Apple & Pumpkin Picking and Farm Fun in the Greater Boston Area

Boston Apple Picking and Local Farms

My little one is almost a year and a half, and I’ve been searching for fun fall activities to share as a family. I was doing my own personal research for some local apple picking and some fall farm fun and decided others may be interested too.

Hopefully you’ll find this post helpful in finding some fall fun at a local farm in the Greater Boston area. Let me know in the comments below if I missed your favorite spot or if your favorite is on the list– I’m still undecided where I’ll go! Information overload now for me!

Here’s some great apple, pumpkin, and more pickings and fall activities at local farms within an hour or so from Boston:

C.N. Smith Farm, East Bridgewater

  • Farm animals, train displays, pick your own fruit, hayrides to the pumpkin patch, and more!
  • Hayrides & Pumpkin Picking: $3.50 per person + pumpkin priced per pound, Saturdays and Sundays 10-4pm (October Only)
  • Apple Picking: $26 for Peck Apple Bag for 3 Adults/4 people total and 1/2 bushel is $45 for max 6 people. Wednesday-Friday 10-4pm and Weekends 9-4pm

The Big Apple, Wrentham

  • Hayrides, pumpkin house, pick your own, bakery and more
  • Apple picking: $25 for 10/lb peck bag, $35 for 20/lb 1/2 bushel bag (cash & checks only)
  • $3 per person for hayride into the orchard or drive into the orchard for free
  • Open 9-5pm, weekends only
  • Apple picking ends September 24 and 25, 2016

Ward’s Berry Farm, Sharon

  • Corn maze, hayrides, pumpkin picking, barnyard animals and more
  • Pumpkin picking: prices vary depending on size
  • Pumpkin patch open daily 9-4pm, hayrides open 10-4pm on weekends only
  • Hayrides: $3 per person for ages 3+, weather permitting

Belkin Family Lookout Farm, South Natick

  • Train rides, farm animals, hay pyramid, farm maze, children caterpillar rides, weekend hayrides, and more!
  • Open daily from 10-5pm
  • $15 for adults, $13 for children under 12, children under 2 are free on weekends and holidays and $9 admission on weekdays
  • Afternoon Special: FREE admission Monday-Friday from 3-5pm (does not include holidays) with a purchase of any fruit bag
  • Fruit bags are $14 small, $22 medium, and $36 large

Dowse Orchards, Sherborn

  • Apple picking: $16 for a half peck bag
  • Open 10-5pm on weekends (weekend only)

Highland Farm, Holliston

  • Apple picking available on a limited basis 10-4pm, opening date 9/23/16
  • 2016 prices TBD. Last year: $20 for full peck bag and $35 for 1/2 bushel bag

Nashoba Valley Winery, Bolton

  • Restaurant, orchards, wine tastings every weekend, and more
  • Apple picking: $20 for a 10lb peck bag + admits 4 people into orchard, $30 for 20lb 1/2 bushel bag+ admits 6 people into orchard
  • Open daily 11-4:30pm, must buy picking bag before 4pm

Carlson Orchards, Harvard

  • Call for pick your own prices
  • Apple picking daily from 9-4pm

Pickard Farm, Littleton

  • Tractor drawn hayride (weekends only) and pumpkin patch
  • Pumpkin picking: pumpkin prices vary, over 15 acres of pumpkins
  • Weekends 10-6pm, weekdays 1-6pm

Parlee Farms, Tyngsboro

  • Pick your own, hayrides, farm animals, pumpkin patch, hay play area, and more!
  • Apple picking: $25 for 1 peck bag and includes admission for max of 4 people + hayride, $35 for 1/2 bushel bag and includes admission for max of 6 people + hayride, $5 for each additional person, infants are free
  • Over 40,000 pumpkins in the field: pumpkins are .75/lb, minimum $2.75
  • Pick your own hours vary based on weather, get updated information here. Limited weekday apple picking, if any.
  • Farm animals available 10-5pm and extended to 5:30pm on weekends, closed on Mondays, except on holiday weekends

