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 apple picking, corn mazes, and delicious cider doughnuts. Happy—or spooky—trails!
1. Smolak Farms—North Andover
Smolak has two options: night hayrides or hop-on rides. Night hayrides (cider and doughnuts included!) 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. $4-16
2. Connors Farm—Danvers
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. Rides included with $9.95-$14.95 general admission ticket
3. Honeypot Hill—Stow
There are daily hayrides for the family from at Honeypot. In addition to the hayrides, visitors can try their hand at navigating the hedge mazes or cuddle with farm animals—or pick some delicious apples. $2 (kids 2 and under ride).
Honeypot Hill hayrides are just $2, and free for kids under 2.
4. Kimball Farm—Haverhill
In addition to hayrides through their farm fields, Kimball has pony rides, a giant slide, and weekend pumpkin painting—not to mention a corn maze. $2-4
5. Davis Farmland—Sterling
Davis Farmland is a discovery farm designed especially for kids 12 and under. Running Thursday through Saturdays in the fall, the Safari Hay Ride 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
6. 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. Meet barnyard animals, do pumpkin crafts, and more throughout the season. Rides are $1.50-2.50 (free for ages 2 and under) on top of $6-9 general admission ticket
Be ready to encounter witches, ghouls, and more in Witch's Woods.
7. 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. Kids also love the "hay play" area and the mini tractor driving course. Rides included with $25+ apple collecting bag
8. Hanson’s Haunted Farm and Hayride—Framingham
Hanson's has been scaring the daylights out of families since 1993. Not for the faint 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. $14-16
9. 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; carnival games, rides, and concessions are accessible without a ticket.
Top photo by Jim Larrison/CC BY 2.0. All other photos courtesy of the farms