It’s Fall, Y’all! 19 Must-Do Activities for Boston Families


Isn’t fall just the most beautiful time of year in Boston? We think so! With November on the horizon and Halloween around the corner, now is the perfect time to plan all your fall family activities in Boston. From corn mazes to stargazing, there are tons of ideas here to your family out and exploring this fall. Which activity will be your favorite!

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1. Pick the perfect gourd at one of these local pumpkin patches.

2. While you are there, run through a corn maze and see how fast you can make it out! 

3. Then snag one of these pumpkin carving templates and go to town!

4. Bake up some pumpkin treats to get your house smelling like fall.

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5. Apple picking season is still in full effect and you can head to one of these orchards to see what’s available. 

6. Up your family movie night game with a projector that is totally kid friendly

7. Plan a movie night and watch It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

8. Cook up a ghoulishly good dinner to add a spooky flair to your dinner table. 

9. Build a bonfire and make s’mores. While you can do this anytime, there’s something about those chilly nights that really make this special. Amp up your s’mores game with these unique takes on the classic treat.

10. Plan out a day of fall science experiments

11. Tea parties are always fun. But, an apple cider tea party? That screams fall all over.


12. Pizza picnics at Appleton Farms are just about the best way to spend a Friday night. 

13. Build a fort outside. The weather is still nice enough for long outdoor afternoons. Take advantage and help your kids get set up with their own pad

14. Watch the birds fly south for the winter. Look up to see those V-shaped groups of feathered friends heading for warmer pastures.


15. When the days cool down a bit, it’s the perfect time to head out on a family hike

16. Shop your local farmer’s market. Glossy red apples, stew-worthy root veggies and a cornucopia of squashes are waiting for you at your local farmer’s market in autumn. Get yours before the markets go on hiatus for the winter.

17. Make a pillow fort and read Halloween books. Our favorites can be found here.

18. Head to Chestnut Hill Farm to read and hike your way through the Storywalk

19. Find constellations in the night sky. Fall’s shorter days and longer nights mean kids don’t have to stay up too late to find dazzling patterns overhead. Here’s our step-by-step guide to stargazing with kids.

—Kate Loweth


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