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Top Recommendations for Fall in Boston

Posted by Becky Shade on Sep 11, 2015 2:08:00 PM

Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons here in the city and we’ll be making the most of it! The season is just around the corner and if you’re taking a fall trip to Boston, it’s a great time to start planning. We’ve put together a long list of fall activities in Boston, and some just outside the city that make for great day trips. In this post, we’re highlighting 10 of our favorite things to do in Boston as well as our full downloadable guide that offers 40 things to do, including a section dedicated to day trips. Scroll to the bottom of this post to get the full guide to Fall in Boston!

1. Take a Ghost Tour
A ghost tour is the perfect way to learn about the haunted history of the city. Haunted Boston (by foot) and Ghosts & Gravestones (by trolley with some walking) are both great options. Ghost Tours fill especially quickly for the month of October, so it’s wise to make reservations well in advance.

2. Stroll through the new Boston Public Market.
The new Boston Public Market is a year-round market offering locally sourced food either originated or produced here in Massachusetts. The market is the first of its kind in the United States and is a project 15 years in the making! The market opened at the end of July and has generated a lot of buzz, making it one of our highest recommendations for this fall. The market offers everything from “farm-fresh produce, meat and poultry, eggs, milk and cheese, fish and shellfish, bread and baked goods, flowers, and an assortment of specialty and prepared foods.” Shopping at the market offers a great opportunity to support the local economy and to connect directly with the producers.

3. Support local artists and makers at SoWa Sunday.
The South End Open Market at SoWa is a weekly market is part Artist Market, part Vintage Market and part Farmers Market with a side of Food Trucks. With everything in one place, it’s a popular destination every Sunday, where it runs from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Twenty-five of the city’s best food trucks, like Roxy’s Grilled Cheese and Mei Mei Street Kitchen offer a wide variety of cuisine and are the best way to re-fuel after a day of shopping the market. The South End Open Market runs through Sunday, October 25th  and there’s typically a special Halloween edition of the market to celebrate the last weekend.

4. Harpoon Brewery Tour and Tasting
Brewery Tours at Harpoon (in the Seaport) run every day of the week and cost just $5. Guests get to see behind the scenes and learn about the brewing process. Afterwards, settle in a the beer hall and to enjoy the brews you just learned about and be sure to order a pretzel as well! Additional information about the tours can be found here.


5. Head of the Charles Regatta
The Head of the Charles is a 2-day rowing event that draws thousands of athletes from across the world to compete and over 300,000 spectators join to watch. Always the third weekend in October, this year it falls on Saturday, October 17th & Sunday, October 19th. Spectators can sit and watch the races or stroll along the Charles River. Many sponsors and food vendors set-up along the river and we recommend bringing a picnic blanket so you can sit and eat while you watch.


6. Treat Yourself to a Doughnut at Blackbird Doughnuts
Still less than a year old, Blackbird Doughnuts has quickly become a neighborhood favorite in the South End. They offer rotating flavors like Salted Toffee, Blackberry Lavendar and Boston Cream Bismark. They also offer cake doughnuts and soft serve ice cream. Not interested in a doughnut for breakfast? Blackbird is open late into the evening so you can fulfill your craving any time of day. Sunday-Thursday from 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM and Friday & Saturday from 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM.

7. Browse Brattle Book Shop The Brattle, in Downtown Crossing, is one of America’s oldest and largest used book shops with a stock of over 250,000 books. They offer two floors of general used books and a floor of antiquarian books – and occasionally bargain books in their outdoor sale lot! The Brattle Book Shop has been around since 1825 and is a must-see for book lovers.

8. Catch a Concert at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion There’s nothing better than sitting outside and listening to a favorite artist or band play on a crisp fall evening with a beer in hand. September concerts at this venue in the Seaport include artists like Little Big Town & David Nail, Death Cab for Cutie, Jackson Browne and The Decemberists. Concerts at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion run through the end of September and you can see the full calendar of events here.

9. Experience “The Science Behind Pixar” at the Museum of Science
Pixar is behind many beloved animated films and animated characters of our time. For a limited time at the Museum of Science you can get an insider look at the production process and get hands-on in The Science Behind Pixar exhibit. The exhibit celebrates the magic that happens when you merge art and science. The traveling exhibit is on display through January 10th so you have plenty of time to see it!

10. Treat yourself to a pastry at Mike’s or Modern Pastry in the North End
No trip to Boston is complete without a pastry from one of these two North End establishments! Mike’s Pastry seems to be favored by Boston guidebooks, but in our opinion, Modern Pastry matches their quality (and usually has less of a wait). We love their cannolis and the lobster tails are stellar too!

Download Fall40 Guide

We’d love to see what fall activities you experience when you’re here in Boston! Add the hashtag #BostonFall40 to your posts on Twitter and Instagram and be sure to tag the Inn at St. Botolph @InnAtStBotolph. Happy Fall planning!

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