25 Things We Can't Wait to Do in Boston This Fall

fall activities in boston with kids

Ah, fall … can there be a better season to get out and do things as a family in Boston? The draining heat of summer is behind us, back to school jitters have subsided, and the threat of winter’s cold and snow is (hopefully) still weeks away. The beauty of nature surrounds us and family fun is plentiful, whether you want to experience a little culture or frolic on a farm. To herald in the season, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite, must-do autumn activities for families.

  1. Take a kid-friendly walking tour of historical sites in Boston (through October).
  2. Check out one of these amazing fall museum exhibits.
  3. Dance, sing, nosh, and play at a fall festival.
  4. Take a hayride...sweet or spooky, take your pick!
  5. Visit the Topsfield Fair for a great family experience.
  6. An apple a day... pick your own at a local apple farm
  7. Do something with all those apples: try one of our favorite apple recipes
  8. Travel back in time at King Richard’s Faire, open through mid-October
  9. Discover places to see outdoor art throughout the city
  10. Get ready for carving time at a pumpkin patch
  11. Get lost (in a corn maze)
  12. Celebrate the season at Drumlin Farm
  13. Take the kids for a walk in the woods 
  14. Grab a picnic from the Public Market and visit the Rose Kennedy Greenway
  15. Go for a bike ride on one of the bike trails in and around Boston
  16. Take a family portrait – find out one photographer’s favorite spots in and around Boston for family photos
  17. Go to Boston's annual, not-to-be-missed, fall festivals
  18. Catch a show at Puppet Showplace Theater, with offerings from Beauty and the Beast to The Frog Prince
  19. Enjoy seasonal festivities at a pumpkin festival in New England
  20. Visit a Boston area museum to check out the season's new exhibitions
  21. Stroll, play and nosh along the Esplanade
  22. Bring music-loving kids to the HONK! festival in Davis Square.
  23. Have a ghoulishly good time decorating your digs for Halloween 
  24. Celebrate a not-so-spooky Halloween around town all through October
  25. Make Thanksgiving dinner with your kids, 1600s-style

Photo by Shira Kronzon

Post originally published September 2013; updated 2014, 2015 & 2016

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