Warm apple cider, crisp juicy apples, and fresh cider doughnuts are probably the best parts of fall in New England. In the whimsical world of the pick-your-own apples, time slows down, and everything is a little better. Apple-picking season is prime time for some relaxation!
Measured from downtown, these five apple-picking spots are less than an hour’s drive away from the city, so break out your fuzzy sweaters and cobbler recipes, it’s time for apple-picking bliss.
Belkin Family Lookout Farm
89 Pleasant St., South Natick, Massachusetts, 508-653-0653, lookoutfarm.com.
- Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily,
- Price: Daily: $9 Weekend: $15 (Children under two always free)
$14 for 6-pound bag, $22 for 12-pound bag, $36 for 30-pound bag.
One of the oldest working farms in the country, Belkin Family Lookout is Boston staple. Aside from being really close to the city, at this farm you can pick Asian pears and pumpkins too! On the weekends, enjoy face painting, train rides, farm animals and more. If you are over 21, stop by the taproom for some post-picking cider
54 Felton St., Peabody, Massachusetts, 978-531-7456, brooksbyfarm.org.
- Hours:9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily
- Price: $9 for 1/2-peck bag (approx. 5 pounds), $17 for 1-peck bag (approx. 10 pounds), $30 for 1/2-bushel bag (approx. 20 pounds)
The scent of cider and doughnuts, the crisp breeze and the perfect apples make Brooksby one of the coziest farms on this list! The store also takes on a heartwarming holiday theme throughout the seasons, with fresh pies and baked goods (to fill your gift baskets).Complete with barnyard animals, Brooksby is a must!
30 Valley Road, Danvers, Massachusetts, 978-777-1245, connorsfarm.com.
- Hours: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily
- Price: Mon-Fri: $9.99 Sat & Sun: $13.99 (Children under two always free);
$9.95 for 1/2-peck bag, $17.95 for 1-peck bag, $29.95 for 1/2-bushel bag
Apple-picking is available all week, but the weekends can’t be beat on Connors Farm. Between a corn maze, hayrides, bouncy houses and more, everyone is sure to have a great time! Connors has also taken on Halloween, transforming in into a haunted farm with a flashlight maze, haunted corn fields and zombie safari paintball.
138 Sudbury Road, Stow, Massachusetts, 978-562-5666, honeypothill.com.
- Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily
- Price: Cash/check only, $18 for 10-pound bag (allows a family of three, or two adults), $28 for 20-pound bag (allows family of five, or three adults)
One of Boston’s premier orchards, Honeypot Hill is sure to satisfy your fall cravings with warm cider, caramel apples, cider doughnuts and apple pies. Not only is the farm perfect for relaxing and picking apples, you can also enjoy the new Big Green Monster Hedge maze!
106 W. Acton Road, Stow, Massachusetts, 978-897-9287,shelburnefarm.com.
- Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily
- Price: $22 for one peck (approx. 10 pounds), $30 for 1/2 bushel (approx. 20 pounds)
Ready for Halloween? Pick the perfect carving pumpkin for $0.60 per pound. On the weekends families can enjoy hayride tours of the orchard or hangout at the hay and tractor play areas .