Want to get out of Boston to do some apple picking this fall, but don't know where to head? There are plenty of local farms and orchards within an hour or less of Boston that can give you all of the fall amenities you've been searching for: apple picking, pumpkin picking, pumpkin flavored treats, apple cider, cider donuts, decorative gourds, you name it!
Although it's sometimes hard to figure out the best spots, here are just a few top notch locations all located within an hour of Boston:
Honeypot Hill Orchards - Stow, Ma
Belkin Lookout Farm - Natick, Ma
Smolak Farms - North Andover, Ma
Tougas Farms - (family oriented) Northborough, Ma
Kimball Fruit Farm - Pepperell, Ma
Parlee Farms - Tyngsboro, Ma
Bolton Orchards - (1 hr) Bolton, Ma
Berlin Orchards - Berlin, Ma
This list is by no means exhaustive, and you might even find that if you head further west you'll get even more orchard with less crowds. A personal favorite of this Budget Traveler is Clearview Farms in Sterling, Ma. and the scenery along the way is sure to please.
and if you're looking to partake in boozy activities while you pick your apples, check out either of these orchards/wineries:
Russell Orchards - Ipswich, Ma
Nashoba Winery & Orchards - Bolton, Ma