When the temps start to dip and the leaves turn to orange and red, you know it’s time to go pumpkin picking. These pumpkin patches near Boston offer loads of things to do with kids like corn mazes, crafts, farm-themed playgrounds and hay rides. Gather your crew and head out for a day at one of our favorite Boston-area pumpkin patches for kids.

Tougas Family Farm
This farm is full of all of the fall favorites—apple picking, a pumpkin patch and everyone's favorite apple cider donuts. Take a wagon ride to the orchard and then let the kiddies climb on the farm-themed playground before you head home with all of your goodies. Reservations required. 

234 Ball St.
Northborough, MA
Online: tougasfamilyfarm.com

Wilson Farm
Founded by Irish immigrants, Wilson Farm has been in operation at its present location since 1884. You won't be able to resist purchasing the apple cider donuts when you see them popping out of the donut machine, available on the weekends. Kids will love visiting the farm animals after you've picked the perfect pumpkin.

10 Pleasant St.
Lexington, MA
Online: wilsonfarm.com

Boston Hill Farm
Pick your own pumpkin directly from the field at this spot that is open every day. Grab a red wagon before you head out in case one of the giant gourds is calling your name. The festivals typically run every weekend in September and run through the end of October. During the festivals they offer apple and pumpkin picking, homemade apple cider donuts, live music from Ronnie Chase and Russ Bennett, BBQ, petting zoo, ice cream and much more.

1370 Turnpike St.
North Andover, MA
Online: bostonhillfarm.com

photo: emily williams

Smolak Farms
This North Andover spot welcomes families to visit their working farm to pick your pumpkin. The weekends in September and October (plus Indigenous Peoples Day) are Fall Festival days with even more fun on the farm.

315 S. Bradford St.
North Andover, MA
Online: smolakfarms.com

Connors Farm
This farm has been in business since 1904 and they've got the pumpkin patch scene down. Their seven-acre corn maze is a huge draw and the barn and silo with slides a little kid favorite. Take your family pic at the giant rocking chair and then see how far you can launch apples in the apple cannons.

30 Valley Rd.
Danvers, MA
Online: connorsfarm.com

Westward Orchards Farm Store
This smaller farm offers a quaint pumpkin picking scene without all of the rides and hooplah. They offer pick-your-own blueberries in the summer and u-pick apples in the fall. This year's pumpkin patch is running a bit differently. There won't be a wagon ride out to the pumpkin patch but instead the patch will be brought to you. 

178 Mass Ave.
Harvard, MA
Online: westwardorchards.com

Crescent Farms
Just 40 minutes north of Boston, Crescent Farms has over 400 acres of farmland that includes pumpkin patches, gourds, hay fields, corn fields and produce. Allow some extra time to check out the 15-acre corn maze. Hayrides are only available upon request for groups of 20 or more. 

150 Willow Ave.
Bradford, MA
Online: crescentfarm.com

—Kate Loweth


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