Apple picking is a beloved fall activity for Bostonians and suburban New Englanders alike. With so many orchards and farms around the city to choose from, how do you know which one to go to? Fear not—we’ve rounded up the best apple picking locations near Boston. So, bundle up and get ready for true farm-to-table produce!
This picturesque Stow, MA farm has been a popular destination since 1926. With seven types of apples to pick from as well as hedge mazes and farm animals, there’s no doubt you could spend an entire day here—just make sure to stop by their ATM before you hit the road since apple picking is cash only.
138 Sudbury Road, Stow, MA 01775
If you’re looking for a farm with more produce options, Dowse Orchards is the place for you. Their farm stand features pumpkins, gourds, and a fall staple—apple cider. Only a 40 minute ride from Boston, it’s perfect if you want to experience apple-picking and have some fun in the city on the same day.
98 N Main St, Sherborn, MA 01770
As one of the oldest working farms in the United States, this Natick location is another great choice if you want to stay closer to town. In addition to apple and pear picking, the farm has a pumpkin patch, maze, hay rides, and a bevy of freshly baked pies and food. And if you’re looking to imbibe, they recently opened their own craft cider taproom!
89 Pleasant St S, Natick, MA 01760
Brooksby Farm in Peabody, MA is a short 30 minute drive from Boston. If you’re feeling up to it, kill two birds with one stone and stop by the next town over where the infamous Salem Witch Trials were held. A day of apple picking and witchcraft—sounds like a perfect way to spend a Fall day trip.
54 Felton St, Peabody, MA 01960
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