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Beyond Pumpkin Spice

by Jazzy Gray

Photo courtesy of Wix

Well, Terriers, it’s that time of year again. The weather is cooling, the leaves are changing, and school is overwhelming. Yep. Sweater weather is upon us. But your autumn in Boston doesn’t have to be fallty. Below are 6 activities that you really autumn know about… We can’t beleaf it either.

Pick Some Apples

An autumntime classic, apple-picking is undoubtedly one of the best ways to get yourself in the fall spirit. And if you missed the trip during Weeks of Welcome? We’ve got you covered. Just a T-Ride away, you can go ahead and visit the Belkin Family Lookout Farm, “one of the oldest farms in the country,” for all of your apple-picking adventures.

Get Lost in a Corn Maze

The Connors Farm in Danvers, MA offers its visitors the opportunity to get lost in its complex maze in a variety of ways. From “Family Guy” to “Charlie Brown,” each year has a different theme and is just as complex as the last. You can check out their past mazes here.

Visit a Pumpkin Patch

What’s better than Pumpkin Spice Lattes? Actual pumpkins. If you’re looking to pick (or take some pics with) them, you can visit Brooksby Farms in Peabody, MA.

And if you’re feeling especially festive, go check out Pumpkin Float on October 18th. Hosted by Boston Parks and Recreation, this (free!) pumpkin party is sure to bring you fall cheer.

Watch the Leaves Change

Nothing screams autumn in Boston quite like the changing of the leaves. Just take a walk through the Boston Public Gardens or the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University later this month to see this for yourself.

If you want to see the leaves but are tired of walking everywhere, you can — and should — look into renting a Bluebike here. If you are looking for something a little more upscale, here is a guide to help you choose the perfect Fall Foliage Cruise.

Go to a Fall Festival

BU may be an Uber ride away from some of the more traditional activities, but the urban location allows students access to a variety of unique — and, often, free — events. This fall, Boston is hosting a variety of events for residents of all ages. Watch the Columbus Day Parade on October 14th. Take your parents to the Head of the Charles Regatta during family weekend. Or check out the Pumpkin Palooza later this month.

Take a Look Around Terrier Town

BU has some fall traditions of its own, too. At the end of this month, the BU Physics department will host its 8th annual Pumpkin Drop; this is a fun way to meet other students with a similar love for autumn, and science! And on October 28th, be sure to stop by a dining hall because BU Dining will host Pumpkin Pie Day. During this time, all BU dining rooms will also offer pumpkin painting beginning at 5pm.

If you’re looking to get into the fall spirit, Boston offers a myriad of opportunities for you to embrace the season. So, happy autumn, Terriers! ‘Tis the season to be fally.

For a list of more “Fall Fun Events,” go check out the Student Activities Office webpage.

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