Wondering where to go apple picking near Boston? It's one of the most popular activities here in New England when autumn rolls around. In honor of the first day of fall we’ve put together a list of PYO orchards and farms that are just a short drive outside of Boston. Plan a trip and start gathering your favorite apple recipes!
315 South Bradford Street
North Andover, MA
Drive time: 1 hour, 3 minutes
Apple picking kicks off at Smolak Farms on Saturday, September 12th! Smolak is family friendly and offers a Harvest Festival that runs every weekend through Halloween. On the farm you can find plenty of kid-oriented activities like apple picking, pumpkin picking, a corn maze, hayrides, and pony rides. Finish the day with one of their famous cider donuts from the farmstand.
30 Valley Road
Danvers, MA 01923
Drive time: 41 minutes
With many activities, Connors Farm is another great option for families. A general admission ticket gets you access to most of the Farm’s activities like the 7 acre corn maze, barnyard animals, hayrides, paint ball gallery, and with live entertainment and scheduled shows. On weekends it costs $12.99 per person (ages 3 – 64) and kids younger than the age of 3 get in for free. The farm is open daily from 8:00 am – 6:00 PM.
NASHOBA VALLEY WINERY
100 Wattaquadock Hill Road
Bolton, MA 01740
Drive time: 47 minutes
While Smolak and Connors Farm are great for kids, Nashoba Valley Winery is our top recommendation for adults. Not only can you gather your own apples, but you can sit back and enjoy a bottle of wine as well. Once you’ve gone picking we recommend settling in at one of their picnic tables and relaxing with a glass of one of their fruit wines, which are made onsite. The views are beautiful and it’s easy to see why this spot is popular among Bostonians in the fall! *You can check their facebook page daily to see exactly what’s available for picking on that day.
HONEY POT HILL
144 Sudbury Road
Stow, MA 01775
Drive time: 45 minutes
Honey Pot Hill offers pick your own varieties of apples and pears on their 200 acre farm. Additionally, they have farm animals and activities for kids like hayrides and hedge mazes. You can also visit the Apple Shop which has vintage tools from the farm (which dates back to 1923) on display. They’re open 7 days a week from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM. *Be aware that they only accept cash or check for pick-your-own.
1540 Mt Cardigan Road
Drive time: 2 hours and 30 minutes
Cardigan Mountain Orchard is our recommendation for those who are looking for a longer excursion and are willing to venture further outside of the city. You’ll drive some steep roads to reach this New Hampshire orchard and you’ll be rewarded with an experience that’s less touristy than most. The drive up is scenic and the orchard is beautiful. If you’d like to make a full day out of it, there are several hikes up Cardigan Mountain just minutes away.
To help you plan your fall trip to Boston we’ve put together a guide of our top 40 recommendations of fall activities in the city. To download the full guide click the button below:
Here at the Inn at St. Botolph we work hard to scout the best activities in Boston so we can help you plan your trip. Read more about our fall recommendations here and if you need any assistance please don't hesitate to contact us at 617-236-8099.