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.
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10 Top Things to Do in Boston in November
1. Enjoy the Last Bits of Gorgeous Fall Foliage
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.
Back Bay Fens between the Back Bay and Fenway neighborhoods - You'll still find autumn blooms in the Rose Garden and the Victory Gardens, and this is also a top spot for Boston fall foliage.
2. Be the First on the Ice at Frog Pond
One of the coolest - literally - things to do in Boston in November is to go
ice skating as the city's rinks reopen for the season while golden foliage lingers overhead.
Boston Common's Frog Pond usually opens for skating mid-month (although please note - if the weather is too warm, the rink's opening will take place later in the month) and other rinks soon follow.
If you're visiting Boston, don't worry about packing your skates - you can rent them at the rinks.
Details for ice skating in Boston Hotels near the Ice Rink at Frog Pond
3. Watch Some Fast Action on the Ice ... Or on the Court
Get tickets for a Boston Bruins game at TD Garden and watch the real pros spin around the ice for an exciting evening.
The Bruins usually have a couple of home games each week - and on nights when they're not playing in the Garden, the Boston Celtics probably will be.
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4. Explore the Freedom Trail
Crisp fall days of November are an ideal time to explore the red brick
Freedom Trail, Boston's walk through history. Pick a spot along the way to linger for a meal, such as historic Union Oyster House or the tempting Food Hall at Quincy Market / Faneuil Hall Marketplace.
Or, buy something delicious at the Boston Public Market next to
Haymarket, and take it over to the Greenway, where the plentiful tables make impromptu picnics a snap.
5. Weather Not Great? Head to the Aquarium or a Museum
Boston weather during November can sometimes be tricky - so in case of frigid temperatures, freezing rain, or unpleasantly strong wind, you always need a Plan B.
Fortunately, Boston is filled with world-famous museums - so don't let bad weather ruin your plans for fun.
Watch the seals frolic at the
New England Aquarium, check out the fabulous Art of the Americas wing at the Museum of Fine Arts, or take in the current exhibits at Boston Institute of Contemporary Art and then sample some of the great dining along the South Boston Waterfront.
You can get
free museum admission when you have a Boston discount card - a sweet deal!
In addition to museums, these Boston discount passes also give you admission to lots of other Boston attractions, tours, cruises, and day trips -
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6. Make Thanksgiving Dinner Reservations
Celebrate this favorite American holiday the smart way - let someone else do the cooking!
Boston restaurants put on gala feasts of traditional classics and contemporary favorites.
Thanksgiving Dinner options - and then make your reservations for a special holiday meal.
7. Get a Head Start on your Holiday Shopping
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.
After Thanksgiving, stop by
Boston's Downtown Holiday Arts Market in Downtown Crossing to shop for artisan products, holiday goodies, and more!
8. Get Theatre or Comedy Show Tickets
Boston theater productions and comedy clubs are in full swing by November.
A popular Boston activity is having dinner in a
Theatre District restaurant and then going to a show.
Enjoying a show at the theater or in a comedy club is the perfect way to spend a chilly Boston November evening!
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9. Go for a Campus Tour at Harvard
Students are back in class, and with over 60
universities and colleges in Boston and nearby areas, campus tours are in full swing.
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. More Boston Tours
10. Think Ahead to Colder Days ... and Book a Cruise
November's cool days and chilly nights are a not-so-subtle reminder of the colder months ahead.
One of the most cheering things to do in Boston in November is to book a
cruise from Boston to warmer climes.
Imagine island-hopping in the sunny Caribbean . . . floating down the Yangtze river amid spectacular scenery . . . lying on the famed pink sand beaches in Bermuda.
Pre-planning in November leads to a very pleasant experience later in the winter!
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Sunset Cruise - Boston Harbor cruise -
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Sinners & Saints Haunted Party Cruise @ Bay State Cruise Company - Goldstar $20, Full price $40
Fall Foliage Cruise Along the Charles River @ Charles Riverboat Company - Goldstar $15-25, Full price $25-35
Tomes of Terror: Beyond Grimm - Boston Brunch Church, Somerville - Goldstar $8; Full price $15
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Sh*t-Faced Shakespeare: Macbeth - The Rockwell -
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Tipsy Chocolate Tours - Boozy walking tour in Boston's Back Bay -
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Comedy at Bill's Bar - Bill's Bar & Lounge (near Fenway Park) -
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Salem Horror Fest - October @ Peabody Essex Museum, Salem - Goldstar
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Willy Wonka @ Wheelock Family Theatre - Goldstar
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The Thanksgiving Play @ Lyric Stage Company - Goldstar
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Murder on the Orient Express @ Lyric Stage Company - Goldstar
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Urban Nutcracker @ Lyric Stage Company - Goldstar
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