Smolak Farms, North Andover

  • Corn Maze, pumpkin patch, amusement area, hayrides, farm animals and more every weekend in September & October
  • Apple picking: $20 or a 10-12/lb peck bag, $35 for 1/2 bushel bag 24/lb bag, and $40 for 1/2 bushel basket.
  • Apple picking open 8:30-430pm on the weekends and 9-4 on the weekdays
  • Children Festival: Weekends 10-4pm, $15 a children and free for children under 2 and adults
  • Hop on Hayrides are $4 per person, children under 2 free
  • Corn Maze: $10 per adult and children are $7

Boston Hill Farm, North Andover

  • Apple and pumpkin picking and a Apple Festival every weekend through October
  • Apple picking: $20 for a 10/lb peck bag, $38 for 20/lb 1/2 bushel bag
  • Apple orchard open 10am to 5:15pm daily, farm stand open 9-6pm daily

Brooksby Farm, Peabody

  • Pick your own apples, farm store goods, pumpkin yard, and fall activities
  • Apple picking: $17 for a 10lb peck bag, $30 for 20/lb half bushel bag (cash only)
  • Open 9-4pm daily

Connors Farm, Danvers

  • Corn maze, barnyard animals, hayrides, grain train, live entertainment, haunted farm, pick your own, and much more!
  • General admission tickets: $13.99 for kids 3-64 on weekends and $9.99 on weekdays, free for kids 2 and under
  • Apple picking: $17.95 for 10/lb peck bag, $29.95 for 20/lb 1/2 bushel bag
  • Open daily 8-6pm
  • In the evening: Hysteria Haunted Farm and Groupon has a daily deal for discount tickets (affiliate link)

Russell Orchards, Ipswich

  • Hayrides, farm animals, pick your own, and more
  • $3 per person for ages 2+ to picking area, fee is credited back when you pay for the fruit you pick
  • Apple picking: $20 for peck size bag, maximum of 4 people per bag and includes a hayride to the picking site
  • Open 9-6pm daily, cash only

Tougas Family Farm, Northborough

  • Pick your own, wagon rides, playground, farm animals, pumpkin patch, and more!
  • Apple picking: $26 for 10/lb peck bag, admits max of 4 people on weekdays and $28 on weekends/holidays, $36 for 20/lb 1/2 bushel bag, admits max of 6 people on weekdays and $38 on weekends, prices includes wagon rides when available, playground, and farm animals
  • Pumpkin picking: .75 per pound, minimum $2.75 per pumpkin
  • Open Tuesday-Sunday 10-5pm, open on holiday Mondays

Shelburne Farm, Stow

  • Pick your own apples and pumpkins, hayrides, tractor playground, barnyard animals, and more!
  • Apple picking: $22 for 10/lb peck bag, $30 for 20/lb 1/2 bushel bag
  • Open daily 9-6pm, rain or shine
  • $6 for all-day unlimited admission for child play area (adults are free with child), free to visit barnyard animals
  • Hayrides are $2 per person and $6 per person for pony rides

Honey Pot Hill Orchards, Stow

  • Barnyard animals, corn maze, hayrides, pick your own, and more
  • Apple picking & pear picking: $18 for 10/lb medium bag (gets 2 adults and 1 child into orchard), $28 for 20/lb large bag (gets 2 adults & 3 children into orchard), $6 per extra person, cash or check only
  • Open daily 9:30-5pm
  • Corn maze prices vary, hayride $2 per person and under 2 are free (no strollers or wagons allowed on hayride, strollers only allowed to and from Lot E)

Carver Hill Orchard, Stow

  • Unconfirmed prices for 2016 picking season
  • Open daily 10-5pm

The only organic apple farm I could find in the Greater Boston area, Old Frog Pond Farm in Harvard, MA, has limited crops this year and will not be offering pick your own :( They do offer raspberry picking and fall events, if you are interested.

Where is your favorite place in the Greater Boston area for apple picking and fall fun?!?

