- Belkin Family Lookout Farm
Located in South Natick less than 20 miles from Boston, Lookout Farm is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. In addition to apple picking, the farm offers train rides, farm animals to visit, a hay pyramid, and a farm maze. The farm also has a taproom where they serve fall-inspired beers and ciders. Those visiting the farm should be aware that there is an entrance fee to the farm and additional charges for picking fruit.
- Boston Hill Farm
Located in North Andover, this farm’s apple orchard is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. For just $20 visitors can pick a large bag of apples, and make sure to stop by the farm stand for baked goods and fresh vegetables. In late September through October, pumpkins are also available for picking.
- Smolak Farms
Another North Andover farm, Smolak is open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Smolak charges $20 for a peck of apples, and also offers pick-your-own pumpkins starting in late September. The farm also offers free hayrides, farm animals, and a playground for the kids.
- Brooksby Farm
Located 30 miles from Boston in Peabody, Massachusetts, Brooksby Farm is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. This farm is a desirable destination, as the apples are significantly cheaper here than at many other farms and orchards; a peck of apples costs only $12.
- Carlson Orchards
Carlson Orchards is a bit of a trek from Boston, located 45 miles outside of the city in Harvard. Apple picking is offered daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. A peck of apples costs $30 at Carlson Orchards, but there are many other orchards in the Harvard area if visitors want to grab a small amount from each farm to save money.
- Doe Orchards
One of the other great orchards in Harvard is Doe Orchards, open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. In addition to apples, Doe Orchards also sells fresh honey and allows visitors a glimpse into the honey-making process. A large bag of apples at this orchard will cost visitors around $23.
- Carver Hill Orchard
Also a bit of a distance from Boston, Carver Hill Orchard is located 50 minutes from the city in Stow, Massachusetts. The orchard is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Bags of apples are a bit of a bargain here at Carver Hill, with prices ranging from $14 to $22.
- Honeypot Hill Orchards
While in Stow, visitors should also check out Honeypot Hill Orchards, open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. In addition to a large bag of apples costing $28, Honeypot Hill offers farm animals to visit, a huge hedge maze, and hay wagon rides.
- Connors Farm
Located just 30 minutes outside of Boston in Danvers, Connors Farm is a hidden gem that visitors should make an effort to check out. The farm is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. It has a $10 admission fee, which covers not only apple picking, but also a corn maze, farm animals, and a variety of farm and fall-inspired games.
For dedicated apple pickers, Russell Orchards is located about an hour outside of the city in Ipswich, Massachusetts. The orchard is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The farm holds a $3 entrance fee, and charges $20 for a bag of apples. This orchard accepts only cash, which visitors should check beforehand before visiting any of these orchards.