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Where to See Fall Foliage in Boston: Things to Do in Autumn

By: Revere Hotel Boston Common / 20 Sep 2019
Where to See Fall Foliage in Boston: Things to Do in Autumn
Feel the upswing of autumn energy on a leaf-peeping expedition in Boston. Be inspired by the fiery hues of gold, orange, and red that you'll find across the city - and discover our favorite places to seek out the city's famous fall foliage.

Discover Where to See Fall Foliage in Boston

Nature lovers, beauty seekers, and creative types flock to New England every autumn to experience the region's celebrated fall colors. But you don't have to go far into the countryside for a dose of gorgeous fall foliage - you'll encounter plenty right here in Boston. Vibrant hues of red, yellow, and orange fill the parks and squares of the city, the backyards and the riverbanks. From the Charles River to the historic harbor, find out where to see fall foliage in Boston on your New England autumn getaway.

Boston Common: 700+ Trees & Season-Long Color

Located steps away from our boutique hotel, this epic green space is transformed every autumn into a blazing palette of gold, red, and orange. It's filled with an impressive variety of trees, more than 700 in all - and this diversity means that colors are changing all season long, starting early and ending late. It's common to see fall colors in November and even sometimes into December. Maple, oak, beech, chestnut, and elm trees all make up the colorful display that enchants locals and travelers alike every year. Bring your camera for great pics - the trees offer a beautiful contrast against the stately backdrop of buildings. It's also the perfect season to fly a kite. Boston Common is also on the Freedom Trail, and it's a lovely place to stop for a picnic and take a break from your stroll.

Boston Public Garden: Meandering Pathways & Victorian Charm

Head next door from Boston Common to the Public Garden for another astounding display of fall colors. This Victorian-era park features manicured walkways that cut through the trees, along with a charming footbridge over the lagoon - the perfect place to press pause and savor the scenery. You'll also come across interesting monuments and photo-worthy fountains. Through September, you can take a ride on the famous Swan Boats, which have been gracefully gliding across the lagoon since 1877. Keep an eye out for late-blooming roses and the brass labels under trees that will tell you what type they are. And don't miss the Make Way for Ducklings statues, which are located near the northeast corner close to Beacon Street.

Charles River Esplanade: Waterfront Strolls & Shimmering Reflections

Winding along the Charles River from Beacon Hill to the Back Bay, this pleasant linear park absolutely pops in the autumn season. Flaming yellows and oranges fill the banks of the river, and the park's paved pathways are ideal for jogging and riding bikes. You'll also get the bonus of the trees' reflections in the water, which doubles the autumn colors - and makes for share-worthy snapshots. Look for the colorful mural by Boston artist Silvia Lopez Chavez along the way. Filled with people four seasons of the year, the beloved Esplanade beckons you to go for a slow stroll along the water. Don't rush it. You'll find the lushest, leafiest part of the park from Berkeley Street in Back Bay to Charles River Dam Road in the West End.

Harvard Yard: Unwind in an Understated University Oasis

Fall foliage lights up the entire campus of Harvard University on both sides of the Charles River - but there's just something special about autumn in Harvard Yard. Perhaps it's that back-to-school energy, the football fever, or the youthful idealism. Students, dogs, and locals play and relax at Harvard Yard, a tree-lined green space with Grade A leaf-peeping. While you're there, you can take a tour of the historic campus or visit the Harvard Museum of Natural History. Or simply find a colorful chair and unwind.

Boston Harbor Fall Foliage Cruises: Fresh Air & Island Foliage

Set sail on a relaxing sightseeing cruise around historic Boston Harbor and feast your eyes on the brilliant colors of the season. Grab a hot apple cider and get comfy on an adventure to the Harbor Islands. Seeing the bright, warm colors of the fall foliage between the cool blues of the sea and sky is a real treat. Whether you want to go out for a couple of hours or spend all day long on the water, you'll find a cruise to suit your style - and there are plenty to choose from. There are luncheon cruises, brunch cruises, and dinner cruises. You can also take a day trip to lovely Cape Cod, or opt for a cruise up the Charles River. Need help deciding which fall foliage cruise is right for you? Our front desk staff will be happy to help you out with the most current information and savvy local recommendations.

Be Revered on Your Fall Getaway at the Revere Hotel Boston Common

Surround yourself by the most inspiring fall foliage in the city at our spirited, charming hotel. A legend has been reborn at Revere Hotel Boston Common, a well-crafted urban retreat with authentic Boston character and amazing amenities. Enjoy stunning skyline views from our rooftop lounge, a true oasis that feels effortless and casual-cool. Wholly unique and original, our locally-inspired refuge lets you craft your ideal Boston adventure - from authentic New England eats at Rebel's Guild restaurant to enviable packages that are packed with local treats. And did we mention the local artwork in the rooms? The chic meeting spaces and sleek lobby bar? Everything you need for an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind Boston experience is right here. Wondering where to see fall foliage in Boston? Let us show you. Make Revere Hotel your home base for the ultimate New England autumn getaway.

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