I don’t know about you, but I’m totally THRILLED that crisp mornings & chunky sweaters have arrived in Boston! It’s my favorite season of the year, and the best part of being a Texan-turned-New-Englander.
In the spirit of the season, I thought I would share a few of my favorite FREE things to do in Boston during our most beautiful season! Enjoy, and send me some pictures of your own adventures!
1) Stroll around the Boston Public Garden.
I love photographing sessions at the Boston Public Garden so much that I often arrive really early just to spend a minute taking in all of the beautiful sights. Grab a pumpkin spice latte from my favorite nearby coffee shop, Thinking Cup, and wander through the garden! This spot is A+ for interesting people-watching, too!
2) Explore Beacon Hill.
This neighborhood definitely wins the award for best autumn/Halloween decorations! Enjoy the elaborate and colorful window boxes, tiny gaslit streets, brick sidewalks, and impressive pumpkin displays lining the stairs of the brownstones. While you’re there, you’ll definitely want to pay a visit to Acorn Street, the most photographed cobblestone street in all of America! I photograph sessions there often, so say hi if you see me. 🙂
3) Go pick some apples!
The best way to work off the calories in your cider doughnut is by picking tons of apples! My personal favorite orchard is Tougas Family Farm in Northborough. They’re open Tuesday to Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM.
4) Explore Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge.
This is the first rural cemetery in America, and it’s absolutely stunning! Be sure to climb to the top of Washington Tower for my all-time favorite bird’s-eye view of Boston. The timing of the leaves changes every year, but for reference, the following iPhone image was taken on November 1st, 2015. After you’re done walking, head to L.A. Burdick for the best hot chocolate you’ll ever have in your life.
5) Venture out to the Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain.
This is one of the most under-appreciated treasures that Boston has to offer! Because it’s located a little outside of the city, it’s a lot more quiet than the downtown parks. It’s a great place for families to visit because there’s parking and plenty of space for strollers! If you’re up for a little hike, climb up to the top of Peters Hill for an incredible view of the skyline!