Be Inspired by Beautiful Boston Fall Foliage: Peak Season for Leaf-PeepingWander through a wonderland of vibrant autumn colors when you visit New England this season. From the backyards of Boston to the Harbor Islands and villages outside the city, the landscape bursts into vivid hues all around. The region's fall foliage is rightfully famous as the finest in the United States. Majestic maple trees are responsible for many of Boston's brilliant colors every fall: blazing orange, shocking crimson, and gorgeous gold. Oak trees offer rusty yellow and brown, and fallen leaves on the ground add a blanket of autumn scenery - and that satisfying crunch beneath your feet. Awaken your senses on an autumn adventure to New England and experience amazing Boston fall foliage across the city and beyond.
When Is Fall Foliage Season in Boston?Generally speaking, mid- to late October is the best time to experience the brightest autumn colors in and around Boston. The closer to the coast you are, the later it will be - with coastal colors peaking toward the end of October, and inland colors peaking around Columbus Day (October 12). But remember: Mother Nature has a mind of her own, and timing varies from year to year. Be sure to chat with locals and ask about the best fall foliage hotspots for an up-to-the-moment update on the city's prettiest colors. Serious leaf peepers might want to download Yankee magazine's Leaf Peepr app in order to find peak colors around the region.
Rose Kennedy Greenway: Go for an Elevated Stroll in the ParkRed maples, Washington elms, and other colorful trees decorate this unique linear park, a rooftop garden and green space that's elevated above an underground highway. It runs for one mile near Boston's waterfront, through the neighborhoods of Chinatown, the North End, and the Financial District. Tucked between the lovely fall colors, you'll find fountains, public artwork, and plazas for relaxing. On Saturdays through October, you'll also encounter the Greenway Open Markets (also on alternating Saturdays). In addition to the trees, Rose Kennedy Greenway features a diverse variety of ornamental grasses, shrubs and flowers. Autumn colors often seem to stick around here longer than in other parts of the city.
Boston Common & Boston Public Garden: Picture-Perfect PicnicsSnap share-worthy pictures in these two parks, which are situated right next to each other in the heart of Boston. Maple trees, elms, and beech trees burst into bright colors each autumn, creating a spectacular backdrop for a picnic. Grab a comfy spot by the Frog Pond at Boston Common or head to the enchanting Victorian footbridge at the Public Garden. Together, the two parks provide 75 acres of green space - a true oasis for leaf-peepers and nature lovers in Boston.
Leaf-Peeping Day Trips from Boston: Fall Foliage ToursCraving a jaunt in the New England countryside? Boston is surrounded by captivating farms, villages, and historical landmarks - all draped in glowing fall foliage this time of year. You can arrange a private chauffeured experience through our concierge, or rent your own car and set off into the countryside on your own. Some destinations like Salem are easy to reach on the MBTA train. Or for the-more-the-merrier types, motorcoach tours are readily available most of the week from a variety of local companies. Feast your eyes on fabulous fall foliage on an adventure to one of our favorite Boston day trip destinations:
- Plymouth Rock - Head to Plymouth's waterfront to see the legendary rock where the Pilgrims first landed in the Mayflower in 1620. You can also visit Plimoth Plantation nearby, a living history museum that recreates the Pilgrims' original settlement. And don't miss the Mayflower II, an exact replica of the Pilgrims' four-masted cargo ship.
- Walden Pond - Made famous as the wilderness escape of the writer and transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau, this peaceful pond ignites with fall colors all around. It's located nearby Boston in Concord, close to numerous historic sites of the American Revolution.
- Salem - Spark your imagination in this infamous town where America's only witch trials took place in 1692. Fall is the best time of year for a Salem day trip for its numerous special events, and you'll also find museums and historic landmarks.
- New Hampshire - Venture further into the New England countryside on a full-day expedition to New Hampshire. Snap amazing photos of picture-perfect apple orchards, babbling brooks, quaint taverns, and family farms. Stop at Willard Brook State Forest to experience a classic New England forest.