14 Gorgeous Orchards for Apple Picking Outside of Boston

Soak up the autumnal vibes on a fruit-filled getaway.

Fall is one of the most cherished seasons for New Englanders and visitors alike. There’s foliage to drool over, epic hikes to lace up for, and Halloween’s spooky festivities lurk right around the corner. However, at the absolute top of the list remains the obvious: good old fashioned apple picking. Across Massachusetts—and not far from Boston—you’ll find ample orchards to choose from, some with hayrides, farm stands, and other quaint features bound to melt your heart. Here are our picks for the best apple pickin’ spots within driving distance of Boston.

Carver Hill Orchard
Carver Hill Orchard

Carver Hill Orchard

Stow
Distance from Boston: 1 hour
Looking to zip through the country while en route to a hidden orchard oasis? Consider Stow’s Carver Hill Orchard the perfect backdrop for picking up a cornucopia of fresh produce. We’re talking everything from squash, zucchini, blueberries, peaches, and of course, U-pick apples.
Price: $18 for a peck

Tougas Family Farm
Tougas Family Farm

Tougas Family Farm

Northborough
Distance from Boston: 50 minutes
With just about every kind of fruit on the menu, Tougas Family Farm doesn’t disappoint in the picking department. There’s also their popular barnyard, playground, and farm kitchen to peruse after you finish perusing the fields. Stop by the store for an order of apple cider donuts topped with endlessly creamy Tougas Farm Kitchen’s ice cream and call it a day well spent.
Price: $32 for a peck

Lookout Farm
Lookout Farm

Belkin Family Lookout Farm

South Natick
Distance from Boston: 30 minutes
Even though it’s widely acknowledged as one of the oldest farms in the country, Lookout is still kickin’ with a plentiful selection of the crispiest and sweetest apples around. It keeps things modern, too, with The Lookout, an outdoor dining escape offering up a menu of craft ciders and beers for a post-pick cooldown. Heads up—U-Pick reservations are required again this year, so be sure to check the website for rules and available times.
Price: $20 for a half peck

Dowse Orchards
Dowse Orchards

Dowse Orchards

Sherborn
Distance from Boston: 30 minutes
With more than 50 acres of land and dozens of apple varieties to choose from, Dowse Orchards is a go-to for filling up on fresh fruit this fall. Stocked with all the seasonal favorites including sweet homemade cider, this roadside farmstand has been operating for more than 60 years. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for apple availability updates.
Price: $16 for a small bag

Brooksby Farm
Brooksby Farm

Brooksby Farm

Peabody
Distance from Boston: 35 minutes
Brooksby Farm grows just about every fruit and vegetable you can possibly imagine. From squash to pumpkins to—you guessed it—apples, this homey hideaway has all of your seasonal cravings on lock. The famous onsite bakery also whips up some of the tastiest treats around, including apple cider donuts, muffins, and monkey bread. For updated safety guidelines, visit the farm’s website or check out their Facebook page to see what’s ripe for the picking.
Price: $10 per person (includes small bag)

Boston Hill Farm
Boston Hill Farm

Boston Hill Farm

North Andover
Distance from Boston: 35 minutes
This 12-generation, family-owned and -operated farm will continue offering U-pick this year without requiring a reservation. Here you’ll find all the fruit and fall harvest goodies you need, including both apples and pumpkins. And if you’re in the mood to indulge in the farmstand’s lineup of fresh baked pies, donuts, and fudge, take advantage of curbside service to keep things safe and comfortable.
Price: $30 for a peck

Connors Farm
Connors Farm

Connors Farm

Danvers
Distance from Boston: 40 minutes
Now open for the season, Connors Farm is getting ready to unveil their 2021 corn maze—and it’s quite the big deal, just pop over to their website to see former iterations of the agricultural masterpiece. Elsewhere, homemade baked goods and grocery items are available to grab in-person at the farm stand as well as via curbside pick-up and delivery.
Price: $11.99 for a half-peck

Russell Orchards
Russell Orchards

Russell Orchards

Ipswich
Distance from Boston: 50 minutes
This 120-acre, family-owned and -operated farm is a one-stop-shop for all things fall. Between the 20+ apple varieties available for picking and the adjoining barnyard, bakery, and produce store, Russell Orchards provides something for everyone in your group.
Price: $5 admission; $20 for a small bag

Nashoba Valley Winery, Orchard and Restaurant
Nashoba Valley Winery, Orchard and Restaurant

Nashoba Winery

Bolton
Distance from Boston: 1 hour, 10 minutes
You should definitely enlist the help of a designated driver for this weekend getaway. Nashoba Winery offers both apple picking and wine tastings on their scenic grounds. There’s also a distillery and brewery onsite, so you may as well stick around for a while.
Price: $20 for a peck

Carlson Orchards
Carlson Orchards

Carlson Orchards

Harvard
Distance from Boston: 45 minutes
Carlson Orchards takes pride in its premium acreage, and is committed to filling everyone in on what the talented farmers are harvesting and when. To better educate yourself on apples, the farm takes you through its varieties with descriptions on their website. What’s best for a pie? No need to guess because this place has you covered. There are also six-packs of the farm’s famous hard ciders, Oak Hill Blend and Shandy Stand, calling your name.
Price: $20 for a small bag

Honey Pot Hill Orchards
Honey Pot Hill Orchards

Honey Pot Hill Orchards

Stow
Distance from Boston: 50 minutes
Founded in 1926, beloved Honey Pot Hill Orchards has been welcoming visitors to their picturesque farm for U-pick apples, peaches, blueberries, and other small crops for years. In addition to the freshest pickins out there, Honey Pot Hill Orchards also offers endless fall activities like hayrides to and from the orchard, mazes, and a petting zoo with goats, rabbits, pigs, and miniature horses.
Price: $20 for a small bag

Red Apple Farm
Red Apple Farm

Red Apple Farm

Phillipston
Distance from Boston: 1 hour
You’ve probably caught a whiff of Red Apple Farm’s apple cider donuts at the Boston Public Market, but now’s the time to take a trip to the source. Not only will you find rows of trees heavy with a variety of different in-season apples, but you can also pick your own sunflowers and grab a bite (and drink) at the Brew Barn while you’re at it.
Price: $22 for a small bag

Smolak Farms
Smolak Farms

Smolak Farms

North Andover
Distance from Boston: 45 minutes
With blueberries and peaches currently in season, apple picking will soon be next at Smolak Farms. For weekly updates, check the farm’s website or Facebook page for U-pick availability. You can also take a peek at the farm stand’s special to-go meal menu if you’re craving more than fruit during your journey.
Price: $20 for a small bag

Parlee Farms
Parlee Farms

Parlee Farms

Tyngsboro
Distance from Boston: 50 minutes
This pick-your-own-farm not only has a wide variety of apples to choose from, but an option to cut your own flowers through late September. Another plus to making the trip out? The farm’s Mary’s Country Kitchen and Bakery serves up homemade baked goods. A bag of donuts and fresh cut flowers? That’s one way to win someone’s heart. Before you go, see the farm’s COVID-19 protocol and check out Facebook for updates.
Price: $25 for a small bag

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