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Where to Go Apple Picking Near Boston

There are lots of great places near Boston you can get to in less than an hour.

Ah, fall. 

Crisp air, cool nights, pumpkin-flavored everything and ripe red apples you can pick yourself. What's not to love? 

There are several great apple orchards within an hour of Boston at which to spend a lovely fall afternoon. Here are our top picks for places to go:

Belkin Family Lookout Farm - (89 Pleasant St. South Natick, MA)

  • Hours: Monday - Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Price: Admisison is $8 weekdays, $14 weekends.

Winning for its close proximity to Boston, (about 20 miles) Lookout Farm offers not only "U-pick" apple picking where you can select the apples you want yourself, but also an array of family and children's activities like pony rides, and a farm animal zoo. Check out their apple guide to see which apples you'll find in season when you go. 

Shelburne Farm - (106 West Acton Road, Stow, MA)

  • Hours: Open daily, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Price: No admission fee. Half-bushel, approx. 20 lbs., $26, One peck, approx. 10 lbs., $18.

Twenty miles west of Boston sits Shelburne Farm has 50 acres of apples and pumpkins you can pick yourself. For kids, there's a moon bounce, hay maze, hay mountain, pedal tractors, and tractor play area, and a pony ride, which costs $5. See the farm's schedule for weekly events and more. 

Russell Orchards and Farm

  • Hours: Open daily, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Price: $3 weekdays, no admission on weekends. Cost is $15 for a 10 lb. bag of apples. 

To the north of Boston is Russell Orchards, which is a bit longer of a drive, but worth it if you're interested in trying out apple wine, more than 25 varieties of apples, and 120 acres of other farm-raised fresh fruits and vegetables. The wine counter is open for tastings every Friday from 3-5:30 p.m. and every weekend from 12:00-5:30, so plan accordingly. 

Where is your go-to apple picking farm close to Boston? Tell us in the comments!

JMc September 15, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Natick!!! That's a long walk....
Sara Jacobi September 17, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Zipcar?

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