Peabody, Massachusetts is like many thriving New England towns. It’s as vibrant and colorful as the fall’s changing leaves, so naturally, there’s no better place to go. Bundle up and discover local history, cuisine, and fun in Peabody.
Museums and Historic Buildings
School may be back in session, but that doesn’t mean learning can’t still be fun. Whether you have young children who wish to expand their minds through hands-on activities or you’re a history buff looking to explore the local heritage, Peabody has plenty to offer.
North Shore Children’s Museum
Perfect for children ages 2-8, the North Shore Children’s Museum teaches children through play. Each hands-on activity taps into their imagination and gives them the opportunity to grow and expand their minds in engaging and fun ways. Because every child deserves to learn and grow, the museum also has sensory spaces and is ADA compliant so it’s accessible and inclusive for all.
Nathaniel Felton Senior & Junior Houses
The Nathaniel Felton Senior & Junior Houses were among the first homes built on Mount Pleasant around 1650. They were owned and occupied for almost two centuries by the Felton family, including Nathaniel Felton, who famously defended his neighbor, John Proctor, during the Salem Witch Trials. You can make an appointment to visit these classic New England homes during the most beautiful time of year and feel like you’re stepping back in time.
Peabody Historical Fire Museum
Built circa 1875, the Peabody Historical Fire Museum was the original building that housed the Peabody Engine Company No.3. Schedule an appointment and you’ll be able to view exhibits featuring rare firefighting artifacts from Peabody and the North Shore. It’s a cool look at the town’s local history and a must for anyone with an interest in firefighting.
Fall Farm Fun
There is nothing more New England than going to a farm in autumn, whether to pick apples, pumpkins, or other delicious produce. Brooksby Farm is a Peabody staple, offering pick-your-own fruits, a play yard, and barnyard animals year-round.
However, fall is where it really comes to life, with special autumn events like the Fall Fairytale Trail, hayrides, story hour Sundays in November, and campfires and smores on various fall weekends. And of course, you’ll want to pick up some of their famous apple cider donuts as well as other delicious, locally-sourced baked goods to snack on after a full day on the farm.
New England Seafood
If you want a nice evening out with some great seafood, you can’t go wrong with Legal Seafoods. If you’re craving fresh seafood but don’t want to hop on a boat and catch it yourself, their dishes are convenient and delicious. Fend off the fall chill with a bowl of clam chowder or lobster bisque. Chow down on classic New England dishes like fish & chips, fried clams, baked lobster mac & cheese, and baked haddock.
Don’t think vacation time is over when fall hits. Plan a weekend getaway to Peabody this autumn and experience everything the town has to offer. The air will be crisp, the leaves will be colorful, and you’ll make memories that will last a lifetime.