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Fall in New England is iconic for a reason. We’ve just about got it all— leaf-peeping, spiced lattes, sweater weather, and even a few spooky spots to get you in the mood. But above all else, the top of your autumn to-do list should be pumpkin picking. Get there first to find the roundest and orangest one for your front stoop. You know what they say: a pumpkin a day keeps the ghouls away.
Farms listed by distance from Downtown Boston.
1) Nihtila Farm
Where: Holbrook, MA | 18.6 miles from Downtown
When: Fri-Sun, 10am-6pm
Info: Take a trip South to find this family-owned favorite. Nihtila Farm opens on Sep. 29, and they’ve got everything you need and more. Wade through fields of pumpkin vines and discover Great Pumpkins that rival Charlie Brown’s.
Where: Peabody | 19.4 miles from Downtown
When: Tue-Sat, 9am-5pm
Info: At Brooksby Farm, you can find the best pumpkins for your stoop, as well as fun cornstalks, mums, and even more decor! Keep an eye out for upcoming hayrides, campfires, and other fantastical fall fun.
3) Verrill Farm
Where: Concord | 21.9 miles from Downtown
When: Sat-Sun, 10am-4pm
Info: Just outside of Boston lies the quaint town of Concord, home to some of America’s greatest writers (we’re looking at you Thoreau). It’s also home to Verrill Farm, a 200-acre large farm that grows thousands of this fall’s most fabulous pumpkins. Don’t leave without grabbing their iconic pumpkin pie for the road.
Where: North Andover, MA | 23.8 miles from Downtown
When: Mon-Sun, 9am-5pm
Info: Two words: dog friendly. That’s right– the best thing about Boston Hill Farm is that you can bring your pooch pumpkin-picking. Make sure to keep them on a leash while roaming the fields. You’ll head home with bizarre gourds, sugar pumpkins, jack-o-lanterns-to-be, and a pretty happy pup.
Where: Framingham, MA | 26.4 miles from Downtown
When: Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm; Sat, 9am-6pm; Sun, 9am-5:30pm
Info: No two pumpkins are the same. That’s why it’s important to carry home more than one, and that won’t be a problem at Hanson’s Farm. At this Framingham gem, there’s almost too many pumpkins to choose from. When you’ve finally found your favorites, spend the rest of your afternoon tasting their pumpkin ice cream or getting lost (and found) in their massive corn maze.
6) Smolak Farms
Where: North Andover | 27.8 miles from Downtown
When: Sat-Sun, 8am- 6pm
Info: Smolak Farms is more than just a pumpkin patch. It’s home to some of New England’s very best fall festivals, happening every weekend through October. Each festival is themed, like this weekend’s Disney experience. You can pluck pumpkins alongside Cinderella—maybe they’ll transform into her horse-drawn carriage! Enjoy hayrides, live music, apple picking, and even a cow train ride through the fields.
Where: Millis | 31.5 miles from Downtown
When: Sat-Sun, 10am-4pm
Info: Pick the plumpest perfect pumpkin at Tangerini’s farm. Starting in September, you can roam the fields and pick your favorites right off the stalk. Don’t miss out on their other fall highlights, either— hayrides, cider donuts, and live music at their delicious bistro, The Farmer’s Porch.
Where: Harvard | 34.0 miles from Downtown
When: Sat-Sun, 11am-4pm
Info: Why walk to a pumpkin patch when you can hop on a wagon? Starting Sep. 24, Westward Orchards is offering wagon rides to their fields. You can pick an array of pumpkins and gourds, varying in size, shape, and color! Breathe in the crisp air, feel the autumn sun, and focus on finding the perfect pick.
9) Parlee Farms
Where: Tyngsboro | 37.5 miles from Downtown
When: Tue-Sun, 10am-4:30pm
Info: There are 13 halloween-y acres of farmland waiting just for you at Parlee Farms. Every year, the Farm produces over 40,000 pumpkins— some of the over 40 pounds! If you think you can carry that home, go for it. Aside from pumpkin picking, you can explore the apple orchard, devour apple crisps at Mary’s Country Kitchen, and say hi to the farm animals housed in the barn.
10) Cider Hill Farm
Where: Amesbury | 42.6 miles from Downtown
When: Sat-Sun, 8am-5pm
Info: When life gives you pumpkins, make some pie. At Cider Hill Farm, you’ll get the best of the batch. This family-favorite invites you to spice it up this year with pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, including gourds and mini pumpkins. Plus, check out their Fall Fridays, where you can jam out to live tunes and sip their famous hard cider.
11) Stowe Farm
Where: Millbury | 46.5 miles from Downtown
When: Sat-Sun, 10am-5pm
Info: Whether you want a baby pumpkin, a green gourd, or the biggest of the bunch, Stowe Farm’s got you covered. Their pumpkins are given a little extra TLC just in time for the harvest. Once you’ve picked your favorite, stick around for great live music, a spooky corn path walk, or a trip to the Kid’s Corral petting zoo.
Where: Lexington | 13 miles from Downtown
When: Mon-Sun, 9am-7pm
Info: Wilson Farms is an upscale market for farm-fresh produce, homemade baked goods & prepared foods, plus meat & seafood. Wilson Farm is known for its iconic & Instagrammable pumpkin wall.