3 Quintessential Autumn Day Trips from Boston

Autumn is a magical time in New England. The landscape bursts into color creating a perfect backdrop for the region’s quintessential traditions. With everything from cranberry harvests, to spooky historic sights, to long walks on cobblestone streets all within day-tripping-distance of The Langham, Boston, there is plenty to do in our neck of the woods this time of year. We collected three of our favorite local day trip ideas for you and your family this Fall.

1) A Day in Salem, MA

Salem’s rather scary history with the Witch Trials in the 1690s has turned it into a Halloween capital. However, the fun doesn’t stop in Salem on October 31st. The city is quite busy all October leading up to the big night, but insiders know that the town is just as beautiful after the crowds leave. November in Salem is a wonderful time to stroll through the historic streets, visit the Peabody Essex Museum and pick up a few macarons from Caramel French Patisserie downtown. At just 30 minutes from Boston, Salem is a daytrip destination just right for the whole family this season.

(Image Credit: J.Q. Louise)

2) A Day in the 17th Century at Plimoth Patuxet

As we get closer and closer to Thanksgiving, take the kids to Plimoth Patuxet to learn about the history of the holiday firsthand. Plimoth Patuxet is a “living museum” where guests can explore a recreation of both the Plimoth Plantation settlement by the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Homesite. The costumed role players in the English village are eager to tell guests all about their lives as “Pilgrims” in the New World. And at the Wampanoag Homesite, you can learn how 17th-century Wampanoag people would have lived in this area from modern-day native people. All the staff in the Wampanoag Homesite are either Wampanoag or from other Native Nations – and are passionate about sharing their culture with guests. Plimoth Patuxet is about an hour south of Boston and is a great option for a day trip because after you’ve enjoyed some history you can head to downtown modern Plymouth for dinner and an ice cream!

(Image Credit: Plimoth Patuxet)

3) A Day at the Farm: Appleton Farms

Head up North to Ipswich to visit Appleton Farms, a property by the Trustees. Expect rolling fields, grazing livestock, historic stone walls and many more picturesque scenes in this 1,000-acre landscape. Get a glimpse into New England’s agricultural past on this beautiful, historic property. 45-minutes north of Boston, Appleton Farms is just the place to stretch your legs after a long week of Zoom calls. Appleton Farms is social distancing friendly with lots of outdoor visit ideas including walking trails, guided tours across the property and even wood fired pizza picnics. Purchasing passes in advance is recommended for weekends, as this is a popular time of year to visit.   

(Image Credit: J.Q. Louise)

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