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.

photo: Rose George

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.

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

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Boston Hill Farm
Pick your own pumkin 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.

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

photo: Christine Szeto via flickr

Smolak Farms
This North Andover spot welcomes families to visit their working farm to pick your pumpkin. The weekends in September and October (plus Calumbus Day) are Fall Festival days with the cow train, bouncy house, carnival-themed games, face painting and crafts. Hop-on hayrides will give you the full view of 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 (with Flashlight Nights on Fridays and Saturdays) 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. Take a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch for loads of Instagram-worthy photo opps. Parents make note: their farm-to-table dining experiences are amazing!

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. Take a hay ride to tour the farm and learn about their pumpkin-growing operation. Allow some extra time to check out the 15-acre corn maze.

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

—Kate Loweth

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