Boston break

Head to New England this Fall

Autumn is truly the best time of year to experience Boston – the weather is pleasantly cool and crisp, and the trees are afire with glorious autumn foliage.

This historic city, in Massachusetts, USA, simply oozes charm and sophistication. Why not head out to New England this fall and discover Boston for yourself? Learn about the city's revolutionary past, explore the theatre district, or simply enjoy its perfect location on the harbour.

Discover the local passions

Make like a Bostonian and see what makes the city tick.

Eat lobster – chances are, if you have one lobster dinner in New England, you’re likely to have another one soon after. Once regarded as poor folks’ food, lobster is now a delicacy, with dedicated lobster restaurants drawing in customers by the droves.

Try the local ice cream – ice cream is a serious business in New England, and in Boston they eat more of it than any other city in the USA.

Watch a game – Boston has three major-league teams: The Red Sox (baseball), the Celtics (basketball) and the Bruins (ice hockey). Boston’s relationship with baseball in particular goes back a long way – built in 1912, Fenway Park is the USA's oldest major professional sports league stadium still in active use.

Head outdoors – Bostonians are passionate about being outdoors. The city’s string of parks and public places – the ‘Emerald Necklace’ – provides stunning, well-maintained green space. And the beautiful 47-mile HarborWalk is one of Boston’s most popular outdoor gathering places, with cafes, flower gardens, and panoramic views of the harbour.

Boston autumn leaves

Fabulous foliage

September, October and November famously see New England turn into a riot of vivid colour, as the trees’ leaves turn vibrant shades of red, yellow and orange.

Don’t miss…

Boston is extremely compact, and most of its attractions are within easy walking distance of each other.

  • Museums – Boston's dedication to culture and learning is well known, and the city's wealth of world-class museums and galleries offers something for all interests.
  • Freedom trail – identified by a red line on the pavement, this
    2.5-mile walking tour takes you past the city’s most historic Revolutionary sites.
  • Shopping – Boston is good hunting ground for antiques, and has a plethora of bookshops. You’ll also find a host of independent boutique stores brimming with interesting finds – from pottery and soaps, to hand-knit sweaters and contemporary crafts.
  • Harvard University – one of the most significant strands in the fabric of Bostonian life is the academic scene. Take a trip across the Charles River to Cambridge, where you can walk through the historic Harvard Yard in one of the world’s most respected seats of learning.
  • Enjoy the view – take a moment to sit back, sip a drink, and enjoy unforgettable views of Boston from 52nd floor of the Prudential Center.

A bustling street view of the city

Planning your trip

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(24 October 2013)