New England is well-known for its fall foliage, but you don’t have to travel far or purchase an expensive tour to see some great fall foliage in the area. In fact, in this second of a two-part series, we will explore some places where you can spot lovely fall foliage without having to leave the city of Boston.
Rose Kennedy Greenway
Boasting trees, shrubs, ornamental grasses and perennials, the Rose Kennedy Greenway is particularly colorful in the Chinatown section in the fall. Along the stream and waterfall, you will find small trees and grasses along with peonies and rhododendrons. More colorful trees can be spotted by walking north to the North End, where you can also stop for a carousel ride.
Back Bay Fens
Situated long Muddy River as part of the “Emerald Necklace” parks, Back Bay Fens is filled with gorgeous trees offering lovely fall color. In fact, you can find some of the most brilliant foliage in the area at the famed Kellecher Rose Gardens and the Victory Gardens, which is located near the northwest tip of the Fens.
Established in 1879, the Back Bay Fens was developed in response to pollution caused by a mill company’s dam’s basin. Today, the Back Bay Fens continues to be loved and utilized for a variety of recreational purposes. In addition to the Kellecher Rose Gardens, it is also home to a baseball field and memorials for World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
Another jewel in the “Emerald Necklace” of parks, the Arnold Arboretum is home to a collection of almost 5,000 different species of trees. Open from sunrise to sundown every day of the year, the 265-acre Arboretum is free to enjoy. Head to the Arboretum on the last Sunday of October to enjoy the annual Boston Fall Foliage Festival. The free event offers guided toward as well as opportunities to enjoy story telling, apples, cider, music and leaf crafts. The Arboretum is located in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood at 125 Arborway.
Mount Auburn Cemetery
Boasting more than 5,000 trees representing 630 species, the Mount Auburn Cemetery is an excellent place to view fall foliage. Founded by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society in 1831 and known as America’s first garden cemetery, the 175-acre Mount Auburn is characterized by its rolling hills, ponds, dells and woodlands.
Mount Auburn Cemetery is located just to the north of Boston in Cambridge. It is easily accessible by T. The cemetery is free to enter and is open from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm October through April and until 7:00 pm from May through September.
While fall foliage can be enjoyed in Boston throughout the season, peak time generally occurs around the third week of October. Depending upon weather conditions, this may vary by a week or two earlier or later. If there has not been much rainfall during the summer, the leaves may start to change in early September. Otherwise, the change generally begins somewhere around mid-September with most color gone by around mid-November. In some cases, traces of fall color can even last into early December.