Crisp fall air is entering New England, and that can only mean one thing — it’s apple picking time! Apple orchards are speckled throughout the Boston area, and each has something special (and delicious!) to offer!

Little girl holding basket of apples

Autumn Hill

495 Chicopee Row, Groton :: (978) 448-8388

Come enjoy the beautiful views over 84 acres of scenic farmland as you pick from 25 varieties of apples!

Belkin Family Lookout Farm

89 Pleasant Street, South Natick :: 508-653-0653

Belkin Family Lookout Farm offers a large variety of apples to pick, plus hayrides to the orchards! Weekend reservations are strongly encouraged, as the farm cannot guarantee walk-in availability. 

Berlin Orchards

310 Sawyer Hill Road, Berlin :: (978) 838-2400

The orchard offers 12 varieties of apples, plus hay wagon rides on the weekends between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The last entry into the orchard is at 4:30 p.m.

Boston Hill Farm

1370 Turnpike Street, North Andover :: 978-681-8556

The picking fields are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and modified fall festivals run each weekend through October. Look for live music, a petting zoo, ice cream, and so much more!

Brooksby Farm

54 Felton Street, Peabody :: 978-531-7456

This historic farm offers pick-your-own fruit summer through fall, plus animals, a shop, and hayrides.

Carlson Orchards

115 Oak Hill Road, Harvard :: (978) 456-3916

Visit the cider barn Thursday through Sunday for a delicious treat! There are more than 14 varieties of apples available to pick throughout the season. Pick-your-own is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Carver Hill Orchard

101 Brookside Avenue, Stow :: (978) 897-6117

Pick some apples, grab some cider donuts from the farm store, spread out a blanket, and enjoy a picnic! Pick-your-own is available daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Connor’s Farm

30 Valley Road, Danvers :: 978-777-1245

Pick apples and enjoy a fun-filled day on the farm! The corn maze and play area are open for the season! This year’s theme is “lost in space.”

C. N. Smith Farm

325 South Street, East Bridgewater :: (508) 378-2270

Enjoy a hayride to the orchard, plus farm animals, delicious cider donuts, and a farm stand! This farm has been family owned and operated for over 80 years.

Doe’s Orchard

327 Ayer Road, Harvard :: (978) 772-4139

Pick-your-own apples, pumpkins, and gourds, and enjoy some local honey, cider, and maple syrup! 

Drew Farm

31 Tadmuck Road, Westford :: (978) 807-0719

After picking your apples, enjoy the beautiful views with a picnic lunch — this orchard is perched on a hill that provides spectacular fall foliage viewing!

Hill Orchard

4 Hunt Road, Westford :: 437 Parker Road, Dracut :: (978) 349-1952

Hayrides to the orchards are available! Pick-your-own is available Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Honey Pot Hill Orchards

138 Sudbury Road, Stowe :: (978) 562-5666

Apple picking is cash only and open until 5 p.m. daily! Get lost in one of three mazes, visit the farm animals, and enjoy a hard cider or a cider donut while you are there! Hayrides are available on the weekends.

Meadowbrook Orchards

209 Chace Hill Road, Sterling :: (978) 365-7617

Enjoy picking four kinds of apples, then enjoy a delicious dinner at the restaurant and bakery inside! Pick-your-own is available Tuesday through Sunday.

Nicewicz Family Farm

116 Sawyer Road, Bolton :: (978) 779-6423

Enjoy a hayride while you pick your own apples! The farm stand is open daily.

Parlee Farms

95 Farwell Road, Tyngsboro :: (978) 649-3854

Make sure to visit Mary’s Country Kitchen and the picnic area for delicious snacks! The little ones will love Annie’s Animal Barn, the hay play maze, and Farmer Mark’s tractor training course! 

Rogers Spring Hill Garden and Farm Center

1269 Boston Road Ward Hill, Haverhill :: (978) 372-4780 

Enjoy a hayride to the orchard to pick your own apples and pumpkins! Pick-your-own is open September 18 through October 30!

Russell Orchards

143 Argilla Road, Ipswich :: (978) 356-5366

In addition to picking apples, adults can enjoy the orchard’s delicious wines and hard ciders!

Shelburne Farm

106 West Acton Road, Stow :: (978) 897-9287

Pick-your-own is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.! Enjoy hay rides, cider donuts, and play areas for the little ones! No cash accepted.

Tougas Family Farm

234 Ball Street, Northborough :: (508) 393-6406 

Admission includes access to the barnyard animals and playground areas, a picnic area, and wagon rides when available!

Westward Orchards

178 Mass Avenue, Harvard :: (978) 456-8363

Pick delicious apples, and don’t forget to try the amazing cider donuts!

Deanna is a mom of five (yes, five) children, who lives in Brockton with her small circus of kids, her husband, their dog Penny, and a few cats. Her life is loud, energetic, mostly fun, often gross (did she mention four of those kids are boys?), and she wouldn't have it any other way. In between carting kids to school, baseball, gymnastics, guitar, dance, track and field and every other kid activity known to mankind, she works as a school bus driver for the city of Brockton, and is the Director of Religious Education at the Unity Church of North Easton, a Unitarian Universalist congregation. Deanna also holds degrees in Elementary Physical Education and Dance Education, which she plans to put back into use one day. At parties, Deanna can often be found hanging out with family pets. She follows her children around with a camera like the paparazzi, is pretty sure that 97% of her blood stream is made of coffee, and her laundry is never done. You can also find her blogging at