Things to do in the Fall in New England

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Fall in New England is something you really can’t even fully appreciate unless you see it in person. The air is crisp, clean and cool. The sky is bright blue. The trees turn colors that can’t even be described. In a word, it really is just beautiful.

So, how do you make the best of Fall in New England? Here is a list of my personal must experience activities between the end of September and November in New England.

Life is Good Festival (9/24 – 9/25/11), Canton, MA:

Honestly, there is no better way to celebrate this weather than with an outdoor music festival.

The Life is good Festival is a one-of-a-kind fundraiser event taking place the weekend of September 24th & 25th at Prowse Farm in Canton, MA. The festival is a two-day celebration of music and optimism, featuring three stages of nationally known musical talent, hands-on games, interactive arts activities, and the “Good Kids” zone — home to the top acts in kids entertainment. 100% of Life is good’s profits from the Festival will go towards The Life is good Playmakers, helping kids overcome life-threatening challenges such as violence, illness and extreme poverty.

Plus, our personal favorite Martin Sexton is playing. Don’t know who Martin is? Well, you should, so head to the Life is Good Festival!

Apple Picking: Russell Orchards, Ipswich, MA:

Apple picking is the quintessential New England Fall activity. But you want to make sure you choose the right location. The truth is, its hard to go wrong when picking an orchard. Any day spent in beautiful autumn weather amongst produce you pick yourself is a good day. Here is a great list of all the orchards in MA.

But for my 2 cents worth, Russell Orchard is the place to go. Besides being spread out so you don’t feel like you are stuck in a herd, Russell also has the best cider donuts you can find. You can actually watch them being made! If you haven’t had a fresh (still hot) out of the oven cider donut…well….go get one!

And once you are done apple picking. Let the cooking and eating begin!

Wachusett Mountain Fall Festivals 10/15 – 10/16 & 10/22 – 10/23

This is actually my VERY favorite activity in New England. Put aside the fun craft fair that is always there. Put aside the great food and vendors that are always there. Lets focus on what I think is the highlight of Fall. The ski lift through the foliage. You have got to experience this at least once in your life time. It is a 5 -10 minute ride to the top of the mountain surrounded by vibrant, colorful nature.

Once at the top of the mountain, you have the option to get off the lift and head to the mountain lookout, and even hike around…if you are dressed for it 🙂

If you asked me about one fall activity you MUST do while in New England. This is definitely it!

The Head of the Charles 10/22 – 10/23, Cambridge, MA

You know you have seen a million movies where the Ivy League kids are rowing through picturesque Harvard Square. Well, during the Head of the Charles Festival you can see it in real life! Watch as the best of the best from all over the world compete in this premier crew event. While the races are happening, stroll along the Charles and catch some live music, all types of free samples from various brands, craft and food vendors.

Halloween in Salem, MA

Now, I have never been to the main Halloween night street festival in Salem. From everything I have heard it is quite a bit like Mardi Gras. Honestly, I have outgrown that type of thing. BUT, there are so many fun activities surrounding the event! The entire month of October in Salem is something to behold. The ghost tours, the haunted houses, the street fairs…it is all worth the drive to this ghostly town!

Hot Chocolate at LA Burdick, Cambridge, MA

Warning: This hot chocolate is NOT for the faint of heart, or just the “casual” chocolate enthusiast. This hot chocolate is for the crazies. The ones who dream about drinking chocolate from Willy Wonka’s chocolate waterfall. Personally, I can only handle the demi size, it is that intense. You can choose from skim, low-fat, whole or soy milk and then white, milk or dark chocolate. Even with skim milk, this chocolate will knock you off of your feet and warm your soul!

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And that is my summary of New England must see Fall events! What is your favorite Fall activity?

3 Replies to “Things to do in the Fall in New England”

  1. It all looks like so much fun. My daughter goes to school in Boston and loves it there. I doubt she’ll ever come home to live here permanently again. I’m pretty sure she wants to make Boston her home. Who could blame her, I love it when I visit.

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