30 Fall Activities in Boston To Do with Kids
For many, there is no better season to enjoy the outdoors in Boston than in fall. Whether your goals for things to do with kids in the fall include hiking, apple picking, corn maze exploring, or celebrating all things spooky and sweet on Halloween, there's a lot for kids of all ages and stages to enjoy during busy, beautiful autumn in New England. Here's a list based on our popular 100 Things to Do with Kids in Boston Before They Grow Up that can point you in the right direction when you're searching for the best fall activities near me. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite must-do fall activities in September, October, and November to keep your family schedule as full as a barrel of apples, and to stir kids' senses as much as cider donuts.
For more family fall activities—even when keeping social distancing and mask guidelines in mind, of course—be sure to check out our Boston Fall Fun Guide.
1. Travel back in time to Old Sturbridge Village.
2. Get lost in a Maze of flowers or corn.
Stop and gaze at the sunflowers (while puzzling out your route) at Hanson's glorious Sunflower Maze. Later in the season, switch the flowers for corn stalks for an equally challenging maze.
3. Cheers a glass of local wine or a pint of beer over picnics, games, or music.
4. Go for a spooky or not-so-spooky hayride.
Choose your scare level and hop aboard a hayride at a local farm near Boston.
The Marini Farm Corn Maze in Ipswich is a popular destination for kids who love surprises. Photo by Caitlin Dowling
5. Pick some juicy, ripe apples.
McIntosh, Golden Delicious, Macoun, Honey Crisp, Ginger Gold, Baldwin, Cortland, Roxbury Russet...find and pick your favorite apple varieties at a local apple farm.
Lookout Farms offers a wide variety of u-pick apples starting in early September. Photo by Mommy Poppins
6. Admire the fall foliage at Arnold Arboretum.
Grab a discovery pack and hike, discover, and explore this free park. The adventurous can get a sweeping view of the Boston skyline at the top of Peter's Hill.
7. Visit the Boston Children's Museum.
Along with all your family's fav exhibits, you can also jump in on some STEAM Fall Family Workshop fun.
8. Get lost (in a corn maze).
From little mazes for a quick walkthrough to huge corn mazes that you'll need your walking shoes for, there's something for every explorer.
9. Have a family picnic at Weir River Farm.
Enjoy the sunset, listen to live music, and grab a bite from a food truck at this weekly event that runs through October 7.
The weekly Weirs Farm sunset picnic has great views, live music, and a half-mile trail with exploration stations. Photo courtesy the Trustees.org
10. Get outdoors and explore a state park.
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.
See how many places you can visit on this list of famous Boston tourist attractions that even Boston native kids love doing.
Kids love the chance to run the bases at Fenway Park at the end of a game. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia
12. Say hi to some animals at a zoo.
There is no shortage of animals in the Boston area. Pick one of these zoos for a wildlife adventure.
13. Pick out the perfect pumpkin.
Get ready for Jack-O-Lantern time at a pumpkin patch near Boston.
14. Lace up the littlest hiking boots.
Get outside to enjoy some fresh air and exercise on one of Boston's best family hikes.
15. For little legs, opt for a shorter hike.
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.
16. Visit the Rose Kennedy Greenway.
Grab lunch from a food truck, splash in the fountains one last time (if it's a warm fall day), and go for a spin on the carousel.
After exploring the gardens, take a spin on Boston's best carousel. Photo courtesy of Rosekennedygreenway.org
17. See the fall colors change on the Esplanade and Boston Common.
Stroll the park and pop into the TADpole Playground for some extra fun.
18. Go leaf-peeping.
Take a fall day or overnight trip to one of New England's prettiest, leafiest towns.
19. Dress to impress for King Richard's Faire.
Dress up as princesses and knights and hit this Renaissance Fair for a day filled with jousting, turkey legs, and fun contests.
King Richard's Fair will bring kids back in time. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia
20. Take to living outdoors for a fall camping trip.
Hike, roast s'mores, and make new friends on a camping trip at one of these family-friendly campgrounds.
Kid-friendly fall camping near Boston can be adventurous and comfortable. Photo courtesy of Kampus-Productions
21. Visit a Boston area museum.
Check out the season's newest exhibitions and old favorites.
Kids are never too young to appreciate great works of art. Photo courtesy of Mfa.org
22. Visit the first of two larger-than-life Van Gogh exhibits.
Go inside Van Gogh masterpieces. Photo courtesy Vangoghexpo.com
23. Walk Boston's iconic Freedom Trail on a nice day.
Most attractions can be appreciated outdoors, so you can enjoy the beautiful fall air.
24. Hit the streets—or farm—for a festival!
With the cooler weather comes so many fall festivals celebrating everything from food to neighborhoods to farm fun.
25. Visit the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo
Get some ideas for your own pumpkins as you stroll this spectacular display featuring thousands of intricately carved pumpkins all lit up. Tickets must be purchased online and the event is open in light to moderate rain.
26. Sore through the trees on zip lines.
If adventure is what you're looking for, these zip line and obstacle courses near Boston are just the ticket.
27. Climb aboard the Cog Railway.
Check out the fall foliage by riding a train up into the White Mountains to the highest peak in the Northeast.
Ride an authentic steam train while viewing majestic fall foliage on the Mount Washington Cog Railway. Photo courtesy Wikipedia
28. Visit America's Halloween capital: Salem.
29. Decorate for Halloween.
Have a ghoulishly good time decorating for Halloween.
30. See how the colonists lived at Plimoth Plantation.
Try a family workshop and add to your Thanksgiving family traditions, and these Plimoth Plantation recipes.