To make the experience hassle-free pack snacks and beverages for a treat when you stop with the kids to admire the scenery. Drive slowly as there will be plenty of wildlife around, making the most of the fall bounty – expect to see moose and deer and other smaller creatures. Make sure the gas tank is full – leaf peeping is the main activity, not ‘Let’s hunt for a gas station before we run out of fuel!’ It just stresses everyone out. Pack a couple of activities for the kids so they can get out and play with a bat and ball or frisbee. Diving into great drifts of leaves is an all-time fall favorite though – parents may even want to let loose and relive their childhood memories. Go on, show the kids how it’s done!
The Arboretum at Harvard University is a popular place for a stroll or a bike ride along the gentle pathways in this two hundred acres botanical garden, then perhaps a climb up the hill for a great view of Boston There are guides and volunteers to offer suggestions suitable for your group. Dogs are welcome here, if they are on a leash. The Leventritt Shrub and Vine Garden is particularly showy in October with spectacular color in the leaves and fruit, as well as some late season flowers in this terraced three-acre section. During October, the weekday free guided tours are available on Monday and Thursday at 10:30 am. Weekend free guided tours are available on Saturdays at 10:30 am and Sundays at 1:00 pm.
When: Open daily 7:00 am to 7:00 pm