We love everything farms have to offer families in the fall. From apple and pumpkin picking to corn mazes, there’s something for every age group. This includes one of our fall favorites: hayrides! It’s truly an activity for everyone, even the littlest family members, so we’re bringing you a list of 13 local farms that offer hay rides throughout the season to make your fall even more special.
Chris’ Farm Stand, Haverhill
You can go on a hay ride every weekend in October at the Silsby Farm outpost of Chris’ Farm Stand. And on October 16, the rides get even better: they’re narrated and free!
Connors Farm, Danvers
If you’re looking for one-stop fall fun, check out Connors Farm. There are hay rides every day of the week plus a corn maze and pumpkin games.
Davis Farmland, Sterling
Davis Farmland is a discovery farm designed especially for kids 12 and under. The Safari Hay Ride is totally unique and ends at a pasture with large farm animals.
Hanson’s Farm, Framingham
Get in the Halloween spirit with a haunted hay ride at Hanson’s Farm every Friday and Saturday night in October. This one is best for older kids who will enjoy the thrill of a spooky ride.
Honeypot Hill Orchards, Stow
West of Boston you’ll find Honeypot Hill Orchards, which has hay rides available seven days a week in addition to pick your own apples.
Keith’s Farm, Acushnet
Keith’s Farm is a little farther afield, but it’s worth the drive for weekend hay rides. Go apple picking and and snag some cider doughnuts to make a day trip out of it.
Marini Farm, Ipswich
The main attraction at Marini Farm is the giant corn maze, but there are are plenty of other fall activities, including a Trick or Treat Character Hay Ride on October 22.
Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, Lincoln
Hay rides at Drumlin Farm take you on a tour of the farmyard and run all the way through Thanksgiving weekend. For even more seasonal fun, take a haunted hay ride at Drumlin’s Tales of the Night events.
Parlee Farms, Tyngsboro
Make your apple picking adventure even more special when you head to Parlee Farms—on the weekends a hay ride is included with the purchase of an apple picking bag.
Russell Orchards, Ipswich
Schelping out to the apple orchard with kids can be challenging—you don’t want to tire them out before you even start picking—so Russell Orchards provides hay rides out to its fields on weekends.
Shelburne Farm, Stow
There’s a lot to love about a fall trip to Shelburne Farm, including tractor-pulled hay rides. On the weekends, don’t miss the live music and tot hay maze.
Smolak Farms, North Andover
During three weekends in October, kids can hop on the “Through the Looking Glass” narrated storybook hay rides with Alice in Wonderland and friends at Smolak Farms. Costumes are welcome and kids receive Halloween candy, a doughnut, and a sugar pumpkin.
Stowe Farm, Millbury
Get ready for some classic, old-fashioned fall fun with the scenic hay rides at Stowe Farm, which take you right through the horse fields.
Top image of a hay ride courtesy of Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary.