The Best Apple Picking in Boston

One of the great things about visiting Boston in the Fall, besides the sight of the leaves turning color, is apple picking. There are so many varieties and throughout the season you can travel around to pick your own apples, or if you don’t want to climb the trees, you can visit the orchards who have barrels and barrels for you to choose from. Apple picking in Boston also means hot mulled apple cider and homemade cider donuts.

Despite what many people think, you don’t have to travel very far from the city to find great apple picking spots. If you do want to venture around the city, I came across Apple Picking Boston, a great site that shows you all the spots that you can pick and choose from in and around Massachusetts, laid out conveniently on a map of the state.  The site provides links to all of the orchards so you can check for harvest dates, hours, and activities. Many orchards have hay rides, tours of the orchards, and petting zoos–not to mention the awesome pumpkin patches too. Also, around Halloween, you may even find a haunted barn or two.

Here’s a sampling of some of my favorite spots that you can travel to in under an hour from Boston, in no particular order:

  1. Russell’s Orchard in Ipswich
  2. Honey Pot Hill Orchard in Stow
  3. Smolak Farms in North Andover
  4. Dowse Orchards in Sherborn
  5. Tougas Farm in Northboro

Mmmmm, I’m ready to go. Are you?

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