11 Hayrides Near Boston: From Bucolic to Bone-Chilling

Just outside of Boston, brave families can get on haunted hayrides at Hanson's Farm every Friday and Saturday night in October. Photo courtesy of Hansonfarmframingham.com
Just outside of Boston, brave families can get on haunted hayrides at Hanson's Farm every Friday and Saturday night in October. Photo courtesy of Hansonfarmframingham.com
9/4/21 - By Fiona Haley

Hayrides are a fall ritual for many families. Depending on the age of your child, you might be in search of a gentle meander through fields or a spine-chilling adventure that sparks Halloween excitement. Tons of Boston-area farms offer hayrides, and we’ve rounded them up for you here. The best part? Most of these farms also offer other activities to entertain your family, like apple pickingcorn mazes, and delicious cider doughnuts. Happy—or spooky—trails!

For more seasonal fun for Boston kids, explore our Fall Fun Guide.


Farm Hayrides Near Boston  

1. Davis Farmland—Sterling

Davis Farmland is a discovery farm designed especially for kids ages 12 and under. Open Thursday to Sunday after September 9 through October 11, 2021, and then Saturdays and Sundays through the end of the month, the Safari Hayride is totally unique and ends at a pasture with large farm animals. Cross the street to try to navigate the giant corn maze on fall weekends. Rides included with $22.95 general admission ticket (when purchased online)

2. Smolak Farms—North Andover

Smolak Farms has three options: themed hayrides, night hayrides for groups, and hop-on hayrides. Part of 2021 fall festival weekends, new character-themed hayrides run from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m and include a doughnut, goody bag, and apple picking in September or pumpkin picking in October. Night hayrides are offered Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays for groups of 15 or more until late October and include apple cider and doughnuts. Hop-on hayrides allow weekend visitors to jump on a hayride from 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. to get a view of more of the farm’s scenic fields and orchards. Tickets range from $7-22.

Kids can jump, race, climb, and play for hours at this farm-themed play area in Danvers! Photo courtesy of Connorsfarm.com

3. Connors Farm—Danvers

Connors not only offers visitors hayrides, but a seemingly endless list of fall activities for the whole family, including a corn maze, baby animals, trains, and an expansive farm-themed play area with a giant jumping pillow, duck races, and more. General admission tickets from $12.99-16.99 (corn maze included) can be purchased online.

4. Honeypot Hill—Stow 

There are weekend hayrides for the family at Honeypot's bucolic orchard in Stow. In addition, families can cuddle farm animals, pick apples, and navigate three mazes, including the Big Green Monster Maze, for an extra fee. Tickets are $2 (kids 2 and under ride free).

5. Kimball Farm—Haverhill

This 9th generation family farm offers hayrides on weekends through their farm fields to their corn maze. Cost is $2-4.

6. Parlee Farms—Tyngsboro

Make your apple picking adventure even more special when you head to 19-acre Parlee Farms. On weekends and fall holidays, a hayrides to the orchard and back to the farm stand are included with the purchase of an apple picking bag. Kids also love the play area, the mini tractor driving course, and Annie's Animal Barn petting zoo. Hayrides included with $17-35 apple picking bags.

Kids love to make their way though the corn maze at Marini Farm, and then get back on the hayride that makes special stops. Photo courtesy of Marinifarm.com

7. Marini Farm—Ipswich 

Marini Farm's Island Adventure 2021 Corn Maze, open on weekends and fall holidays, includes hayrides. The tractor drives around the 8-acre corn maze with special stops along the way, featuring costumed characters with lots of treats to share. Costumes are encouraged. Along with the hayride and corn maze, there are bouncy houses, a pirate ship playground, apple cannon, huge tube slide, and more. General admission tickets are $14.99 (children age 2 and under are free). 

8. Schartner Farms—Bolton

This 4th generation family farm offers hayrides on weekends from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. with corn maze tickets or apple or pumpkin purchases. There's also farm animal viewing and access to the 2.4 mile Bolton Loop Hiking Trail, which runs through the property. The corn maze opens September 11, 2021. Entrance fees are $8-12 (children age 3 and under are free).

Scary Hayrides Near Boston  

9. Witch’s Woods Haunted Hayride and Halloween Screampark—Westford

A terrifying hayride is located at Nashoba Valley Ski Area in Westford. Please note: This hayride is not recommended for children under 6. Babies and toddlers are not allowed at the park or any attraction. At Witch’s Woods, guests are confronted by witches, ghouls, and werewolves, among other scary characters. Open Friday to Sunday nights and select Thursday nights from October 1-31, 2021. 2021 details: Masks must be worn at all times, and there is a 10-person maximum per party. Advanced online reservations are required, and all attractions must be completed within 90 minutes. Tickets are $30 per person.  

Skittish visitors will enjoy daylight at Hanson's Farm. 

10. Hanson’s Haunted Farm and Hayride—Framingham 

Hanson's has been scaring the daylights out of families since 1993 and is back as of September 2, 2021. Not for the faint of heart, Hanson’s Haunted Hayride features more than 100 volunteers to shock and scare visitors every Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. in October. Hanson’s Farm also offers pick-your-own pumpkins and a corn maze. Admission is $10-15 and includes a sugar pumpkin.

11. Spooky World: Nightmare New England Haunted Hayride—Litchfield, NH

Another hayride that will have you screaming and jumping out of your seat is at this horrifying Halloween theme park. Each year Spooky World pops up for the season offering haunted houses and games along with the hayride. Please note: This hayride is not for the faint of heart: "This is no kiddie ride through the pumpkin patch," the website boasts. The one-mile ride takes you through a dark forest with live actors and special effects. While there are no age restrictions, the park warns some adults may not even be able to handle the scares. Admission ranges from $42.99-74.99 for VIP.


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