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Fun Things to Do in Boston in November 2015

Top 10 Boston activities for November

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Bridge across the Lagoon in Boston's Public Garden in November
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Winter fun begins this month as the weather grows colder, the days become shorter, and holiday lights start to sparkle all over the city.  

So if you're wondering what to do in Boston in November, here are my recommendations for 10 fun activities that take advantage of crisp fall days, cozy evenings, and perhaps even the first real snowfall.

If you are planning a November visit to Boston, remember: weather this month can be changeable - so don't let the bright sunny days fool you.  Pack a warm jacket, a couple of sweaters to layer, and a warm scarf and gloves.

10 fun things to do in Boston in November

1. Enjoy the last bits of gorgeous fall foliage

Boston Esplanade in NovemberOutside 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

Boston Esplanade in NovemberOne 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 opens for skating mid-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


3.  Watch some fast action on the ice...or on the court

TD Garden and Bruins and Celtics ticketsGet 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 may be. 

Find out more about TD Garden and check the schedule


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. 


5.  Visit a Boston Museum

Boston is filled with world-famous museums.  If you're visiting during November, plan a visit to see the new Art of the Americas wing at the Museum of Fine Arts, watch the seals frolic at the New England Aquarium, or spend the day exploring hands-on exhibits in the Museum of Science.  You can even get free 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 - compare the savings!


6.  Make Thanksgiving dinner reservations

Celebrate this favorite American holiday the easy way - let someone else do the cooking!  Boston restaurants put on gala feasts of traditional classics and contemporary favorites.  Make reservations early in the month for a special Boston Thanksgiving 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 my favorite spots for accomplishing 1-stop holiday shopping in Boston.


8.  Get theater 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.  For half-price theater and comedy club tickets, check Goldstar Events to see what's available - plus usually even more half-price tickets get released a week or 2 before showtime.  This is the perfect way to spend a chilly Boston November evening!


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.  Try Casablanca (40 Brattle Street) for sophisticated Mediterranean cuisine, student favorite Border Cafe (32 Church Street) for inexpensive Mexican and Cajun fare, or relaxed Grafton Street Pub (1230 Mass Ave) for a beer and burger.

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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!



Check Out Top Boston Events Each Month!

Boston Events in January - Wine Festivals, Polar Bear Swim, New Year Brunch February Events in Boston - Valentines Day, Running of the Brides, Chinese New Year March Events in Boston - St Patricks Day Parade, Film Festivals, Restaurant Week April Events in Boston - Marathon, Patriots Day, Boston Garden Show Boston May Events - Memorial Day, Duckling Day Parade, Open Studios Boston June Events - Harborfest, Scooper Bowl, Dragon Boat Races
Boston Events in July - Fireworks, Harborfest, Shakespeare on the Common August Events in Boston - Shakespeare on the Common, Running of the Brides, Restaurant Week September Events in Boston - Labor Day, Fashion Week, BeanTown Jazz Festival October Events in Boston - Columbus Day Parade, Halloween, Head of the Charles Boston Thanksgiving Events - Thanksgiving, The Nutcracker, Black Friday Boston December Events - First Night, Holiday Pops, Black Nativity

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