5 Best Things to do in Boston in the Fall 

Paige Yates  |  September 1, 2023

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5 Best Things to do in Boston in the Fall 

Is there a better place to spend the autumn than in Boston? 

From whale-watching expeditions to the delightful world of art and culture, Boston presents fall experiences like no other. Not to mention its majestic fall foliage that captures locals' and tourists' hearts alike. 

Want to make the most of Boston this fall? Here is an overview of the most exciting autumn activities to enjoy.


Whale Watch Tours

Fall is the perfect time to relish an exciting oceanic adventure, as it marks the annual migration of different whale species. Humpbacks, finbacks, and minkes are just some species that dive along the New England coast. 

Prime whale-watching season lasts from May to November. Stellwagen Bank is one of the top rated spots. 

If you're feeling fancy, the Boston Harbor Cruise is the way to go. You will cruise on their catamarans with naturalists from the New England Aquarium. Level up your experience with snacks and cocktails available onboard. There's also a chance to see other marine creatures like harbor seals, Atlantic white-sided dolphins, and sea birds.


Visit the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

For those who love the synergy of art and nature, visiting the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is a must. This open-air sculpture park features modern installations of more than 60 works.

The autumn season accentuates its allure with autumn hues as a backdrop!

Nature tours, yoga in the park, and snowshoe tours are extra activities available at the park. It's the perfect nature stroll while exploring thought-provoking art pieces.


Foliage Trips

The fall foliage in New England is legendary, and Boston captures this in famous spots like the Boston Public Garden. The leaves transform into brilliant gold, ochre, and rust colors that delight.

Fall foliage trips are a major Boston tourism draw. These icon sceneries are best experienced in October and November. If you want a leisurely foliage walk close to the city, check out Arnold Arboretum, Boston Common, the Charles River Esplanade, and the Blue Hills Reservation are popular spots. 


Art Appreciation at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts

Aficionados of the arts, don’t miss the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. It’s famous repository of treasures from different cultures and eras, and the perfect escape from the autumn chill. 

Exploring its extensive collection is the one of best Boston fall activities. From Egyptian artifacts like mummies to modern artworks, they all have it here. Dive into Monet's collection and Degas’ beautiful ’14-year old ballerina’. 


Head of the Charles

The Head of the Charles is one of Boston’s biggest sporting events (and one of the biggest rowing regattas in the world). It draws elite athletes and spectators from around the world. This year, it takes place October 20-22.

Get a great view of the event from the Eliot Bridge Enclosure, Boston University Bridge, Western Avenue Bridge, or Weeks Footbridge. Don’t miss the rowing expos and displays around that are scattered around the city!


There's no denying that fall Boston activities offer so many options. No matter what your interests are, the city has a unique way of capturing your heart. 

From witnessing the whales to engaging with artistry in different forms, Boston's autumn activities guarantee to etch the best fall memories you'll ever have.

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