When the cool, crisp fall climate begins to replace the heat and humidity of summer, excitement grows around the seasonal activities that traditionally accompany the color shift in foliage. There seems to be a common love among Massachusetts residents of all things autumn; with comfortable weather and beautiful scenery, it’s understandable why this time of year appeals to so many. Fall officially began on September 22, so now is the perfect time to begin exploring some of the great things to do in Massachusetts this season.
New England is famous for its breathtaking foliage from late September through early November, and Massachusetts boasts some exceptionally vibrant scenery. Residents and tourists alike can view the natural beauty along some of the popular driving routes across Massachusetts or get a closer look by exploring walking or hiking trails, and state parks scattered throughout the Commonwealth. This is a great way to appreciate a unique New England experience right here in Massachusetts.
Apple & Pumpkin Picking
Whether your favorite apple is the Red Delicious, the McIntosh, or anything in between, Massachusetts is home to hundreds of orchards growing enough apples to satisfy all tastes. Wander tree-lined aisles and uncover the sweet fruit tucked within the leaves. Enjoyed freshly plucked off the branch, baked into a pie, or smothered in caramel, apples are a nutritious treat that are fun to gather and eat!
While you’re sipping a seasonal pumpkin spice coffee this fall, why not take a trip to a local pick-your-own pumpkin patch? Scour the fields until you find the perfect one. Great for cooking, carving into jack-o-lanterns, and decorating homes and yards, this large fruit holds a treasured place in the hearts of all who love the fall.
A popular time of year among children and adults alike, Halloween adds to the fall fun in Massachusetts. For those who enjoy ghosts, goblins, and frights, there are a number of Halloween-themed events and activities to explore throughout the state: from haunted hayrides and historical ghost tours to costume contests and pumpkin carving, everyone can find something to enjoy within their spook-toleration. You can also venture north of Boston to Salem, Massachusetts. Most widely recognized for the witch trials that occurred centuries ago, this destination is famous for its yearly Haunted Happenings, which include ghost tours, candlelit historical witch trial walks, haunted harbor cruises, psychic readings, and haunted houses during the month of October. An estimated 250,000 people visit each year, eager to experience the renowned month-long celebration of Halloween.
Agricultural Fairs & Farm Tours
As you’re planning all of the events and activities you’d like to enjoy over the next few months, consider including some agricultural fun and education in your schedule. Many farms throughout the state offer family-friendly tours that give a behind-the-scenes look at their operations and production. Ride along on a tractor-pulled hayride, sip warm apple cider, or shop for fresh produce and dairy. A farm visit is a great way to spend an afternoon. Massachusetts is also home to a number of culinary and agricultural events put on throughout the fall months. Petting zoos, livestock displays, amusement rides, and treats like cotton candy will delight children while parents can appreciate the cultural and educational benefits of the attractions.
Just because the days are getting shorter doesn’t mean the fun you pack into them has to taper as well. The fall brings its own entertainment, a cornucopia of events and activities suitable for adventurers of all ages.
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