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

By Barbara Evangelista, Publisher September 8, 2021

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

Please note: 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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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.  


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 12-5 PM on weekends.

Schartner Farms, 279 West Berlin Road, Bolton MA 978-779-6293  Facebook page

Opening September 11. 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 10 AM to 5 PM. 


Hanson’s Farm, 20 Nixon Rd, Framingham MA  (508) 877-3058  Facebook page

Pick-your-own pumpkins, farm stand and ice cream 9 AM to 5:30 PM daily. Baby animals to visit.  Check out Tom and Matt's Excellent Adventure Amazing Corn Maze open 9 AM to 6 PM 7 Days a week from July to November.  


Autumn Hills Orchard, 495 Chicopee Row, Groton MA  978-448-8388  Facebook page

Apple picking Tuesday-Thursday 10 AM to 2 PM, Friday 10 AM to 4 PM, and weekends 9 AM to 4 PM. Bring your own bag and pick by the pound. Check Today on the Farm for daily updates.


Carlson Orchards, 115 Oak Hill Rd, Harvard MA (978) 456-3916   Facebook page

Pick-your-own apples and pumpkin patch daily 9 AM-4 PM. Farm store with doughnuts, ice cream, baked goods, and fruit is open until 6 PM. Check the Pick Your Own page for daily updates.

Doe Orchards, 327 Ayer Rd, Harvard MA (978) 772-4139  Facebook page

Pick-your-own apples Tuesday to Sunday 9 AM to 4 PM through late October. Note that days and hours may change as the Fall season starts; check their website or Facebook page for the latest updates. Also Christmas trees. Farm stand with apples, honey, cider, maple syrup, and pumpkins. 

Westward Orchards, 178 Mass Ave, Harvard MA 978-456-8787  Facebook page

Pick your own apples daily 10 AM to 4 PM. Cider doughnuts 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!)


Carver Hill Orchard, 101 Boxmill Rd, Stow MA (978) 897-6117 Facebook page

Open daily from 9 AM to 5 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 5 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, peaches and pumpkins 9 AM-5 PM daily. Farm animals, farm store and cider doughnuts.  

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


Drew Farm, 31 Tadmuck Rd, Westford MA  (978) 807-0719  Facebook page

Open daily 10 AM-5 PM. Apples and pumpkins. Mums available for purchase. On weekends apple cider and cider doughnuts are available.  

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-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.

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

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