There’s nothing better than getting outside and experiencing life as a family. In Boston, there’s so much to do that you could delve into a different activity every day. Whether you plan out a Thanksgiving trip or you need a long weekend as a family, we’ve got you set on all the family friendly fall activities in Boston. Check out our list of activities—you and your family will surely make some sensational memories.


Head to the Boston Children’s Museum

The Boston Children’s Museum offers an excellent way to spend time in Boston. If the rain rolls in, or you want to take a break from the crowded streets, visit the Children’s Museum. From the Maker’s Faire to storytelling and music, your kiddos have so many activities to enjoy. The museum boasts multiple exhibits, and our favorites include the Art Lab, Construction Zone, STEAM Lab, and the Gallery. No matter what your children enjoy, they’ll find something to capture their attention.

Enjoy Boston Book Festival

Another great way for your children to learn on your trip is to head out to the Boston Book Festival. The purpose of the festival is to celebrate “the power of words to stimulate, agitate, unite, delight, and inspire.” This October, you and your children can experience the beauty of literature. On Saturday, October 19th, the festival will hold various events for the kids to experience. Starting at ten o’clock, kids can enjoy story time from various authors like Jamaica Kincaid, Susan Choi, and John Rocco. You’ll see even more special guests!

Check Out the LEGO Discovery Museum

If you’ve got builders in your family, then you’ll definitely want to visit the LEGO Discovery Museum. Another place for a rainy fall day adventure, the museum has indoor rides, LEGO build and play zones, and a 4D cinema. They hold different themed events throughout the season, so make sure to check out their website before you go! It’s definitely an adventure.


Take a Day Trip

We think that one of the best ways to spend a vacation to Boston is by taking advantage of everything close to Boston. Day trips from Boston are vast, and with New England Trips, you get the chance to take a quick trip out to either Martha’s Vineyard, Newport, or Plymouth and Cape Cod. Either way, you’ll experience even more of New England’s fabulous charm. This also provides a great option for those long weekend trips for both native Bostonians or visiting travelers!

Rent Bikes

Another lovely adventure option while the weather still allows is getting the family together for day of bike rides and picnics. Plenty of businesses provide bicycle rentals, and your family can explore Boston at your own time and pace. Fall in New England has crisp, cool air perfect for outdoor activities. You can join a bike tour, or you can head out with your own map in mind. Make sure to pack a picnic, so you can admire the loveliness of the different Boston parks.

Head to the Zoo

Always a remarkable way to spend the day as a family, zoo trips make for both an adventure and a learning experience. You have many different options in or around Boston—Franklin Park Zoo, Southwick’s Zoo, Stone Zoo, Buttonwood Park Zoo, and the New England Aquarium are just a few. If you have little ones who love to admire animals, then visiting one of these zoos should go at the top of your itinerary. Many zoos offer different highlights throughout the day, whether that’s seal training or giraffe feeding. Southwick Zoo often gets referred to as one of the best zoos in New England, so if you have the time, you should definitely head on over.

Go Pumpkin and Apple Picking

If you didn’t get to do it at home, then you should make time for it at one of the most beautiful fall cities in the U.S! Nothing says fall in New England like a joyful family outing to an apple orchard or a pumpkin farm. Lucky for you, you have plenty of options to choose from in the Boston area, and all of our favorites have other fun activities included. From petting farms and corn mazes to apple cider doughnuts and live music, you’ll have a memorable day!


SOWA Open Market

Experience the glory of the autumn season, and head out to the SOWA Open Market. Kids will love exploring the market and all it has to offer, from artist paintings to food carts and more. Think of it as a bigger farmer’s market for you to experience and taste test. Each Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm, a three-block area along South End’s Harrison Avenue boasts some of the most creative, crafty, and tasty activities, trinkets, and treats out there. The food truck bazaar has 35 trucks, so if you have kids who love new flavors, this is definitely the market for you. You’ll also get to admire all of the open-air beauty of Boston.

Check Out Fall Foliage

If you come to Boston in the fall, you have to wander the city and take in all the breathtaking fall foliage. It’s almost unreal how much this busy city can make you feel like you stepped into the forest, so if you need to burn off some of your kid’s energy, then take a walk! Head to the Boston Common, Boston Public Garden, Arnold Arboretum, or even the Mount Auburn Cemetery to take in some of the most beautiful fall foliage spots in the city.

Wander the Fairs & Fests

Finally, our last fun family friendly fall activity in Boston comes in the form of the different fairs and festivals for the season. Every weekend, you can choose from various festival options for the family to enjoy. King Richard’s Faire is 80 acres of fun, the Frog Pond Pumpkin Float is an iconic event, and the Festival of Lights is quite winsome. Decide which weekend you’ll visit, and see all the fairs you have available to experience!

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