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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.