Chances are, if you have young kids and live in New England you are going to be going apple picking and/or pumpkin picking at least once a year. Some people think that living in the city would make it impossible to do these things, but there are actually many options for fall festivities not too far beyond our city limits. Whether you want to find your go-to spot to visit every fall, or want a new adventure each year, here are some of the best farms to check out, all within less than an hour drive from Boston.

Connor’s Farm— 30 Valley Road (Rt. 35), Danvers, Massachusetts 01923 978-777-1245
(About 30 minutes from Boston)
Connor’s Farm has so much to do. Pick-your-own apples and pumpkins, a corn maze, live entertainment. They even have fireworks on certain weekend nights. Check their website and brochures for full details and go in with a plan so you don’t get too overwhelmed by the options!

Honey Pot Hill Orchards— 138 Sudbury Road, Stow, MA 01775 978-562-5666
(About 45 minutes from Boston)
This farm has pick your own apples, farm animals, hedge mazes and hay rides. They’re very good about posting on Facebook which exact varieties of apples they have available for picking each weekend, so if you want a certain kind you can check before going to make sure you won’t be disappointed.

Lookout Farm— 89 Pleasant St, South Natick, MA 01760 508-653-0653
(About 35 minutes from Boston)
Also called Belkin Family Lookout Farm, this place is quite the destination. They have pick-you-own apples and a pumpkin patch, and lots of children’s activities. There are bouncy houses at the entrance, and a train that takes you around to different stops for apple picking. At the second stop there is a whole farm section, with animals, food, and more children’s activities, including playgrounds. All activities are included (except food), once you pay for entrance and your apple bag, but this is the most pricey farm of all.

Russell Orchards— 143 Argilla Rd, Ipswich, MA 978-356-5366
(About 45 minutes from Boston)
This orchard has pick-your-own apples and barnyard animals with a hayride. As an added bonus, they also have a winery. Their pick-your-own is cash only, and has different rules and costs on the weekend than during the week, so be sure to check the website and plan accordingly!

Ward’s Berry Farm— 614 South Main Street, Sharon, MA  02067 781-784-3600
(About 30 minutes from Boston)
If you are looking for pick-your-own pumpkins, but don’t care for apples, check out Ward’s Berry Farm, which focuses more on berries but also plays up fall with pumpkins and hayrides. There are also a petting zoo, a hay pyramid to climb on, a corn maze and hot cider doughnuts.

Wilson’s Farm— 10 Pleasant Street, Lexington, MA 02421 781-862-3900
(About 20 minutes from Boston)
This one’s not about pick-your-own, but if you’re looking for the easiest way to get your fall fix skip right over to Lexington where you can visit Wilson’s Farm for caramel apples and cider doughnuts, as well as a hay maze (the maze is free although they accept donations to benefit Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island) and you can buy some pumpkins while you’re there.

 

 

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