October is the perfect time to take a tour of Boston. Whether you want to take in the colors of the fall foliage or enjoy a “spooky” tour in the spirit of Halloween, there are many self-guided and guided tours available to select from.
Fall Foliage Tours
The fall foliage typically reaches the peak of its beauty in October. Given the proximity of the New England states, you can easily take a multi-state tour from Boston through New Hampshire and Maine as you take in all of the lovely sights. If you want to let someone else do the driving, there are many companies offering fall foliage tours. Here is a look at a few of them.
- Fall Foliage Sightseeing Tour: Travels from Boston through New Hampshire, including a visit to Willard Brook State Forest and an apple orchard with cider-making demonstrations.
- Fall On Cape Cod Day Trip and Cruise: Travels from Boston through Quincy and the town of Sandwich. The tour includes a visit to the Dexter Grist Mills and ends with a cruise along Lewis Bay.
- New England Coastal Tour: Travels from Boston north through North Shore and along the coast of Maine. The tour includes stops at the quaint town of Kennebunkport and the Nubble Light in York.
Halloween Decorations Walking Tour
The historic homes on Beacon Hill frequently boast lavish and colorful Halloween decorations. A self-guided tour of the homes can start at either Chestnut Street or Mt. Vernon Street. Another option is to take a Beacon Hill photography tour, which will take you past the most beautifully decorated homes while also providing you with tips for taking the best photo. While photography tours through Beacon Hill are available throughout the year, Halloween is a particularly fun time to take one of these tours.
Beacon Hill with a BOO!
If you are looking for a tour that is a bit more adventurous, you might want to take the Beacon Hill with a BOO! tour. Available only on October 31st, the tour starts at 6:00 pm. During this tour, your guide will tell you about the spooks and haunts of the Beacon Hill neighborhood. Participants are invited to wear a costume on the tour, which costs $20 per person. Be sure to arrive 10 minutes before the tour starts and to wear comfortable walking shoes for the 90 minute tour.