November in Boston - Boston Moms Blog

If November had a hashtag, what would it be? Any word that has to do with thankfulness and gratitude, for sure. Sandwiched between the festive kickoff of fall/everything pumpkin/Halloween, and the sparkling, merry holiday season, November has Thanksgiving, yes, but otherwise, what else does this thankful month have in store? Plenty, come to find out, especially in our historically rich, beautifully colorful corner of the country.  

Here is a roundup of family-friendly activities to enjoy right after Halloween and before the holiday season. Let’s make the most of November in Boston!

1. Visit a cranberry bog and catch part of the fall harvest, which takes place from September until early November.

2. Check out where the pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, and then see history come alive nearby at Plimoth Plantation.

3. Grab a pair of ice skates and head to the Frog Pond (which typically opens in mid-November).

4. Visit the Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Lincoln, which offers a plethora of programs ranging from wildlife exploration to birding and cheese making in November.

5. Check out the work of emerging Boston artists at the Renegade Craft Fair, taking place at the Cyclorama in Boston on November 3 and 4; food trucks will be on hand at this colorful event!

6. Attend this classically Boston fall tradition: the 135th Harvard-Yale football game that will take place at Fenway Park November 17 at noon.

7. Too chilly and dark to play outside after dinner? Head to the Boston Children’s Museum on any Friday night from 5–9 p.m. and pay just $1 per person.

8. If you can’t resist getting into the holiday spirit in November, head over to the Franklin Park Zoo to check out the twinkling annual light display, ZooLights, which opens on November 23.

9. Bring your toddlers to the Museum of Fine Arts’ Playdates series on November 5 and 17. The theme for the month is “Friendly Faces,” and activities include story time, checking out the art galleries, and making art (this begins at 10:15 a.m. and is free with admission).

10. Gobble as you wobble, and register the whole family for a road run or walk in your community on Thanksgiving, November 22. 

11. And above all else, savor the beauty of autumn before the New England winter makes an appearance!


Kate Cotter
Kate came to New England for college a decade and a half ago, and fell in love with all things Boston. She is the mom of two beautiful baby boys, ages 2.5 & 10 months, and loves watching them explore this lovely area of the country, experiencing Boston through their eyes. Heart-filling: spending time with my family, spontaneous hugs, kisses and “I love you Mommy” from my boys, reading great books, fall in New England, the Adirondacks, golden retriever puppies (don’t have any yet!), coffee, champagne, and serendipity. Can do without: Boston traffic, inconsiderateness, never-ending winters and stir-craziness.