Before You Go
- Go Early - Apple picking is such a popular fall activity especially for families with small children. If you want to avoid crowds, try to go as early as possible on the weekends. Columbus Day Weekend is a popular picking time, so be prepared for crowds.
- More Than Meets the Eye - There are a large number or orchards in Massachusetts, and this list highlights only a small portion. For a comprehensive list of orchards, visit the Massachusetts Pick Your Own Apples website.
- Room for Fido? - Strolling through an open orchard with Fido in tow may seem like a good idea, however many orchards do not allow dogs for sanitation reasons. Be sure to check the rules for each orchard regarding family pets.
Honey Pot Hill Orchards
144 Sudbury Road,
Stow, MA 01775
Hours: 10am to 5pm during picking season
Located about 22 miles west of Boston, Honey Pot Hill Orchards is the perfect place for families to pick apples and participate in numerous activities for children. In addition to cider, donuts, pies, and other treats, Honey Pot offers 25 varieties of apples for picking and purchase in their store. Visit the Honey Pot website for details about the growing season, apple varieties, and family activities including hayrides, a hedge maze, and the chance to meet Honey Pot's loveable mascot, Henry.
Cider Hill Farm
45 Fern Avenue
Amesbury, MA 01913
Hours: 8am to 6pm (May 5 through November 26)
Winner of the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture Resources cider contest, Cider Hill Farm, located in Amesbury, is a great place for readers nearer to the North Shore. Cider Hill has plenty of activities for families and also includes a greenhouse and a view of the cider making process.
Nashoba Valley Winery
92 Wattaquadock Hill Road
Bolton, MA 01740
Hours: 10am to 5pm
Highly regarded as one of the best places to pick apples in Massachusetts, Nashoba Valley Winery offers nearly 4,500 apple trees in a country setting. And here, you get a bonus, when you stop to pick apples on the weekend, you can also tour the winery and sample some wine.
143 Argilla Road,
Ipswich, MA 01938
Hours: 9am to 5pm
Admission: $3 (credited to your purchase at check out)
Located near idyllic Crane Beach, Russell Orchards is a scenic place for picking and (according to locals) eating apple cider donuts. Russell Orchards also offers a variety of fruit wines such as cherry, blackberry, and pear. Hard ciders are available as well.
Cristy is a Boston-based blogger in constant pursuit of fun activities in the city. Read more of her work at bostonurbansafari.blogspot.com
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