Cheap Weekend Fun in Boston for September 24-25, 2016

Cheap Weekend Events in Boston

How is it the last weekend of September already!?

Here’s some fun and cheap things to do in Boston this weekend, for the last weekend of September!

Red Sox Showcase: Sunday, September 25, 2016 from 10-3pm at Faneuil Hall. The excitement of Fenway Park is heading to Faneuil Hall with batting cages, pitching stations, and much more!

Fluff Festival: Saturday, September 24, 2016 in Union Square. Head to Somerville to celebrate this delicious union square invention.

Beantown Jazz Festival: Saturday, September 24, 2016. Check out Boston’s biggest block party with a free outdoor annual concert from Berklee.

Kids Really Rock: Saturday, September 24, 2016 at Lawn on D. Enjoy many musical performances, hands-on art, puppets, and more!

CollegeFest: Saturday, September 24, 2016 at Fenway Park. College Students, head to Fenway Park for the biggest back to school party and grab lots of swag!

Fall Festival at The Gore Place: Saturday, September 24, 2016. Head to Waltham for a fun fall festival with live music, pumpkin drop, and more!

Allston Village Street Fair: Sunday, September 25, 2016 from 12-6pm in Allston. Enjoy a family-friendly day of entertainment, activities, and more!

8th Annual Oktoberfest: Sunday, September 25, 2016 at Redbones in Somerville. Enjoy this annual block party with live music, beer garden, and more!

Smithsonian Magazine Free Museum Day: Saturday, September 24, 2016 at hundreds of Museums across the country. Hundreds of museums across the country, including 8 directly in Boston, are free this Saturday thanks to Smithsonian Magazine. Must request a pass.

National Lands Day: Saturday, September 24, 2016 at ALL National Parks! Enjoy free admission at ALL National Parks for National Lands Day!

South End Open Market: Every Sunday though October from 10-4pm at the Ink Block! Enjoy three amazing markets every Sunday at a new location, the Ink Block! Enjoy a farmers market, handcrafted goods, and delicious food trucks at the South End Open Market.

MIT Museum: Sunday, September 25, 2016. Free admission at the MIT Museum the last Sunday of each month, September to June.

Harvard Art Museums: Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Saturday morning from 10am to Noon year-round with proof of residency

Harvard Museum of Natural History: Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Sunday morning from 9am to Noon year-round with proof of residency

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology: Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Sunday morning from 9am to Noon year-round with proof of residency

If you are looking for some fun places to go apple or pumpkin picking this weekend or some farm fun, make sure to check the site tomorrow for a BIG roundup of information!

Hope you have a great weekend!

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Affordable Gift Experiences to Enjoy in Boston

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This is a sponsored post from our friends at Cloud 9 Living. Please see my disclosure policy if you have any questions or concerns.

Boston, Massachusetts is an amazing place to visit. The amazing seafood from the locals to the great ocean views, Boston is the perfect place for any occasion. Perhaps the best part about Boston is the plethora of things to do and enjoy when on a budget. Your budget can take you to great places such as the sea, your new favorite restaurant or perhaps an adventure of a lifetime. If you’re looking for a great and affordable gifts, Boston has lots to offer in experiences. Here are some ideas for your trip and some great gift ideas for that special someone!

Affordable Experiences

There are hundreds of experiences to have while in Boston that will blow your recipient’s mind. Better yet, these experiences are budget friendly!

Moonlight Canoe Trip

What better way to experience the beautiful scenery of Boston than through a canoe trip? Even better, this romantic trip involves plenty of moonlight and the perfect atmosphere for that special someone. This canoe trip is budget friendly and gives you the best view of the Charles River, which makes for a great and affordable gift idea for couples. There are options for a picnic as well that includes cheese, crackers and a light dessert. This relaxing trip lasts up to 2 to 3 miles and is perfect for the beginner.

Indoor Skydiving

For the adventurer in all of us, there is thrilling indoor skydiving of Boston. Take turns feeling the air underneath you as you jump and take one of the most thrilling rides of your life. Perfect for your budget, experience this gift with no parachute required. You are given all of the gear you need to enjoy this ride safely and securely. This is perfect for groups or for the couple!

