It's apple season! Here's where to pick your own, and enjoy other orchard fun
Nothing says fall like a trip to the orchard. The chance to pick-your-own is just the beginning of the fun at many of these spots -- hop on a hayride, take on a corn maze, visit a barnyard, or even grab a pint of beer.
310 Sawyer Hill Road, Berlin
A family run apple and pear orchard offering hayrides to the orchard on weekends to pick nearly ten varieties of apples. Barnyard animals, farm store, and lots of space to picnic.
Bolton Spring Farm
159 Main Street, Bolton
This scenic apple orchard offers a large variety of apples, a country store and bakery with fresh dumplings, donuts, breads and pies.
1791 Southbridge Road, Warren
A kid-friendly 100-acre apple orchard with tractor rides, and picnic areas. The rustic New England farm stand has fresh produce and home baked goods.
121 Lincoln Rd, North Brookfield
The orchard features a country store with toys and gifts, on-site bakery, picnic area, playground and wagon rides. Check out the Harvest Craft Fair on Sept. 11 and 12 with local artisans and crafters.
115 Oak Hill Road, Harvard
This 120-acre orchard produces 60,000 bushels of apples and over 500,000 gallons of apple cider annually. While there, mom and dad can pick up a pack of their hard cider, too.
Carver Hill Orchard
101 Brookside Ave, Stow
Gifts, fresh baked goods, ice cream, cider donuts, cider, jams, and more are available in the farm store at this picturesque family-run orchard.
Charlton Orchards Farm
44 Old Worcester Rd., Charlton
One-hundred-acre family farm with pick-your-own fruits, pasture raised beef, and wine.
4 Kendall Hill Rd., Sterling
Set atop Kendall Hill, this property has a view of Mount Wachusett. They’re dog-friendly, and feature hayrides, and a bakery with donuts, cookies, and fresh-pressed cider.
Cook’s Farm Orchard
106 Haynes Hill Rd., Brimfield
Tractor rides and a bakery open on weekends, dog-friendly.
Davis Farmland and Mega Maze
145 Redstone Hill, Sterling
The award-winning orchard full of crisp Cortland and McIntosh apples is open on weekends during the fall.
327 Ayer Rd., Harvard
This dog-friendly farm has been offering pick-your-own apples since the 1960s. You’ll also find pumpkins, gourds, honey, jams, cider and syrup.
Douglas Orchard & Farm
36 Locust St., Douglas
Featuring a country store, farm animals, concert pavilion and farm tours. Stop by the 9/11 Tribute event on Sept. 11 featuring music and food. Come in costume (dogs, too!) to their Halloween Festival on Oct. 23, featuring music, farm scavenger hunt, costume contest and oxen field plowing.
Fairmount Fruit Farm
887 Lincoln St., Franklin
Farm stand and orchard offering hayrides and more, dog-friendly.
Fay Mountain Farm
12 Cemetery Rd., Charlton
Featuring a 32-acre orchard, historic barn and picturesque pond. Plus, you can hike a section of the Midstate Trail, which passes through the property.
George Hill Orchards
582 George Hill Rd., Lancaster
You’ll find cider donuts, home baked pies and goodies, farm critters, and a large variety of PYO apples.
Hawk Hill Orchards
83 Carleton Rd., Millbury
Featuring a country store with pies, donuts and dumplings and a picnic area.
635 Highland St., Holliston
Find a wide variety of apples along with homemade apple cider, ice cream, caramel apples.
Hollis Hills Farm
340 Marshall Rd., Fitchburg
Set on a hill with views from downtown Fitchburg to Wachusett Mountain. Features a retail store, food, ice cream, and live music on the weekends. Check out the Harvest Jam on Sept. 18, a full day of live music, PYO, food and drink specials, farm animals and fun to celebrate the harvest.
Honey Pot Hill Orchards
138 Sudbury Rd., Stow
Over 200 acres of scenic apple orchards, plus mazes, hayrides and farm animals.
Hyland Orchard & Pavilion
199 Arnold Rd., Sturbridge
Live music in the pavilion, an on-site brewery, wagon rides, farm animals, and a dog-friendly atmosphere.
294 Chase Rd., Lunenburg
Featuring a farm stand with fresh baked goods, an annual corn maze and hayrides.
209 Chace Hill Rd., Sterling
PYO fruits plus a farm store, bakery, and year-round restaurant. Thursday night BBQs run from 5-8 p.m. through September.
Nashoba Valley Winery
100 Wattaquadoc Hill Rd., Bolton
This hilltop orchard overlooks the town of Bolton and features an on-site winery and brewery, restaurant and picnic grounds. Daily wine tasting and weekly winery tours offered.
Nicewicz Family Farm
116 Sawyer Rd., Bolton
A wide variety of apples available at this family-run farm.
Old Frog Pond Farm
38 Eldridge Road., Harvard
Featuring an outdoor sculpture walk, plein air poetry walk, African drumming and more.
11 Phillipston Rd, Templeton
Featuring a farm stand with cider, honey, jams and fresh baked treats. Over two dozen varieties of PYO orchards.
Red Apple Farm
455 Highland Ave., Phillipston
An array of PYO apple varieties, plus a brew barn, fall weekend BBQ, hayrides, farm animals and more. Check out some of the walking trails hidden around the orchard. The farm hosts the Appleseed Country Fair over Labor Day weekend, and a Thanksgiving Harvest Festival the weekend before Thanksgiving.
211 West Berlin Rd., Bolton
Hayrides, a corn maze and farm animals. Bring a picnic and make a day of it.
106 West Acton Rd., Stow
Hayrides, live music, friendly farm animals, and antique cider press demonstrations. Kids will love the John Deere Gator and Tractor playground, and exploring the new Orchard Story Walk.
1125 Pleasant St., Leominster
Owned by the city and operated by a group of volunteers, the 169-acre farm has a farm stand and 50 varieties of PYO apples.
15 Stowe Rd., Millbury
The kids corral at this sixth-generation apple orchard features a petting zoo, barnyard animals, playground and a giant wooden monster truck. Family fun including a mechanical bull, mini golf, gem mining, hayrides, a moo-choo train, and pony rides is offered on weekends Sept. 11 through Oct. 31.
Tougas Family Farm
234 Ball St., Northborough
Ranked one of the best orchards in the country by USA Today, this farm features ice cream, farm tours, wagon rides and a farm store with cider donuts, baked goodies, honey, syrup and jams. Children will enjoy the farm-themed playground and feeding barnyard animals.
178 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard
Wagon rides on weekends, cider donuts and local cheeses, seasonal gifts and gourmet food.