A Day in the City
Boston is beautiful anytime of the year, but nothing matches the sight of the city in the fall. With the leaves changing colors, the cool weather for long walks, and Halloween hiding around the corner, Boston is a hub of activity. Whether you’re living in the area or are spending a day after class, these are some of the must-see destinations for a fall day without breaking the bank.
- Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market
Don’t know what you want to eat? Quincy Market has you covered. A giant walkway in the middle of the building lies between dozens of different restaurant kiosks. Anything from Italian, Indian, Chinese, pizza bagels, and fruit smoothies can be found to satisfy your pallet. Aren’t hungry? Small shops and kiosks can be found in the area selling jewelry, trinkets, and personalized items. Visit Faneuil Hall to be immersed in Boston’s rich history!
- Fenway Park
Built in 1912, Fenway Park has made a permanent influence on Boston as we know it. Located just a few stops away on the Green Line, near Kenmore Square, the park is a great place to visit even if a game isn’t being played. But of course, it’s better if there is! Plenty of restaurants can be found near the park as well.
- Capitol Building
You can’t miss the shiny golden dome of the Capitol Building. Located on Beacon Hill, the Capitol Building is a must-see for anyone visiting or living in Boston. While tours may be somewhat restricted, the view is enough to satisfy most fanatics. The great white building can even be seen from the Boston Common.
- Museum of Science
The Museum of Science is guaranteed to have something that will entertain anyone. We’re all intrinsically intrigued by science, so let your curiosity wander through the exhibits. Currently, the museum is featuring “Defeating Disease,” “Many Faces of our Mental Health,” and “New England Caterpillars: Life on the Leaf Edge” as their temporary exhibits.
- Museum of Fine Arts
The Museum of Fine Arts is absolutely beautiful and is always changing out exhibits and bringing in new artists. As a Suffolk student, your ID gets you into the museum for free, which is always a major incentive. There is also an option to use a portable listening device that tells you about each exhibit.
- Mike’s Pastry Shop
Just a short walk from Quincy Market in the North End is Mike’s Pastry Shop. Cannoli, tiramisu, and gelato are just three of the many options of genuine Italian pastries. Mike’s has been around since 1946, and has been serving up delicious cannoli ever since.
- Charles River Esplanade
Need to relax? The Charles River Esplanade will be just the thing you need. Only a short walk from downtown, the esplanade is a long strip of river coast featuring a small island accessible by bridge, perfect for anyone who wants to take the day and enjoy the shore.
- Boston Public Library
The BPL has been around since 1848 and is the second-largest library in the United States. Signing up for a library card is free and easy as long as you’re a resident of Massachusetts. If not, you can use whichever Boston-area address you’re currently staying at. The library has plenty of modern rooms, but also homes many quieter, older rooms that are perfect for studying in.
- Boston Common
This list would not be complete without the Boston Common. Arguably the most quintessential aspect of downtown Boston, the common is sure to always provide a unique experience. From the food trucks to the monuments and walkway benches, the Boston Common is accessible all year round. However, it’s during the fall that all the leaves on the trees change color and the park is entirely transformed (but just wait until you see the common around Christmas).
- Boston Public Garden
My personal favorite spot to relax and enjoy the day is the Boston Public Garden. I like to think of the garden as a classier and more peaceful version of the common. While the swan boats are being put away at the beginning of Fall, the actual birds remain until much closer to winter. The flowers change, but still decorate the garden just as wonderfully as they do during the summer. The leaves changing colors and falling onto the paths is what adds the final touch to the Public Garden’s Fall beauty.