Boston Magazine’s Fall Bucket List

This season brings out the best in Boston. It's time to make the most of it.

Photos via A.D. Makepeace Company, Flickr/Creative Commons, Sauchuk Farm, iStock, and Olga Khvan

If the slight chill in the air has you wanting to bust out your Bean boots, embrace it. Fall is upon us, which means it’s time to squeeze all of the autumnal activities you can possibly do into these few short months. That’s why we, the autumn-loving editors at Boston magazine, put our heads together to construct the ultimate fall bucket list.

From foliage drives and corn mazes to cider donuts and fog sculptures, it has all of the essentials for a wholesome, very Boston fall. So print this out, make a spreadsheet, keep a running list in your head, whatever. Just get going—we dare you to check off everything.

(Oh, and if you think we’re missing anything, tweet us @BostonMagazine.)

☑ House a half-dozen mini cider donuts from Red Apple Farms at the Public Market

Red apple farms doughnuts photo by Olga Khvan

☑ Hike in the Blue Hills to see reds, oranges, and yellows of all hues–and skyline views

☑ Go apple picking, then make at least one presentable (and preferably edible) apple pie

☑ Experience pumpkin-carving envy at Franklin Park Zoo’s Jack-o-Lantern Journey

Jack-o-Lantern Journey / Photo courtesy of Zoo New England

☑ Visit a haunted house, like Ghost Ship Harbor in Quincy

☑ Buy an L.L. Bean flannel

☑ Slip on some waders and head out into a cranberry bog

A cranberry bog

Photo courtesy of A.D. Makepeace Company

☑ Go antiquing in New Hampshire’s “Antique Alley”

☑ Hurl battle axes and gnaw on comically huge turkey legs at King Richard’s Faire

☑ Carve a Boston magazine-themed pumpkin


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☑ Explore “over 80 acres of fear” in Litchfield, NH

☑ Rake a pile of leaves for jumping into

☑ Plan a foliage drive

Kancamagus Highway photo via iStock/DenisTangneyJr

☑ See Downtown Crossing get lit at Illuminus

☑ Eat ungodly amounts of squash from the farmers market (Delicata, acorn, butternut—we don’t discriminate)

☑ Successfully navigate out of a corn maze

Photo courtesy of Sauchuk Farm

☑ See that new Lizzie Borden movie and then go stay overnight in the actual home-turned-B&B in Fall River

☑ Drink all of Boston’s best fall beers

☑ Make it up to the Topsfield Fair

The Topsfield Fair midway. Photo by Christian Madden on Flickr/Creative Commons

☑ Chug some gourdbrau at CBC’s 11th-annual Great Pumpkin Festival

☑ Sit back and enjoy a hayride—without once glancing down at a phone

☑ Take a spooky photo in the Emerald Necklace’s fog sculptures

Franklin Park fog sculpture / Photo by Melissa Ostrow

☑ Finally subscribe to Boston magazine