It’s apple season! I asked Isis staff and instructors to tell me about their favorite place to go apple-picking in greater Boston. Here are their recommendations!
Bolton Spring Farm in Bolton. Easy access from 495 and Rt. 2. Old apple orchard with a big hill to climb, hay ride, pumpkin picking. Wonderful store with outside access for hot cider donuts, apple crisp, cider and coffee. Picnic area! Store has a full bakery, veggies, fruit, gourds etc… I have been going there since 1984; Charlie started when he was one month old and still asks to go every year. Oh, they have the poles for apple picking and toddlers love to help. ~Kimbell D., Child Development Instructor
We love Tougas Family Farm in Northboro for apple picking. We’ve brought our twin boys there the past 2 years and have loved it. Great place for families. It has a tractor ride, a huge orchard with a great variety of apples, a playground, pumpkins for sale, and a little barn area with some farm animals. Also, they have amazing cider donuts and some other tasty treats at their food stand. Really a fun place! ~Jill W., Child Development Instructor
My all time favorite is Lookout Farm in Natick. A small train drives you out to the orchard, the kids love it. ~Kristen C., Child Development Instructor
Our favorite is Shelburne Farm in Stow, MA. They have the AWESOMEST cider donuts, and lots of different kinds of apples to pick. And most importantly, they have things to do when the kids are bored with picking: ride-on toy tractors, animals, and hay-bale maze. ~Cheryl R., District Manager
A favorite in our family is Honey Pot Hill Orchard in Stow. It’s a little bit of a drive (a very pretty one!) but well worth it as you can feed the goats and hang out in their pumpkin patch. They have the most amazing apple cider donuts! It’s a very child friendly environment. ~Rebecca S., Child Development Instructor
For the apple-picking minimalist, this orchard offers simply apple picking and a small picnic area. If you’re looking to avoid crowds and some of the fanfare of other larger orchards, Dowse is a great choice. ~Cindy M., Community Manager
Boston Area Parents: Leave a comment to share your favorite spot for apple picking!