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Where to go apple picking near Boston

Pick crisp, tasty apples right from the tree at these farms that offer apple picking plus other fun fall activities

By Time Out Boston Staff

Apple picking is one of the quintessential autumn activities in New England. Fresh, crisp apples in multiple varieties taste even better when you pick them yourself. Head to these farms within an easy drive of Boston to pick apples, sip hot apple cider, get your fill of fresh cider donuts, pet farm animals, and enjoy other seasonal, family-friendly activities. Some farms may require reservations, so be sure to call in advance. For more seasonal activities, check out where to see the best fall foliage in Boston, where to go hiking near Boston, where to go pumpkin picking near Boston, and where to get the best hot chocolate in Boston.

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Where to go apple picking near Boston

Connors Farm
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Christina R.

1. Connors Farm

Make a day of it at Connors Farm in Danvers. A destination in itself, the farm has a huge corn maze, barnyard animals, a farm stand with homemade goods, and delicious food including roasted corn on the cob and barbecue. Finish up a day of activity by picking some apples, then enjoy a hot cider donut.

Honey Pot Hill
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2. Honey Pot Hill

A tractor-drawn hayride takes you out to the orchards at this farm in Stow. Pick some Macs, Paula Reds, Spartans, Winesaps and more. Take a few fresh cider donuts to the picnic area and snap a pic with the old tractor. There are farm animals, a hedge maze, a mini-maze for the kids, and, on the weekends, a hard cider tent.

Boston Hill Farm
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3. Boston Hill Farm

Twelve generations of the same family have kept this North Andover farm going strong. Enjoy a quintessential New England autumn experience as you pick varieties like Cortland, Macoun, Ginger Gold and Paula Red. Afterwards, try a fresh apple cider donut or any of the other delicious homemade goods in their farm stand. It’s dog-friendly too!

Carlson Orchards
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4. Carlson Orchards

This 120-acre farm in Harvard has been growing fruits and veggies since the ‘30s. Head to the farm to pick your own from varieties including Macoun, Cortland, Crispin, and more, including a secret Baldwin variety that you have to find on your own. After, enjoy hot cider and fresh apple crisp, or stop in the Taproom for hard cider straight from the tap.

Lookout Farm
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Jie L.

5. Lookout Farm

Located in South Natick, Lookout Farm is one of the closest options to the city for apple picking. Hop on one of the farm trains that circle the orchards; announcements are made at each stop, so hop off when you hear what you want to pick. You’ll find varieties such as Gala, Golden Supreme, Shizuka and Macintosh.

Carver Hill Orchard
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Michelle C.

6. Carver Hill Orchard

Escape to the country at this family-run farm in Stow. The orchard is open for pick-your-own daily. Stop by the country store for fresh-picked produce, cider donuts, eggs, jams and jellies, and other homemade treats. Picnicking is welcome, so you can enjoy a full day out on the farm.

Parlee Farms
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7. Parlee Farms

This Tyngsboro farm has 19 acres of juicy apples, featuring more than 20 varieties including Macoun, Morning Mist Fuji, Snowsweet, and more. After picking, watch hot apple cider donuts being made before devouring a few, or enjoy a warm apple crisp from Mary’s Country Kitchen.

Shelburne Farm
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8. Shelburne Farm

Shelburne Farm in Stow has all the popular apple varieties for picking plus heirloom options with fun names like Opalescent, Pink Pearl, Esopus Spitzenburg and Sheepnose (available fresh-picked in the shop). There’s a farm kitchen serving hot cider donuts, sweet treats and items from the grill. Don’t forget to say hello to the barnyard menagerie.


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