Exploring Fall Foliage in Boston: Part 1


Boston is a great place to explore fall foliage, and October is a great time of the year to see what the area has to offer. In this first of a two-part series, we will explore some great places where you can go to check out some beautiful fall foliage in the city of Boston.

Back Bay, Beacon Hill and Bay Village

Several Boston neighborhoods offer great opportunities to enjoy fall foliage. Among these are Back Bay, Beacon Hill and Bay Village. Spend a few minutes walking through any of these elegant neighborhoods and you will be treated with a panorama of colorful leaves boasting varied textures.

In Back Bay, the statue-filled Commonwealth Avenue boasts a long park down the center that offers beautiful views. Walk all the way down Commonwealth Avenue to Hereford Street, take two rights and walk back on Marlborough Square for a particularly enjoyable fall foliage stroll. The narrow lanes and alleys of Beacon Hill are filled with colorful leaf opportunities, with the walk down Mount Vernon Street to the tree-filled Louisburg Square offering a particularly lovely walk.

The South End also offers great fall foliage viewing opportunities at the Southwest Corridor Park. Reach the park by crossing Dartmouth Street from Back Bay Station. Take a detour through the neighborhood’s small streets on your way back to enjoy even more foliage.

Boston Common and the Public Garden

Located in the heart of the city, the Boston Common and the Public Garden offers a spectacular color display throughout the fall. While the Boston Common is comprised of spacious fields and stately specimen trees, the Public Garden boasts dense groupings of trees and shrubs. These groupings change color at slightly different times, creating an ongoing and constantly shifting tapestry of colors. As an added bonus, the labels beneath the trees will tell you exactly what you are looking at. Meanwhile, you can also enjoy the stunning views of Mallard Island, where you may also spot a few ducks hanging out in the water.

The Public Garden is located in central Boston on Charles Street and across from the Commons. The sites are bordered by Beacon Street, Boylston Street, Park Street and Arlington Street.

The Esplanade

Located along the Charles River across from Beacon Hill and Back Bay, the linear Boston Esplanade park transforms into a sea of gold and orange in October. Bicycle, walk or job along the river paths and bring your camera to take beautiful photos of the colorful leaves you discover along the river.

To get to the Boston Esplanade, you will need to cross over the busy Storrow Drive on a pedestrian footbridge from either the Back Bay or Beacon Hill. From Beacon Hill, take the bridge near the Charles/MGH station and then turn left after crossing Storrow Drive. From Back Bay, use the Arthur Fiedler footbridge located near the intersection of Beacon and Arlington streets.


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