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Things to do in Boston in Fall 2017

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Author: Tim Weber

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Things to do in Boston in Autumn/Fall 2017

Boston may be more famous for its freezing, unforgiving winters, but let’s not forget how glorious fall can be here too. With red and gold colored foliage, crisp autumnal breezes and the scent of spiced apple, Boston is at its most beautiful during the fall months. From ice-skating on Boston Common to watching the Head of the Charles Regatta, here are some of the best things to do in Boston this fall.

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Things to do in Boston in October 2017

Columbus Day Parade

Boston's Columbus Day Parade pays tribute to Christopher Columbus, the city’s Italian heritage, and the armed forces’ contributions to freedom. On Sunday October 8, Boston's North End will be the setting for this parade, and residents and visitors will flock to the streets in their thousands to watch this iconic event go by. There’ll be bands, floats, performers, clowns, military units and vintage cars parading down the street, so make sure you bring a camera.

Head of the Charles Regatta
The racing boats that power along the Charles River are already a famous Boston sight, but in late October things step up. More than 8,000 amateur and professional rowers from around the world will gather for the Head of the Charles Regatta, and watching this race is a classic Boston fall activity. There are great viewing spot from both the Cambridge and Boston sides of the river, and admiring the gorgeous fall foliage all around you is an added bonus.

Things to do in Boston in November 2017

Ice-skating at Frog Pond

In Boston, one of the first signs that the holidays are approaching is the opening of the city ice rink. Located on Boston Common, Frog Pond will open on November 22 at 10am, with free admission until 4pm. You can rent skates at the rink, and once you’ve finished can keep warm with some delicious hot chocolate and Belgium waffles at the Lily Pad Cafe.

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Explore the Freedom Trail

November is the best time of year to explore Boston’s Freedom Trail. Chilly enough to keep you walking briskly, but not so cold you can’t stop to enjoy the scenery, strolling along the famous red brick road is a great autumnal activity. Make a day of it and break for lunch at the historic Union Oyster House, or bustling Quincy Market food Hall. If it’s a warm November, pick up a snack at Boston Public Market and eat it alfresco at the Greenway.

Cruise around Boston Harbor
You may think that a cruise is more of a summer activity, but a Boston holiday cruise is a great way to get into the festive spirit. Climb aboard the Northern Lights, a cosy 1920s-style luxury New England yacht, where you can admire unparalleled city views as you cruise. Featuring live music, glittering holiday decor and warming drinks, this is a wonderfully unique way to see another side of Boston.

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Fall is one of the times of year that sets Boston apart. When other cities baton down the hatches for winter, Bostonians get to enjoy green open spaces turning into leafy parkland walks. For more ideas of what to do when in town, check out YOTEL’s Things to do in Boston city guide

Author: Tim Weber

Tim Weber is the Digital and Social Media Manager at YOTEL Boston.

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