Fall folliage around Boston, MA

‘Tis the season for sweatah weatha + leaf peeping.


A sunset at the Esplanade in the fall delivers twice as many colors.

Photo via @oschapov

If you felt the crisp autumn breeze last week and immediately started pulling out your favorite sweater, this round up is for you.

This Thurs., Sept. 22 is the first official day of fall and it’s only a matter of time before we start playing I Spy for fall foliage around the Greater Boston area. According to the experts like Yankee Magazine + SmokyMountains.com, peak foliage will happen in mid-to late October. That doesn’t mean we won’t see splashes of fall colors very soon.

If a road trip to Vermont or on the Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire isn’t on your fall agenda, here are five places to peep the changing leaves locally.

🍁 The Esplanade
Exploring the three-mile path along the Charles River will provide a colorful stroll, especially from Beacon Hill to Back Bay. While you’re in the area, don’t miss a photo opp along Acorn Street or on the Commonwealth Avenue Mall.

🍁 Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway
Save the date for the Crabapple and Maple Festival on Sat., Oct. 15. The event will celebrate the autumn colors + educate guests about the species of maples and crabapples from around the world.

🍁 Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge
This location is perfect for leaf peeping for spooky season. It’s a National Historic Landmark + the first rural cemetery in the US.

🍁 Harvard Yard, 2 Kirkland St., Cambridge
Visiting the Cambridge campus during fall will give new meaning to the Harvard crimson.

🍁 Blue Hills Reservation, 725 Hillside, Milton
Take a hike through the Blue Hills right outside of Boston (~30 minute drive) to explore the 7,000-acre state park.

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