Places to See New England Fall Foliage In & Around Boston

Nothing can quite compare to the beauty of the fall foliage in New England.

Leaf peepers come from all over to see the vibrant bursts of color that make up nature’s fireworks. Head to Boston and check out these top areas for prime New England foliage viewing.

Take a Boston Fall Foliage Bike Tour

boston-bike-tour-fall-foliageConsider taking a beautiful bike ride the Urban AdvenTours Fall Foliage Bike Tour of Boston. The 3-hour bike tour is one the best ways for tourists and Boston residents alike to see some of the best sights, smells and scenes that the Hub has to offer in the Fall.

The 15-mile Fall Foliage Bike Tour will cover:

  • The Boston Common and Public Garden
  • The famous Charles River Esplanade
  • The Museum of Fine Arts
  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
  • The Rose Kennedy Greenway
  • The Arnold Arboretum

Take a Charlies River Tour to See Beautiful Boston

charles-river-fall-foliageThe Charles River Cruise or Boston’s famous Duck Tour in the fall months are especially scenic as the leaves reflect off the water of the Charles River.

Plus, they’re a great way to soak up the season and Bostonian history. Both tours are available through October—prime Fall New England foliage time.

For a more romantic view of bursting fall foliage, float along the esplanade in authentic Venetian gondolas during the Harvest Moon Tour. Your private, serenaded tour will take you along the lagoons and canals of the Charles River, while you enjoy a complimentary basket of goodies and take in a display of fall foliage.

Check out Boston Commons & The Public Gardens

fall foliageHead here to see a rich array of golds, yellows, and reds against the city skyline and manicured walkways, ponds and statues.

The Boston Public Gardens are a short walk from Beacon Hill, a neighborhood full of 19th century charm, where you can warm up with cider or coffee in any of the coffeehouses along Charles and Cambridge streets.

Many of the trees in the gardens change color earlier in the season, so this – so splashes of autumn color can usually be seen first here.

Or, combine natural beauty with historic pop culture by grabbing a drink at the iconic bar, Cheers, located just across the street from the floral oasis.

Schedule a Visit to Harvard Yard

harvard-fall-foliage-2Littered with students, professors, dogs, and children, Harvard Yard is a great spot for leaf peeping.

As you stroll through the tree-lined grassy common, stop by the infamous John Harvard Statue, a frequent target of local pranks, to give your New England fall day a collegiate twist (don’t forget to rub the statue’s feet for good luck!).

Take the Hahvahd Walking Tour – its the most popular tour of Harvard University and you will be sure to learn a great deal about the school while taking in the beautiful colors of the changing leaves.

While you are here, be sure to check out the Harvard Museum of Natural History, which contains a one-of-a-kind glass display of over 3,000 plant species which will be sure to amaze botanists and tourists alike.

New England Foliage Outside of Boston


It wouldn’t be a proper New England fall visit without a taste of life outside of Boston. Relax and take in quiet countryside ablaze with a beautiful New England Fall Foliage Tours by Brush Hill Tours.

Guests of the tour will have the chance to experience the gently rolling New England countryside and take in all the hues that are produced by a slowly departing summer.

Watching the leaves change color while traveling past quiet ponds, historic farms, weathered roadside taverns colonial churches and quaint village greens is a great way to spend a day.

Another great place to visit during the Fall that will give you a firsthand view of what the historic region has to offer is a Lexington and Concord Tour. The 90-minute tour will take you on a trolley ride along historic Battle Road as you visit some of the most important sites of the American Revolution.

Guests of the tour will visit the Lexington Battle Green, Buckman Tavern, the Hancock-Clarke House, Minute Man National Historical Park, Meriam’s Corner, the North Bridge and many other historic places.

When is the Best Time to See New England Foliage?

peak-foliage-times-in-new-englandWondering when to plan your Boston visit to coincide with when the foliage is at it’s peak?

This fall foliage map will help you to make sure you catch the peak of color!

Each year, the changing of the leaves tend to begin at different times. However, generally speaking, you’ll start to see splashes of color around mid-September.

By early October, fall leaf colors becomes more pronounced. Peak season usually comes in about the 3rd week of October.

By early November, the most vivid fall leaf colors may unfortunately be gone, so be sure to get here sooner rather than later.
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