Boston’s Best Strolls for Fall

Photo: Robert Lowe

Boston is one of the nation’s best cities to explore, and that’s really no different when the weather starts changing over from summer to fall. In fact, the city really comes alive during the fall season.

Public Garden

The leaves typically start changing in late September, and one of the best places to take it all in is Public Garden. The garden is filled with different varieties of trees and shrubs, making this an especially picturesque location. Don’t miss out on walking across the Lagoon via the foot bridge.

Charles River Esplanade

The Charles River Esplanade is another good option. The long park runs along the river and is especially beautiful when the trees start changing to shades of orange and gold. If you’re walking don’t forget to take some pictures. The area is also popular for biking, jogging, or just kicking back on one of the floating docks.

Boston Common

Boston Common is only about 44-acres in size, but you’ll find nearly 700 trees. This means it’s a great place to take in the changing scenery, especially in mid to late fall.

Beacon Hill

Beacon Hill is the city’s oldest neighborhood, and it’s beautiful during the fall season. This is the time of year when the tree-lined streets and alleys really come to life. You may even be able to spot some virtually hidden gardens along your walk.

Freedom Trail 

If you want to take in some fall views as well as some history, you can always take a stroll along the Freedom Trail. You may even find smaller crowds if you plan to stop and visit Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

From the water

To get an entirely different view, you may still be able to head out on the water. Some boathouse rentals go through mid-October, so it possible to paddle around on one of the canoes or kayaks, at least for the next couple of months. 

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