If you haven’t been to New England in the autumn, you haven’t truly experienced New England. Of course, the northeast corner of the country is a beautiful place year round, but nothing is quite like fall in this historic part of the United States, as the deciduous trees radiate with vibrant colored leaves.
If you live in a part of the country where seasons aren’t equated with drastic changes in climate, you’ll love the feel in the air as summer comes to a close and fall ushers in the coming winter. But even if you live in New England or an area like it, autumn activities seem never to get old. There are so many reason to spend Fall in New England: here are five best Boston attractions that will delight the whole family.
1. Scenic Foliage Drives
In the fall, tourists flock from all over to see the magnificent foliage as green leaves turn to a kaleidoscope of yellows, oranges, reds, and browns practically before your eyes. It’s such a spectacular and beautiful phenomenon that taking a drive in New England in the fall is entertainment in itself. “Leaf-peepers” flock to the area in such numbers that you’ll want to book your accommodations in advance. Some popular foliage drives are on the Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire, along the Mohawk Trail in Massachusetts, and around Moosehead Lake on Route 15 in Maine. Of course, all of the New England states offer fantastic views of the foliage. Peak season is usually around mid-October but differs slightly depending on how far north you are.
2. Perfect Weather for Nature Activities
Fall in New England is equated with crisp, cool air that is perfect for many outdoor activities like hiking and biking. In this span of time before New Englanders break out their winter coats and after bathing suits have been put to rest for the year, New Englanders happily cozy up in sweaters and sweatshirts. What’s more, the many New England trails are all the more beautiful in the fall, and hiking or biking are great daytime activities for travelers with kids. Some of the best places to hike and bike are Acadia National Park in Maine or the White Mountains Region in New Hampshire. Another fun idea for fall is to take in the scenic views with a cruise. Sail around a tree-lined lake like Champlain in Vermont or cruise through coastal Cape Ann in Massachusetts.
3. Harvest Season
If crunchy apples, big orange pumpkins, warm cider, and pure maple syrup sound like a treat to you, you absolutely must visit New England in the fall. Farm stands will be bustling and filled to the brim with goodies such as these and much more. If you’re a do-it-yourself kind of person, you can even pick your own apples and pumpkins. Taking a hayride from a farm stand down to a pumpkin patch (a common option in New England) is a daytime activity that kids will love and remember for years to come. Another cool thing about harvest season is that you’ll see rows and rows of cornstalks along New England back roads. Recently, some farmers have turned their corn crops into elaborately designed “corn mazes” that are lots of fun for all age groups.
4. Haunted Happenings
As the oldest and most historic area of the United States, it’s no surprise that you can feel history breathing down your neck in New England. And with Halloween dominating October, New Englanders (and tourists who love a good scare) fully appreciate any and all haunted happenings in the fall. Crisp October nights under a dark sky and full moon are magnificently eerie in old New England towns. One of the best places to visit for a bit of spooky amusement is the “witch town” of Salem, Massachusetts where in Colonial days, witch hunts and trials were conducted that often resulted in the execution of convicted “witches.” The town comes to life in autumn with dozens of haunted amusements that range from entertaining to historical. For a bit of both, try the Salem Witch Museum, the town’s most visited attraction.
5. History in Full Bloom
Salem isn’t the only place in New England where history comes to life in the fall. Whether it’s the harvest produce, the crisp inviting air, or the lessons about pilgrims and Native Americans that are so typical of classroom curriculums as Thanksgiving approaches, something about autumn just says quintessential New England. If you’re traveling with kids, fall is the perfect time to complement your children’s elementary school history lessons with a visit to Plimoth Plantation or the chance to see real maple syrup made just as it was in the 1700s. Other historic Boston attractions perfect for the fall include the House of Seven Gables in Salem and the Freedom Trail in Boston.