Boston is known as one of the most rewarding cities in America to visit. But what is the best season to visit this historic New England city? While arguably there is no bad time to visit Boston, certainly one of the best times of year to see Boston is in the autumn. Boston is one of the oldest cities in all of the United States and is a city everyone should visit. The New England city has many things on offer to see and explore.

Here are some reasons why one should visit Boston in the fall, and see here for how to plan a perfect weekend in Boston.


The Autumn Atmosphere In Boston

Students Are Back At School

Boston is full of schools with over 50 colleges and universities in the Boston area. This brings in another 150,000 or so people to the city. With all the students back in town and looking for a good time, the city and the nightlife come alive. The city's restaurants, bars, parks, and nightlife roar to life and are bursting with energy. This gives the city a very vibrant vibe in the autumn months.

  • Students: The Students Return And The Bars And Nightlife Are Full Of Life

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The Weather

While everyone has a different taste of weather, arguably fall's weather is just nice and pleasant. Summer is another great time, but the weather then can also be quite hot and humid during the height of summer. One no longer needs to hide from the humid heat of summer in an airconditioned building. Beantown is stunning in the autumn with mild and sunny days. Going deeper into fall and the weather may be getting a little crisp so remember to bring a sweater.

  • Fall Weather: Sunny, Mild, Sometimes A Bit Crisp
  • Boston Common: Beautiful Park, and America's Oldest City Park
  • Temperature: October Average High 61 °F, Average Low 41 °F

Foliage Of Autumn & Festivties

Boston is in New England and of course, New England is world-famous for its dazzling colorful foliage. The many trees turn into a flaming red and yellow and orange. The streets, parks, and neighborhoods are stunning and really are a must-see in these months. See here for information about Boston's fall foliage tours.

Take a stroll through the city's Boston Public Garden and see the autumn leaves at their best. The garden is home to many stunning elm trees in their full autumn bloom. The Public Garden dates back to the Victorian era and contains dense groupings of specimen trees and shrubs from all around the world. One of the great things about this diversity is the trees change colors at different times with the garden's tapestry of autumnal tones constantly in a state of change. It even has late-blooming roses.

  • Tip: Take A Leisurely Ride On The Boston Public Garden's Swan Boats
  • Freedom Trail: One Of The Best Trails That Now Doubles Up As A Foliage Tour
  • Other Trails To Hike: Whale Trail, Black Heritage, or Equality Trail
  • Isabella Steward Gardner Museum: Be Sure To Checkout Its Stunning Fall Indoor Courtyard
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Boston Harbor Cruises

These are a great way to see and explore the city's most important historic sites. Including Boston's Harbor Islands and seeing Boston's city skyline from the water. There are many types of cruises on offer - even of tall ships or cruises with gourmet dinners and dancing with the sunset. Most of them leave from the downtown wharves or the Fan Pier across Fort Point Channel. The largest and oldest company is Boston Harbor Cruises.

  • Time: Most Habor Cruises Last Between 45 Minutes To 3 Hours
  • Cruise: Take A Harbor Cruise Of The Stunning Boston Harbor

Sports, Festivals, And Markets

The fall is still the season for a large number of major sports, festivals, and markets. There are much too many to fully list here but here are some of them.

  • Head of the Charles Regatta: Scheduled For October 23-24
  • Laver Cup: Takes Place On September 24-26
  • Boston Marathon: The World Famous Marathon Is Tell In The Gillette Stadium And Will Run Once Again On October 11
  • Other Sports: Fenway Bowl & Ladies Ball

There are also a number of fall festivals being held over fall. These range from the food festival, to cultural celebrations, to farmers' markers.

  • Soulful Bliss: To Be Held On Spectacle Island On September 18
  • Savor The Square: To Be Held In Roxbury's Nubian Square On September 18
  • Dance for World Community: Held On Mass. Aven On September 25 (Organised By Jose Matteo Dance Ballet Theatre)
  • Faneuil Hall Marketplace: Great Time To Visit This Iconic Market, The Crowds Have Thinned Out But The Weather Is Still Nice

One can also consider day trips out of Boston. One of the great things to see and do near here is to see the living museum Plimoth Plantation and see the Mayflower II - a replica ship that brought the first pilgrims to Massachusetts.

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