Boston’s cooler mornings and changing leaves are a sign it’s that time of year again. Time to pick out a future jack-o-lantern with your Halloween-lovin’ half-pints. These pumpkin patches near Boston have the coolest kid perks like corn mazes, crafts, playgrounds, pony rides and more. Read on to plan a day at one of our favorite Boston-area pumpkin patches.
If you want to combine your family’s two favorite fall activities—picking apples and picking pumpkins—there’s no better spot to do in than Shelburne Farm. Not only can you find the perfect jack-o-lantern wannabe, but families can pick so many different types of apples throughout the month of October too. Then it’s off to the playground to clamber up the combine climber, play at the John Deere tractor playground, visit the farm animals, play in the hay area (and take a ride too) before grabbing a bag of warm cider donuts to finish off your day.
106 W. Acton Rd.
Especially when you’ve got tots in tow, it’s best to keep it simple. And that’s what we love about this family-owned farm that offers u-pick pumpkins straight off the vine and hay rides too. Pick up fall décor and fresh produce from the store when you’re there. The farm is open Fridays through Sundays, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
12 Nihtila Lane
Holbrook, MA 02343
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. Expect hayrides, carnival games, face painting, cow trains, live music and more. Dress in your Disney best (Sep. 18 & 19), your pirate costume (Sep. 25 & 26) or this year's Halloween ensemble throughout the month of October to get in on the fun!
315 S. Bradford St.
North Andover, MA
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 is 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. You'll need tickets to get in on the fun.
30 Valley Rd.
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.
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.
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
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. Although the pumpkins aren't quite ready yet, they will be soon. Be sure to save some room for the apple cider donuts when you visit!
178 Mass Ave.
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 or take a hayride (weekends, starting Oct. 2, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.). The farm animals and promise of Richardson Ice Cream make this a family favorite.
150 Willow Ave.
—Allison Sutcliffe & Kate Loweth