When to Go in Boston

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Boston is a great place to go any time of the year and there is always something to do, but autumn is the most beautiful time to visit. New England is known for the magnificent changing of the leaves you will see golds, reds, and oranges flaming from the branches of trees in the fall.


In the fall the temperatures average between 50 to 70 degrees and the summer humidity disappears. A jacket is advisable gear especially if you are spending any time near the water where the temperatures tend to be a bit colder.

The fall season from September to October does bring many visitors to Boston because of the changing leaves. A hike on the city’s Freedom Trail is a great way to see the fall foliage. Make sure to take pictures along the way of the city against the golds and reds of the leaves.

Festivals and Celebrations

In and around Boston, fall is the time for lots of little quaint festivals where you can partake of seasonal delicacies, shop for crafts and antiques, and watch artists demonstrate their crafts.

The King Richard’s Faire is a Renaissance Festival that is open weekends every year from the beginning of September to the end of October in nearby Carver, MA. Here you will find a 16th century forest village with food, handcraft shops, and people that act out as if they lived during the Renaissance. Costs are $26 adults and $15 for children.

The RiverSing along the Charles in Cambridge outside of Boston celebrates the first day of fall. There are local soloists and choirs and you are invited to sing along.

The Boston Folk Festival usually occurs during the second weekend of September. There are performers singing and a songwriting contest. This is usually held at UMass Boston campus.

The middle of October the Head of the Charles Regatta takes place on the Charles River. This is a race established by the Cambridge Boat Club with advisors from Harvard University. The race runs 3 miles where long boats race against each other. This has been happening over 45 years and more than 7500 people compete in 55 different events.

There is so much more to see in Boston and around the area including Cape Cod during the fall. Cranberries are harvested and there is a cranberry harvest, there are oyster shucking competitions and festivals, scallop festivals, antique shows, cycling and other sporting festivals and events and all against the backdrop of some of the most brilliant and beautiful leaves anywhere on earth.

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