With Fall in full peak, New England is showing off its fall colors, replacing vibrant green canopies with sprays of yellow, orange, and deep red. Boston’s many greenspaces are the perfect setting for an afternoon of urban leaf-peeping, while spectacular fall drives begin just outside the city limits. Keep reading for the NEMA Boston guide to finding the most glorious fall foliage around Boston this autumn!

The best place to enjoy fall colors in Boston is undoubtedly the Boston Public Garden, the iconic greenspace created in 1837 as the nation’s first public botanical garden. Home to 40 distinct plant species, the garden is organized around a central pond and features plenty of winding paths and rolling hillsides, perfect for an afternoon stroll or midday picnic. When you’re done with your autumn immersion, head to nearby Charles or Cambridge Streets to enjoy a hot cider or coffee in one of the many intimate coffee houses along those historic avenues.

NEMA residents in a more collegiate mood should head to Harvard Yard for fall foliage with a red brick backdrop. The historic center of Harvard’s sprawling campus, Harvard Yard is a great place for a leisurely walk beneath the leaves. Residents seeking a longer walk should head to the Charles River Esplanade, which stretches for three miles along the Charles River. This waterfront park is home to everything from boat launches to playgrounds and picnic benches, as well as sculptures, a bandshell, and ball fields. The Esplanade also contains a grove of cherry trees and is visited by bald eagles each year, plenty of reason to return each season to see something new.

To get the full New England autumn experience, NEMA Boston residents should pile into their cars and take the drive up Route 100 through Vermont and the Green Mountains, which are blanketed in seas of orange and red this time of year. Along with plenty of places to stop for cider or pumpkins, Route 100 is often ranked as one of New England’s most scenic drives, and adventurous residents will become familiar with this route when they head north this winter to enjoy the region’s many ski destinations.

Residents who return to their spacious Boston Seaport apartments with a little bit of a chill can warm up by the firepit in the private garden before heading up to their home for a nightcap or a late-night snack whipped up in their state-of-the-art kitchen. Whether you’re returning from a car ride, a ski trip, or the beach, NEMA Boston is your safe harbor in the middle of the city, so head to the NEMA Boston website and schedule a virtual tour today!