village often put on quite the show. Other potential leaf-viewing venues include the Blue Hills Reservation, Mount Auburn Cemetery, the Arnold Arboretum, and the Rose Kennedy Greenway.


How to Go

Experiencing Boston resplendent with autumn leaves is a breeze, thanks to the fact that many sightseeing tours stop at some of the city’s best fall foliage spots. Leaf peepers can enjoy the seasonal colors on a hop-on hop-off trolley tour, guided bike tour, Segway tour, or river cruise along the Charles.

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