5 farms for apple picking near Boston, MA

How β€˜bout them apples? 🍎

Multiple apples hanging at an orchard

Whether you want β€˜em by the bushel or peck, these farms have you covered.

Photo by @aprilmaena

It’s not a New England fall without a day of apple picking. Most local orchards offer pick-your-own apples now through November.

Luckily, there are plenty of options about an hour drive away from Boston β€” here are our top picks for picking.

Lookout Farm, 89 Pleasant St., South Natick
πŸ“ ~17 miles from Boston
πŸ—“οΈ Tuesday-Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

  • Plan ahead and pre-purchase your U-Pick bags to save on weekend visits β€” bags range from $20-24. Pro tip: make a reservation to dine at the outdoor picnic tables and sip the farm’s signature hard cider.

Honey Pot Hill Orchards, 16 Boon Rd., Stow
πŸ“ ~28 miles from Boston
πŸ—“οΈ Daily from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

  • Pick a peck (10 lbs) of apples for $22 or a half bushel (20 lbs) for $33. You can also visit the farm store for cider donuts, jams + jellies, and a variety of baked goodies.
Red picnic tables set up on a farm with barns

Lookout Farm serves wagyu burgers, lobster rolls + deep dish pizza.

Photo by @lfbeerandcider

Shelburne Farm, 106 West Acton Rd., Stow
πŸ“ ~31 miles from Boston
πŸ—“οΈ Daily from 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m. on weekdays + 6 p.m. on weekends

  • Pick pears + pumpkins along with your apples ($29+) and hop on a 15-minute hayride ($3 per person) for some family fun.

C N Smith Farm, 325 South St., East Bridgewater
πŸ“ ~34 miles from Boston
πŸ—“οΈ Tuesday-Sunday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

  • One peck bag costs $32 and admits one to three people. Plus, the family-owned South Shore farm serves unbeatable cider donuts in City Editor Sara’s humble opinion.

Cider Hill Farm, 45 Fern Ave., Amesbury
πŸ“ ~47 miles from Boston
πŸ—“οΈ Daily from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

  • Buy pick-your-own tickets at the farm or online for $12+. Be sure to stop by the barn yard, hard cider bar, and food truck while you’re there.

One last pro tip: visit each farm’s website to see which apples are currently picking before your visit.

Should we follow this up with a guide to pick-your-own pumpkin farms? Let us know.

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