Pick apples and pumpkins this fall at farms like Parlee, here. Photo courtesy of Parlee Farms
Pick apples and pumpkins this fall at farms like Parlee, here. Photo courtesy of Parlee Farms

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

Ah, fall … can there be a better season to get out and do things as a family in Boston? Whether you and your kids are partial to hiking, apple picking, corn maze exploring, festival hopping, 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 their with your family, be sure to check out our Fall Fun Guide.

  1. Save some cash and head to one of these free September events
  2. Cheer on the rowers at the Head of the Charles or just spend a day exploring the banks and river
  3. Dance, sing, nosh, and play at a fall festival.
  4. Visit the Boston Children's Museum for some Fall STEAM workshop fun.
  5. Spend a nice Fall day sipping a glass of wine or trying out tasty beers at one of these family-friendly wineries or beer gardens.
  6. Take a hayride...sweet or spooky, take your pick!

    Play games, visit animals, and just experience on old-fashioned state fair in October. Photo courtesy of the Topsfield Fair
  7. Visit the Topsfield Fair for a great family experience.
  8. An apple a day...pick your own at a local apple farm.
  9. Hike, discover, and explore at the Arnold Arboretum
  10. Travel back in time at King Richard’s Faire, open through mid-October.
  11. Get ready for Jack-O-Lantern time at a real-deal pumpkin patch.
  12. Get lost (in a corn maze).
  13. Play tourist for a day with this list of attraction even Boston native kids love doing.
  14. Visit with the animals at one of six zoos in the area.
  15. Get outside to enjoy some fresh air and exercise on a hike.
  16. Grab a picnic from the Public Market and visit the Rose Kennedy Greenway.
  17. See the fall colors change on the Esplanade and Boston Common.
  18. Outdoor water parks may be closed for the season, but you can head inside to keep on splashing at an indoor water park!
  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.
  21. Don't want to head inside a museum on a nice day? Explore the city instead, checking out these free outdoor art installations
  22. Soak up the spooky season in America's Halloween capital: Salem.
  23. Bring music-loving kids to the HONK! festival in Davis Square.
  24. Have a ghoulishly good time decorating your digs for Halloween.
  25. Make Thanksgiving dinner with your kids, 1600s-style.

Post originally published September 2013; updated annually through 2019

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