Hayrides are an autumn 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. Dozens of Boston-area farms offer hayrides, and we’ve rounded up them up for you here. The best part? Most of these farms also offer other activities to entertain your family, like farm animals, corn mazes, or delicious cider donuts. Happy—or spooky—trails!
Smolak Farms—North Andover
Smolak has two options: night hayrides or hop-on rides. Night hayrides run from May through November, every day of the week. Visitors can ride through the farm’s scenic fields and orchards to a bonfire site where they can relax and enjoy the evening. Hop-on hayrides run from May to October and allow farm visitors to jump on a hayride for a daytime tour of the farm’s land. Hop-on prices start at $4 per person and night hayrides start at $12 per person for a 90-minute tour including cider and donuts.
Connors offers not only hayrides, but a seemingly endless list of fall activities for the whole family, including a corn maze, baby animals, a mechanical bull, and a variety of pumpkin-themed pursuits. A general admission ticket will give you access to almost all of the activities for $10 on a weekday or $14 on a weekend.
Honeypot Hill hayrides are just $2, and free for kids under 2.
There are weekend hayrides for the family from 10:30–3:30 on weekends at Honeypot. In addition to the hayrides, visitors can try their hand at the hedge mazes or cuddle with farm animals—or pick some delicious apples. Hayrides are $2 per person, but kids 2 and under ride free.
In addition to hayrides through their farm fields, Kimball has pony rides, a giant slide, and weekend pumpkin painting—not to mention their corn maze. Hayrides are $4 per adult or $2 per child.
Hanson’s Haunted Farm and Hayride—Framingham
Hanson's has been scaring the daylights out of families since 1993. Not for the weak of heart, Hanson’s Haunted Hayride features more than 100 volunteers to shock and scare visitors every Friday and Saturday in October. For skittish visitors, Hanson’s Farm also offers pick-your-own pumpkins and a corn maze.
Witch's Woods is not for the faint of heart.
Witch’s Woods Halloween Hayride and Haunted Screampark—Westford
The award for the most terrifying hayride of all probably goes to Nashoba Valley in Westford. Please note: this hayride is only for the very brave and is not recommended for children under six. 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 Thursday to Sunday nights, Witch’s Woods is open for the month of October. Tickets are $37 per person and include the Haunted Hayride, Castle Morbid, Nightmare Mansion, and other activities, but carnival games, rides, and concessions are accessible without a ticket.
Top photo: Smolak Farms. Photo by Sarah Jordan Photography. Photos courtesy of the farms