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Fall foliage around Boston

‘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’re patiently awaiting crisp autumn breezes and sweater weather, this roundup is for you.

We are still over a week away from the first official day of fall (save the date: Saturday, Sept. 23) but we can start playing I Spy for fall foliage around the Greater Boston area.

According to experts like Yankee Magazine + The Old Farmer’s Almanac, peak foliage will happen in early-to-mid October. That doesn’t mean we won’t see splashes of fall colors very soon. Long story short — due to our extremely wet and humid summer, local trees are experiencing some stress, which can cause leaves to start turning early.

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 an Autumn in the Arboretum tour on Wednesday, Oct. 11. The event will celebrate the autumn colors + educate guests about the leaves + unique seeds and fruits appearing on the branches.

🍁 Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge
This location is perfect for leaf peeping during 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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