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

By Tessa D'Ippolito, Publisher August 19, 2023

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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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 - 5 PM 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. 


Hanson’s Farm
20 Nixon Rd
Framingham MA  

(508) 877-3058  Facebook page

Pick-your-own pumpkins (September - November), 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 Wednesday and Sunday 10 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 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 for daily updates.

Doe Orchards
327 Ayer Rd
Harvard MA 

(978) 772-4139  Facebook page

Pick-your-own apples Tuesday through Saturday 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, 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 the pick your own pumpkins from September 23 - October 15th from 11 to 4pm weekends only (tractor rides do not tun when muddy). Cider doughnuts and farm store).  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!)


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 Thursday through Sunday 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, hayrides, farm store and cider doughnuts.  

(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.

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.  

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!

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.

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