25 Fall Activities in Boston To Do with Kids
Ah, fall … can there be a better season to enjoy the outdoors in Boston? Whether you and your kids are partial to hiking, apple picking, corn maze exploring, or celebrating all things spooky and sweet on Halloween, there's something for kids of all ages and stages to enjoy during busy, beautiful autumn in New England. To herald in the season, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite must-do activities in September, October, and November, but for even more ideas for getting out there with your family—safely, of course—be sure to check out our Boston Fall Fun Guide.
2020 update: Due to the evolving nature of COVID-19, events can be changed or canceled and attractions could close at any time, so be sure to check with event organizers and venues before heading out for the day.
1. Take history lessons outdoors while taking advantage of Old Sturbridge Village's kids-visit-free program—extended through November 28, 2020.
2. Stop and smell the sunflowers (while puzzling out your route) at Hanson's glorious Sunflower Maze.
Lookout Farms offers a wide variety of u-pick apples starting in early September. Photo by Mommy Poppins
5. McIntosh, Golden Delicious, Macoun...take your pick at a local apple farm.
6. Hike, discover, and explore at the Arnold Arboretum.
8. Get lost (in a corn maze).
9. Bring a picnic dinner to the deCordova and enjoy the sunset and outdoor art activities.
10. Check out our list of kid-approved Massachusetts State Parks and Forests and visit one on a nice fall weekend.
11. Play tourist for a day with this list of famous Boston tourist attractions that even Boston native kids love doing.
12. Visit with the animals at one of six zoos in the area.
Pick apples and pumpkins this fall at farms like Parlee, here. Photo courtesy of Parlee Farms
13. Get ready for Jack-O-Lantern time at a real-deal pumpkin patch.
14. Get outside to enjoy some fresh air and exercise on a one of Boston's best family hikes.
15. Take your preschooler on a short, one-mile-or-less hike and enjoy the smiles of pride after reaching a small peak or finishing a loop.
17. See the fall colors change on the Esplanade and Boston Common.
18. Take a day or overnight trip to one of New England's prettiest, leafiest towns in the fall.
19. Hike, roast s'mores, and make new friends on a camping trip at one of these family-friendly campgrounds.
20. Visit a Boston area museum to check out the season's new exhibitions, like The Science Behind Pixar at the Museum of Science. Many museums have reopened to visitors, with special health precautions in place.
21. Don't want to head inside a museum on a nice day? Explore the city instead, checking out these free outdoor art installations.
The resting place of Paul Revere and Sam Adams, the Granary Burying Ground is open for visitors—and cloaked in fall color—on the Freedom Trail.
23. Soak up the spooky season in America's Halloween capital: Salem.
24. Have a ghoulishly good time decorating your digs for Halloween.