As chlorophyll production slows down in the cooler weather, so the leaves change from their summer green to yellow through gold, orange, russet, red, maroon, and even purple. This is when visitors from around the globe congregate to view the spectacular displays in Massachusetts and New England. We have put together a list of great venues for a spectacular show of fall color in 2017 from city parks to country drives.
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