The transition from summer to fall in Boston, with its slightly cooler days, stunning sunsets, and changing foliage, is easy to love. Here are 5 places to enjoy the multi-colored foliage in Boston this fall—don’t forget to take your camera along with you on this beautiful walk!
Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
One of Boston’s best kept secrets, the Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain is a joy in every season, but especially come fall when the park turns shades of orange, yellow, and red. Stop at the Visitor’s Center to get information on what flora and fauna to look for while you explore the 281-acre park on foot.
Commonwealth Avenue Mall
Commonwealth Avenue Mall is a lush tree-lined park, part of the city’s Emerald Necklace that spans the length of Commonwealth Avenue in Boston, and acts as both an urban green space and an outdoor museum with sculptures of notable Americans including Alexander Hamilton, William Lloyd Garrison, and Phyllis Wheatley. Grab a coffee from parallel Newbury Street and admire the changing foliage from one of the many benches scattered throughout the mall.
There is hardly a better perch to watch the changing foliage than at the Public Garden. Pack a picnic or take out lunch from nearby Tatte Bakery and spread out a blanket to admire the 24-acre garden, the first botanical one in the country when it was established in 1837. The Swan Boats operate until September 17 for those looking to see the foliage from the pond.
Mount Auburn Cemetery
In addition to acting as a final resting place for generations of Bostonians including Dorothea Dix, Mary Baker Eddy, and Isabella Stewart Gardner, Mount Auburn is a leaf peeper’s paradise, with 174 acres of maintained trees, flowers, and shrubs. Keep an eye out for Sugar and Japanese Maples and Scarlet Oak turning glorious shades of fall hues.
The Charles River Esplanade
Come to the Charles River Esplanade throughout the year at sunset and the Charles River and adjacent lagoon seem to shimmer gold, but even more so in the fall when the leaves start to change hues. After walking the Esplanade’s paved pathways you’re in perfect position for a leisurely stroll through Beacon Hill.