Apple picking is a New England fall favorite, and in the towns north of Boston there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy a trip to a local orchard. It’s a fun activity for all ages and a chance to get out in the crisp autumn sunshine and sample some delicious local produce – think fresh apple cider donuts and a glass of warm cider! Some orchards offer a range of activities alongside fruit picking, such as petting zoos, playgrounds, tractor rides and corn mazes. Others offer a more low-key traditional experience. We asked our realtors to recommend their favorite spots – here are their top ten apple picking destinations.
Parlee Farms - Tyngsborough
Visit Annie’s Animal Barn and enjoy delicious roasted corn and apple crisp!
Firepit for marshmallow toasting and live music at weekends.
Meet the Tractors – a collection of vehicles from the 1940’s and 50’s.
Amazing views of fall foliage as you pick!
Brooksby Farm - Peabody
Cut-your-own flowers plus play yard, barnyard animals, fairytale trails and hayrides.
Visit the cider barn taproom with a range of seasonal hard ciders.
Tour one of the three mazes and meet the farm animals.
Boston Hill Farm - North Andover
Meet the animals and shop the farm stand.
Enjoy the Tractor Playground, farm animals and hayrides.
Russell Orchards - Ipswich
Meet the goats, donkeys and pigs, and tour the winery.
Looking for other things to do this fall? Ask our agents! With their extensive knowledge of the area and deep connections to their local community, they are a great resource for information about the towns and neighborhoods Beyond Boston.