Fall Farm Guide: Apple Picking, Corn Mazes, Pumpkins & Hay Rides

Sponsored by Parlee Farms, Tyngsborough

By Tessa D'Ippolito, Publisher September 11, 2023

Fall is upon us with leaves turning, crisp nights and some of our favorite family activities! Check out these fun, local places offering apple picking, corn mazes, hayrides, pumpkin patches and more.

Note: please do not bring your dog to the orchards; they cannot allow dogs into the orchards and pumpkin fields per health regulations, so you'll have to leave your four-legged friend in the car.

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Cucurbit Farm
32 Parker St
Acton MA

978-460-7735  Facebook page

Open 9 AM to 5pm daily through the end of October. Cucurbit Farm offers pick-your-own pumpkins and a corn maze the whole family will love. Also, enjoy thier festive Scarecrow Contest supporting the National Alliance on Mental Illness October 1st through October 31st. 


Berlin Orchards
Rt. 62 and Lower Sawyer Hill Road
Berlin MA 

978-838-2400  Facebook page

Open 10 AM to 5 PM every day through the end of October. Hay rides. apple picking, pumpkins and farm stand with mums, corn stalks, honey and maple syrup.  Wagons to the orchard run daily from 11 AM to 4 PM.


Bolton Spring Farm
159 Main Street (route 117)
Bolton MA 

978-779-2898  Facebook page

Open daily 9 AM to 6 PM, with apple-picking from 10 AM to 5 PM. Farm stand with fruit, vegetables, baked goods, decor and more. Cash only; no credit or debit cards. Hayrides to the pumpkin patch start the third weekend of September and run 12 - 5PM on weekends.

Schartner Farms
279 West Berlin Road
Bolton MA 

978-779-6293  Facebook page

Corn maze, apple orchard, animal viewing area, farm stand and pumpkins. Farm animal viewing area included with maze, apple or pumpkin purchase. Open on Saturdays and Sundays only from 11 AM to 5 PM. 


Verrill Farm
11 Wheeler Rd.
Concord, MA

(978)-254-0439  Facebook Page

Pick your own pumpkins fall October weekends 10 AM - 4 PM. Be sure to stop in the farm stand and enjoy some fall foods or to pick up one of their famous pumpkin pies! Picking conditions can change based on weather and picking activity, please check Facebook for details before arriving. 


Farmer Dave's
437 Parker Road
Dracut MA  

978-349-1952  Facebook page

Apple picking days and times vary throughout the season!  Check their Facebook page for the latest details.  Cider doughnuts and other baked items and corn maze. Hayrides available on weekends, with limited capacity (those who can walk to the orchard, about 5 minutes, are asked to walk to allow space for seniors, those with limited mobility, and families with young children). Coming in October: pumpkin picking, potato and carrot digging, and a corn maze.


Autumn Hills Orchard
495 Chicopee Row
Groton MA  

978-448-8388  Facebook page

Apple picking Wednesday through Sunday 10 AM to 4 PM. Bring your own bag and pick by the pound. Check their Facebook page for daily updates.


Carlson Orchards
115 Oak Hill Rd
Harvard MA 

(978) 456-3916   Facebook page

Pick-your-own apples begins the weekend after Labor Day. Apples, pumpkins and more will be available throughout the fall daily from 9 AM - 3 PM. Farm store with doughnuts, ice cream, baked goods, and fruit is open until 6 PM. Check the Pick Your Own page or their Facebook page for daily updates.

Doe Orchards
327 Ayer Rd
Harvard MA 

(978) 772-4139  Facebook page

Pick-your-own apples daily from 10 AM - 5 PM. Note that days and hours may change as the Fall season starts; check their website or Facebook page for the latest updates. Farm stand with apples, honey, cider, jam, maple syrup, and pumpkins.  Also Christmas trees later in the season.

Westward Orchards
178 Mass Ave
Harvard MA 

978-456-8787  Facebook page

Pick your own apples daily 10 AM to 4 PM from September 9 - October 15. Wagon rides to their pick-your-own pumpkin patch September 23 - October 15 from 11 AM TO 4 PM, weekends only. Cider doughnuts, pumpkin patch and farm store (please wear masks inside).  Check their Facebook page for the latest updates.

(Interested in other family-friendly activities in the Harvard/Leominster area? Check out Macaroni Kid Leominster-Clinton!)


Kimball Fruit Farm
184 Hollis St
Pepperell MA 

(978) 433-9751  Facebook page

Pick-your-own apples(Sept.-Early Nov.), pumpkins (Late Sept.-October) and farm stand open daily 9 AM to 7 PM.  Cider doughnuts and fresh cider available.


