Our Top 5 Apple Picking Orchards in Greater Boston
Posted on: October 12, 2017 | Family Activities
It’s finally beginning to feel and look like Fall in New England!
The time has come for cozy sweaters, boots, pumpkin spice everything, Halloween decorations, leaf peeping, and outings to pumpking patches, corn mazes, and APPLE ORCHARDS!
Whether you’re looking for some scenic pregnancy bump photo ops (with the added perk of delicious cider donuts) or a fun-filled family excursion, the Greater Boston area is chock full of apple picking options. Here are some of our tried and true favorite local spots:
1. Cider Hill Farm – Amesbury
Cider Hill Farm has plenty of options for pick-your-own apples along with kid-friendly activities such as a Farmer Glenn’s trike yard, giant sandbox, and bee observatory. The farm store and bakery offer an incredible variety of locally sourced, small batch delicacies and treats.
2. Boston Hill Farm – North Andover
With fall festivals running every weekend from September 16th to the end of October, this 12 generation family-owned and operated farm just 30 minutes north of Boston offers apple and pumpkin picking, homemade cider donuts, live music, BBQs, ice cream, a farm stand stocked with goodies, and even a petting zoo!
3. Russell Orchards – Ipswich
Just a short drive from beautiful Crane Beach, Russell Orchards offers pick-your-own apples apples (cash only) daily, along with hay rides and cider pressing demonstrations on weekends. Kids can interact and learn about farm animals at the barnyard, while adults might enjoy dropping by for one of the weekly wine tastings.
4. Connors Farm – Danvers
If you’re looking for an activity-packed day for the entire family, Connors Farm has all the bells and whistles. With plenty of options for all ages, highlights include a petting zoo, zipline, paint ball, 7-acre corn maze, and a famous haunted farm attraction for the more adventurous.
5. Applecrest Farm – Hampton Falls, NH
Okay, this one is not technically even in Massachusetts, but it is so worth the drive! Not only is it New Hampshire’s oldest and largest apple orchard, but it’s also the oldest continuously operated apple orchard in the United States! With festivals all year-round, upcoming events include Oktoberfest celebrations for adults, storybook hay rides for the little ones, and tons of live music. All that on top of wonderful apple picking opportunities and being the home of New England Creamery and a lovely farm-to-table bistro. Make a day trip of it with the whole family and don’t miss out!
Wondering what to do with all those delicious, crisp apples?
Whether picked from the tree or the farm stand, check out some family-friendly recipes for inspiration on making the most out of your apple picking adventures.