Boston Harbor Sunset Cruise

You cannot visit Boston without experiencing the lovely Boston Harbor. This gift experience takes you on a ride through the history and beauty of the Harbor including sites such as the Old North Church and Harbor Islands National Park. This boat ride lasts for 90 minutes and is completely narrated for your enjoyment. Experience the sunset in Boston like you have never seen it before with this romantic sunset cruise. Better yet, enjoy it on a budget!

Learn to Rock Climb

If you’re looking for excitement on a budget, this is the perfect experience for you! Learning to rock climb in Boston is an exciting experience, perfect for all ages. You are able to enjoy a three-hour lesson on rock climbing and the essential information needed to enjoy it. You are also given a full day pass to use on the rocks. This gift is exciting and a one of a kind experience for anyone on your list. It is also budget friendly and gives you a ton of fun for your money.

Walking Tour of Boston

Coming in as one of the most budget friendly options, this walking tour of Boston is great for groups or the couple. You have a choice between four different unique neighborhoods in Boston to explore. This two-hour tour gives you an insider’s look at Boston and its history as a part of this great nation. If you wish, there is still room in your budget to enjoy another tour of another neighborhood as well! Enjoy yourself and experience Boston like you never have before.

Boston Whale Watching

Boston is an amazing place full of amazing wildlife. Enjoy yourself on the sea with this amazing whale watching tour! You and your loved one are able to get up close and personal with one of nature’s most amazing creatures. With over 80 years of experience, the owners of this tour can find the whales for you without much effort. Perfect for the animal lover or the tourist, enjoy this tour on a budget.

Conclusion

All of these gift experiences are perfect for all ages to enjoy. Allow yourself time to enjoy Boston in its entirety and give the gift experience of a lifetime for not much out of your pocket! Visit Boston for a grand adventure.

For more information or to purchase gift experiences from Cloud 9 Living, please head here.

This post was a sponsored post written by Cloud 9 Living. Please see my disclosure policy if you have any questions.

$2 for Burger and Coke at Friendly’s for Customer Appreciation Week

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It’s Customer Appreciation Week at Friendly’s from September 19-25, 2016. You can get an All-American Burger and a coke for $2 during Customer Appreciation Week!

Limit one per person and valid at participating locations in MA, NH, CT, VT, and ME.

For more information, please head here.

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Discount Tickets to the Topsfield Fair

Topsfield Fair DiscountsThe Topsfield Fair is September 30, 2016 to October 10, 2016 in Topsfield, Massachusetts.

Admission to the Topsfield Fair varies. Weekday admission at the gate is $11 and weekend, holiday and admission on October 7, 2016 is $15 at the gate. Children under 8 are FREE with a paid adult. General admission purchased online in advanced is $9 (not sure when the cutoff for this is so buy soon if interested).

On Monday, October 3, 2016, people age 60+ can receive admission for $8 for Senior Citizens Day. On Tuesday, October 4, 2016, military members and their immediate family can receive free admission with proper ID for Military Day.

If you are looking for discounts to the Topsfield Fair, Groupon currently has a daily deal for $22 for two people which also includes skip the line. There is also another option which includes 10 ride tickets, admission for two and skip the line for $49.

If you are an AAA member, you can also receive discount tickets for $9, but you may want to stop into a branch (I’d call first to make sure they carry them/still have some) to grab tickets to avoid shipping charges online.

Also, keep an eye out for coupons at local North Shore businesses for the Topsfield Fair. If you’ve seen Topsfield Fair coupons anywhere, please leave them in the comments to help others out!

Will you be going to the Topsfield Fair this year? Have you been before?

*This post contains an affiliate link to Groupon. Please see my disclosure policy if you have any questions.

 

When the Patriots Win, You Win at Friendly’s!

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This year when the Patriots win, Friendly’s is giving away a free celebration sundae the day after a Patriots win. You do need to purchase an adult entrée to get the free sundae.

