Boston Apple Picking and Local Farms

Apple picking and pumpkin picking is such a fall activity to do in New England and there’s so many great farms to choose from!

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

Originally written September, 2016 and Updated for 2017 and 2018 Apple Picking season. 

Belkin Family Lookout Farm, South Natick

  • Train rides, farm animals, hay pyramid, farm maze, children caterpillar rides, weekend hayrides, apple & pumpkin picking, and more!
  • Open daily from 10-5pm
  • Weekend/holiday rate: $18 for adults, $15 for children under 12; Weekday admission is $15 for adults, $12 for children under 12, children under 2 are free
  • Fruit bags are $14 small, $22 medium, and $36 large

Dowse Orchards, Sherborn

  • Apple picking: $16 for a half peck bag {2017 pricing)
  • Open 10-5pm on weekends (weekend only)

Highland Farm, Holliston

  • Apple picking available on weekends 10-4:30pm
  • Fruit bags are $10 for 1/2 peck, $20 for a peck, and $35 for 1/2 bushel

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 8 people into orchard
  • Open daily 11-4:30pm, must buy picking bag before 4pm

Carlson Orchards, Harvard

  • Apple picking daily from 9-4pm
  • Apple picking prices: $19 for a peck bag and $29 for 1/2 bushel {2017 pricing}

Tougas Family Farm, Northborough

  • Pick your own, wagon rides, playground, farm animals, pumpkin patch, and more!
  • Apple picking: $30 for 10/lb peck bag, admits max of 4 people, $40 for 20/lb 1/2 bushel bag, admits 6 people
  • 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: $20 for 10/lb peck bag, $33 for 20/lb 1/2 bushel bag
  • Pumpkin picking: .60 per pound
  • Open daily 9-5pm, rain or shine
  • $10 for all-day unlimited admission for child play area (adults are free with child), weekends only
  • Hayrides are $2 per person

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 {2017 pricing}
  • Open daily 9:30-5pm for pick your own
  • 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 2018 picking season
  • Open daily 10-5pm

Pickard Farm, Littleton

  • Tractor drawn hayride (weekends only) and pumpkin patch
  • Pumpkin picking: pumpkin prices vary, over 15 acres of pumpkins (no admission charge or parking charge)
  • 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 (save 10% for weekday visits)
  • Over 40,000 pumpkins in the field: pumpkins are .75/lb, minimum $2.75
  • Pick your own hours vary based on weather/conditions, get updated information here.

Cider Hill Farm, Amesbury

  • Apple picking: $20 for one peck, up tp 4 people, $35 for 1/2 bushel, up to 6 people
  • Open daily from 8-5PM

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 10lb peck bag, $40 for 1/2 bushel bag 24/lb bag, and $45 for 1/2 bushel basket {2017 pricing}
  • Apple picking is open daily from 8-5PM, last admission is at 4:15PM
  • Children Festival: Weekends 10-4pm, $12 for children and free for children under 2 and adults
  • Hop on Hayrides are $5 per person, children under 2 free
  • Corn Maze: $5 per person

Boston Hill Farm, North Andover

  • Apple picking: $20 for a 10/lb peck bag, $38 for 20/lb 1/2 bushel bag {2016 pricing}
  • 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 {2016 pricing}
  • Open 9-6pm daily from September 8-October 14, closes at 5pm otherwise

Connors Farm, Danvers

  • Corn maze, barnyard animals, hayrides, grain train, live entertainment, haunted farm, pick your own, and much more!
  • General admission tickets: $14.95 for 3 and up, free for kids 2 and under
  • Apple picking: $17.95 for 10/lb peck bag, $29.95 for 20/lb 1/2 bushel bag {2016 pricing}
  • Open daily 8-6pm
  • Check Groupon for daily deals and discount tickets for Connors Farm

Russell Orchards, Ipswich

  • Hayrides, farm animals, pick your own, and more
  • Apple picking: $20 for peck size bag on weekends and holidays, weekday pricing is per pound
  • Open 9-6pm daily, cash only

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, Pick-your-own pumpkins on weekends only from 10-4pm
  • Apple Picking: $28 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 or check only {2016 pricing}
  • $3 per person for hayride into the orchard or drive into the orchard for free
  • Open on select days for Apple Picking for 2018: September 8, 9, 5 & 16

Ward’s Berry Farm, Sharon

  • Hayrides, pumpkin picking, barnyard animals, and more
  • Pumpkin picking: prices vary depending on size
  • Pumpkin patch open daily 9-4pm (not yet)
  • Hayrides: $3 per person for ages 3+, weather permitting

Nihtila Farm, Holbrook

  • Pick your own pumpkins, hayride, farm animals, and more
  • Open Friday, Saturday, and Sundays from 11-6pm
  • Call for pricing, cash only

The only organic apple farm I could find in the Greater Boston area is Old Frog Pond Farm in Harvard, MA but they are not doing Apple Picking this year due to poor crop.

Please let me know in the comments below if I missed your favorite spot or if your favorite is on the list.

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