The Commonwealth Blog

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Where to View the Fall Foliage

In late September through November, Boston transforms into a beautiful splash of red, orange, and yellow—it’s why fall is one of our favorite times of the year in Beantown. Whether they’re new to the city or they’ve lived here for many years, residents always get a kick out of watching the leaves turn into a colorful collage. Here’s where to get a glimpse of some of the city’s most beautiful fall landscapes.

Public Garden

Head to Boston’s Public Garden to witness the first round of changing leaves. The small, ornamental Japanese maple trees are some of the first to turn each season, showing splashes of bright red hues. The garden contains clusters of trees and shrubs from around the world that change color at slightly different times, so onlookers can see a varied display. Look for the brass labels with botanical names to identify the trees you’re looking at.

Boston Common

Did you know Boston Common is spotted with 700 oak, beech, chestnut, maple, and elm trees? Some of them change color later in the season, allowing visitors to enjoy a range of colors all through November—sometimes December. Spanning 44 acres, this historic park is a great place to spend a day strolling with coffee or cider in hand.

Harvard Yard

You can do much more than leaf peeping here. Amble through the commons to see the John Harvard Statue, take a Harvard walking tour, and check out the Harvard Museum of Natural History to get the full college experience—taking in the school’s surrounding beauty is a plus!

The Esplanade

We love exploring the beautiful fall foliage at the Esplanade on foot or by bike. The park and pathways run along the Charles River from Beacon Hill to Back Bay and beyond, so you’ve got plenty of territory to cover if you want to make a day of leaf peeping.ou’ll also have the pleasure of seeing the trees’ images reflected in the water.

Go on a Duck Tour

Take a 70-minute excursion around the Charles River Basin on one of Boston’s famous Duck Tours. The leaves reflect off the Charles River to give viewers a breathtaking view of the river and city at large.

Enjoy a Cozy Fall Season

Autumn is a highly anticipated season for those who love to watch the leaves change color. Whether you’re visiting from another part of the country or you call Boston home, we hope you enjoy the beginning of fall.


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