Wilson Farm

10 Pleasant St.
Lexington MA

Hay maze and potato blaster offered weekends this October from 11 AM to 5 PM, with hay maze only Fridays 12 PM to 5 PM. The hay maze and potato blaster are great fun for the whole family. The maze is built with Wilson Farms own hay and is free of chard. Potato blaster tickets go towards Team Wilson Farm's 10th PMC Ride. While on the farm also enjoy apple cider daunts, caramel apples and local apple cider. 


Carver Hill Orchard
101 Boxmill Rd
Stow MA 

(978) 897-6117 Facebook page

Open daily from 9 AM - 5 PM with last entry to the orchard at 4 PM. Pick-your-own apples, pumpkins and vegetables. Farm store with picked fruit, vegetables, cider, doughnuts, cheese and baked goods. 

Honey Pot Hill Orchards
138 Sudbury Road
Stow MA 

978-562-5666  Facebook page

Pick-your-own apples 9 AM to 4 PM daily. Farm store with apples, corn, tomatoes, doughnuts, caramel apples, baked goods and ice cream. Hayrides available on weekends (extra fee). Large and small hedge mazes (additional cost) and farm animals.  Check their Facebook page for the latest update and daily specials.

Shelburne Farm
106 West Acton Road
Stow MA 

978-897-9287  Facebook page

Pick-your-own apples and pumpkins 9 AM-5 PM daily. Farm animals, playgrounds, hay rides, farm store and cider doughnuts.  Check their Facebook page for the latest update.

(Interested in other family-friendly activities in the Stow/Marlborough area? Check out Macaroni Kid Marlborough!)


Parlee Farms
95 Farwell Road
Tyngsboro MA  

978-649-3854  Facebook page

The Fall Season at Parlee Farms includes Pick-Your-Own Apples, Flowers and Pumpkins. Farmstand Hours are Tuesday-Sunday, Labor Day & Columbus Day 10am-5pm. Picking Hours vary by day and availability so always check TODAY’S FARM NEWS for the most current information.

Finding that perfect pumpkin is a fun fall activity for all ages! There are so many different colors and types of pumpkins grown today at local farms. At Parlee Farms, we grow almost 12 acres of 30 different varieties of pumpkins. We are sure that you can find that perfect jack-o-lantern pumpkin in our Pumpkin Patch!

Parlee Farms also offers hayrides to the orchard for apple pickers. If you are hungry, they offer delicious food options such as warm farm made apple crisp and hot apple cider at Mary’s Country Kitchen, our Roasted Non-GMO Corn, and lunch offerings for the whole family at The Lunch Box. Don’t forget to stop by Annie’s Animal Barns to feed and pet the baby goats, sheep, and chickens and to play in the new 2,400 square foot Sandbox!


Drew Farm
31 Tadmuck Rd
Westford MA  

(978) 807-0719  Facebook page

Pick your own apples opens in early September. Open daily 10 AM-5 PM.   Apples and pumpkins. Mums available for purchase. On weekends apple cider and cider doughnuts are available.  

Farmer Dave's at Hill Orchard
4 Hunt Rd
Westford MA  

(978) 392-4600  Facebook page

Entrance to the pick-your-own orchard is off of Chamberlain Rd. Pick-your-own on weekends only from Labor Day to Halloween, 10 AM to 4 PM. Farmstand with picked fruit, honey, pies, vegetables, jams and more open from 10 AM-5 PM. Check their Facebook page for the latest updates, since hours/days can change.

Good Pickin' Farm
5 Gould Rd
Westford, MA

(425) 306-7203  Facebook page

Fall Farm Days begin September 17th and run Saturdays and Sundays from 11 AM - 3 PM until October 28th. Come out to Good Pickin' Farm, pick-you-own pumpkins, enjoy the petting zoo, explore the farm on a hayride, and shop farm store goodies!

Scanlan Orchards
22 Texas Rd
Westford MA  

(978) 692-8881

This no-frills orchard is open weekends from 9 AM to 6 PM Labor Day through late October. 26 varieties of apples are available.


Mack's Apples
230 Mammoth Rd
Londonderry NH  

(603) 434-7619  Facebook page

This 400-acre farm features 100 acres of apple trees, pumpkin-picking, beautiful walking trails with scenic overlooks, and a Farm Market with local fruits and veggies, maple syrup, and baked items.

Applecrest Farm
133 Exeter Rd
Hampton Falls NH  

(603) 926-3721  Facebook page

This pick-your own farm has a HUGE farm market in a 200-year-old barn, roasted corn and other hot food items, farm animals, tractor rides, and corn mazes.  Follow it up with a drive along the coast in NH and through beautiful foliage.

Russell Orchards
143 Argilla Rd
Ipswich MA  

(978) 356-5366  Facebook page

Apple picking, farm animals, farm market, and a winery too!

Smolak Farms
315 South Bradford St
North Andover MA  

(978) 682-6332  Facebook page 

Pick-your-own apples and pumpkins, hayrides, farm animals, playground and farm market.

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