Looking for fun things to do in Boston in November?
Winter fun begins this month as the weather grows colder, the days become shorter, and holiday lights begin to sparkle all over the city.
Weather this month can be changeable - so pack a warm jacket, a couple of sweaters to layer, and a warm scarf and gloves. An umbrellas is also a good idea.
With fall foliage, ice skating, Thanksgiving, Veterans Day, and holiday shopping, you can take advantage of crisp fall days and cozy evenings, and perhaps even experience the first real snowfall before the month is over.
Outside of the city, fall foliage is way beyond peak. But fortunately for foliage lovers, Boston's slightly warmer microclimate means that you'll usually still find plenty of color within the city during the couple of weeks during November - sometimes even longer.
So stroll through some of Boston's parks and enjoy the last sight of crimson, gold, and even green while leaves still linger on the trees. My recommendations:
The Esplanade (shown above) - The contrast of golden and crimson leaves with blue water and sky can't be beat!
Boston Public Garden - Bring your camera and take spectacular photos of colorful leaves reflecting in the Lagoon; if your children are with you, bring a frisbee.
If you enjoy shopping, one of the best things to do in Boston in November is to get a head start on finding just the right items for your holiday gift list. Head to one of the convenient in-town Boston shopping malls, or check out our favorite spots for accomplishing 1-stop holiday shopping in Boston.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, most theater and comedy events have been postponed - but for the first time ever this year, Boston Ballet will broadcast their signature The Nutcracker production on NBC10 Boston. Find the schedule on our November events calendar.
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One interesting choice is Harvard, which offers free student-led historical walking tours of the Cambridge campus. You'll see key campus buildings, hear stories about Colonial history and architecture, and get a glimpse of student life behind the ivy-covered walls. Call 617-495-1573 for the tour schedule.
Take the Red Line of the Boston subway to Harvard Square in Cambridge, and join your tour. Afterwards, enjoy lunch in a Harvard Square restaurant.