Cambridge shines in every season, but especially in the fall when the leaves have started to change to red, orange, and yellow in Harvard University’s main yard and dusk falls earlier with dramatic sunsets. The city’s historic houses stand out against nature’s colorful hues and each walk turns into a heart-leaping adventure to see the region’s most dramatic seasonal change.


Start each day embracing fall with a hot coffee and a warm pastry at one of the squares’ wonderful cafes. Grab a latte at Tatte Bakery or a fresh brewed cup of joe at Café Crema in Harvard Square or the café at Area Four in Technology Square. Fall is prime time to see Cambridge by foot as the heat and humidity have lessened. Cantabrians know a secret that they’re willing to share with others: some of the best foliage spotting happens at the Mount Auburn Cemetery, so slip into comfortable shoes for a long, languid walk. The 174-acre final resting place of well-known Bostonians like Charles Bulfinch and Dorothea Dix is also a terrific place to see fall’s fiery colors. If you want to stay closer to the heart of Cambridge, opt to walk along the paved path on the Charles River. You’ll see the Boston side of the river, including the gold dome of the State House and the Prudential Center as well as plenty of beautiful fall foliage. It’s always a bonus on slightly warmer fall days when sailing and crew teams from the local university take to the water for practice.


Fall means back to school for college and universities, and that is great news for Cambridge visitors and residents alike, as the cultural institutions brim with performances and exhibits. Don’t miss the exquisite glass flowers exhibition of 4,000 pieces at the Harvard Museum of Natural History. The days are shorter and there is a slight chill in the air, but fall is also a great time to slip into Cambridge’s local breweries for a beer or two. Spend your afternoon or a weekend day sipping craft ales at Cambridge Brewing Company, Aeronaut Brewing Company, and the intimate Lamplighter Brewing Co.