For more information or to find your nearest location, please head here.

Even sweeter, Dunkin’ Donuts is offering medium coffee for .87 in celebration of #87 the day after a Patriots win!

Go Pats!

Thanks, BLOTC!

 

Cheap Weekend Fun in Boston for September 17-18, 2016!

Cheap Weekend Events in Boston

There’s so many fun and cheap things to do this weekend in Boston. As always, please let me know in the comments below if I missed your favorite free event.

MixFest 2016: Saturday, September 17, 2016 at the DCR Hatch Shell. Enjoy a FREE concert with OneRepublic, Ingrid Michaelson, Shaggy, and more. Gates open at 11am.

South Boston Street Festival: Saturday, September 17, 2016 from 11-4pm. Enjoy live entertainment, local merchants, children activities and much more! Free.

2016 Boston Social Fitness Festival: Saturday, September 17, 2016 at City Hall Plaza. Get moving with a free day of fitness activities and fun!

Curious George’s 75th Birthday Celebration: Saturday, September 17, 2016 in Cambridge. Celebrate Curious George’s birthday with cake, activities and more. Free, but a birthday gift is recommended.

Roslindale Porch Fest: Saturday, September 17, 2016 in Roslindale. Enjoy some free music from the porches of local musicians from Roslindale.

Boston Local Food Festival: Sunday, September 18, 2016 on the Greenway. Enjoy a free festival that focuses on healthy food from New England.

Hub on Wheels: Sunday, September 18, 2016. Ride along a car-free Storrow Drive on Sunday for the 12th Annual TD Hub on Wheels Citywide Bike Ride.

The Taste of WGBH Food & Wine Festival: Sunday, September 18, 2016 at WGBH studios in Brighton. Ten Top Chefs are going at it at a Food Fight with only one winner as well as chef demos, pop-up treats, music, and more. Discount tickets can be found for $20-30 via Goldstar Boston (affiliate link).

13th Annual Revels RiverSing: Sunday, September 18, 2016 in Harvard Square. Join thousands of people in song as we wave goodbye to summer.

Shellfish Shindig: Sunday, September 18, 2016 from 2-4pm at Legal Seafoods in Harvard Square. Head to the Charles Square Legal Seafood’s location for $1 oysters!

South Street Diner Customer Appreciation Day: Sunday, September 18, 2016 from 2-6pm at the South Street Diner. Get appreciated on Sunday with free family fun and free food.

Quincy ArtsFest: September 17-18, 2016 in Quincy, MA. Enjoy live entertainment, artwork, and children activities for this fun event.

South End Open Market: Every Sunday though October from 10-4pm at the Ink Block! Enjoy three amazing markets every Sunday at a new location, the Ink Block! Enjoy a farmers market, handcrafted goods, and delicious food trucks at the South End Open Market.

Harvard Art Museums: Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Saturday morning from 10am to Noon year-round with proof of residency

Harvard Museum of Natural History: Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Sunday morning from 9am to Noon year-round with proof of residency

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology: Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Sunday morning from 9am to Noon year-round with proof of residency

You can also find discounts for The Big E and King Richard’s Faire if you are getting away from the city this weekend.

Also, keep an eye out at your favorite Boloco as they are currently giving away free burritos at different locations for seven days!

Hope you have a great weekend!

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Free Burritos at Boloco for 7 Days

Free Burritos at Boloco in Boston

Heads up! Boloco is hosting 7 days of Free Burritos at their various locations when you make a donation to the David Ortiz Children Fund.

Today, September 14, 2016, Boloco is giving free burritos (with donation) at their Berklee location from 11-8pm and tomorrow, September 15, 2016, their will be free burritos at Emerson from 11-8pm.

You are going to have to follow Boloco on Twitter, Facebook, or sign up to their e-mail list for more information about their other future free burritos day as info is limited at this time.

For more information about free burritos at Boloco, head here or check them out on social media.

Also, don’t forget to download the Boloco app and get $5 for signing up if you haven’t done so already! (I get $5 too if you use my referral link– thanks!)