The leaves are changing, the air is crisp, and fall is upon Boston. It is the perfect weather to enjoy a day out with the family and appreciate this transitional season.  From outdoor playtime to a cornucopia of autumn dining, these are the best fall activities in and around Boston that are perfect for the whole family.

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Belkin Family Lookout Farm
89 Pleasant St. South
South Natick, MA 01760
(508) 653-0653

Price: Weekdays: $8 per person/free children younger than 2
Weekends: $14/per person

This farm spreads out across more than 180 acres of land and includes more than 60,000 fruit trees. Bring the family to the U-Pick Barn to find out what is ready for picking. Fill your bag with 11 varieties of apples, two types of pears, plums, nectarines and peaches. While you’re there, take a train ride through the orchards, visit the children’s play center, or enjoy a drink or snack. Don’t forget to stop in to see the goats, emus, rabbits, donkeys, cows and sheep.


Public Garden
Boylston and Arlington Streets
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 723-8144

Price: free

Grab a blanket, pack a picnic lunch, and head over to the Public Garden for a relaxing day with the family. This beautiful garden includes flowers, trees, ponds, swans, ducks, geese, benches and fountains. The peacefulness and serenity of the park is the perfect escape from the fast-paced city life. Play a game of frisbee, read, stroll the property, or simply sprawl out on the lush, green grass.

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Sacco’s Bowl Haven
45 Day St.
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 776-0552

Price: $3 per string

Sacco’s Bowl Haven offers candlepin bowling in a unique, family-friendly environment. The vintage look of the space creates a relaxed environment, while the three-pound balls allow even the smallest of hands to participate. While you are there, fuel up with lunch or dinner at the Flat Bread Company, located right on the premises. The menu includes organic salads, wood-fired flatbread pizza and desserts.

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Cold Spring Park
Duncklee Street
Newton, MA 02461

Price: free

Cold Spring Park is a beautiful setting for an active day with the family. An exercise path circles the woods, and is perfect for running, strolling or walking the dog. The path is more than a mile long and features exercise stations along the way for those who want a great workout. The foliage in the woods and fields make a stunning backdrop during a family game of soccer, baseball or tennis. Be sure to stop by the park on a Tuesday to visit the farmers’ market at the Beacon Street entrance to stock up on your produce needs.

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Russell House Tavern
14 JFK St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 500-3055

The Russell House Tavern offers a unique variety of dishes on its extensive menu. Stop in for brunch, lunch or dinner, and enjoy this locally sourced, fall-inspired menu. The grass-fed burger, local Berkshire pork trio or the angry queen pizza, which features marinated and roasted tomatoes and basil, are all delicious choices on a cool afternoon. You know any dish will be fresh, as this place sources from local artisans, farmers, and fishermen. Top off your meal with a dessert of lemon honey cheesecake, orange panna cotta or the New England cheese board.

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Kim Vareika is the owner of Vareika Personal Training and Yoga in Plainville. She has been in the fitness industry for over ten years, and believes that wellness is about more than just physical health. When she is not teaching, practicing, or writing, she resides in Bridgewater where she enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her nephew Caesar. Her work can be found at