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. See the fall colors change on the Esplanade and Boston Common.
  3. Dance, sing, nosh, and play at a fall festival.
  4. Experience mystical and cool fog art at the Arnold Arboretum.
  5. Take a hayride...sweet or spooky, take your pick!
  6. Visit the Topsfield Fair for a great family experience.
  7. An apple a day...pick your own at a local apple farm.
  8. Get kids thinking and building at the Mini Maker Faire.
  9. Travel back in time at King Richard’s Faire, open through mid-October.
  10. Get ready for Jack-O-Lantern time at a real-deal pumpkin patch.
  11. Get lost (in a corn maze).
  12. Celebrate the season with trail walks, harvest crafts, hayrides, and animal encounters at Drumlin Farm.
  13. See stunning outdoor art for free on the North Shore.
  14. Get close to nature at Blue Hills! Take an easy hike or learn about local wildlife at the Trailside Museum.
  15. Grab a picnic from the Public Market and visit the Rose Kennedy Greenway.
  16. Go for a bike ride on one of the bike trails in and around Boston.
  17. Take a family portrait amid the fall colors–find out one photographer’s favorite spots in and around Boston for family photos.
  18. Hike, roast s'mores, and make new friends on a camping trip at one of these family-friendly campgrounds.
  19. Enjoy seasonal festivities at a pumpkin festival, from Boston to Worcester.
  20. Visit a Boston area museum to check out the season's new exhibitions.
  21. Soak up the spooky season in America's Halloween capital: Salem.
  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.

Top photo by Parker Knight/CC BY 2.0

Post originally published September 2013; updated annually through 2018