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When to Visit Boston -  February 28, 2015 – 06:10 am
Boston Event Calendar December 2013 | Best Things to Do

When to Visit Boston

by SmarterTravel Staff

As a major city, Boston sees a stream of visitors all year round. Crowds and prices don't fluctuate much by season, except a little during peak autumn months, when school is back in session and the leaves are bursting with vibrant colors.

Spring also sees heightened activity, particularly during school-commencement season and the Boston Marathon. Summer brings outdoor activities and the most tourists, while winter peaks with cultural events. Any time can be a good time to visit the city, depending on what you're looking to do.

Fall is generally the best time to go, though spring and summer are pleasant as well. These times bring in healthy-sized crowds due to favorable weather and special events. Prices can be a little a higher, and it might be difficult to find availability. While winter has the worst weather, it's also when locals and visitors flock to indoor activities such as the theater, museum exhibits, fine dining, wine and food festivals, and holiday celebrations.

  • high season: April to June, September to October
  • low season: January to March
  • shoulder season: July to August, November to December

Weather Information

Summer is the hottest time of year, with an average high of 80 degrees and frequent high humidity. December, January, and February are the coldest months, with average lows in the 20s. These months also have the most snowfall. Spring and fall tend to have the most moderate, pleasant weather.

Despite what historical averages say, weather can be unpredictable, fluctuating from warm and sunny to chilly and cloudy, with temperatures varying 20 degrees or more over the course of a day. Temperatures also tend to be cooler by the ocean than on city streets. It's often best to dress in layers, and bring a warm coat in the winter.

Crowd Information

There can be large crowds during the fall, particularly around the weekend of the Head of the Charles regatta in October. Fall foliage is a huge draw throughout the season. Spring gets busy too, mostly during the Boston Marathon in April and commencement season in May and June. Summer around the Fourth of July also sees sizeable crowds. Winter has the fewest crowds.

If you want to avoid crowds, head to the part of the city that's not hosting peak events, or explore those areas at different times of the year.


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