Boston-Area Farms With Ice Cream and Fun Kids' Activities for Boston Families

Photo courtesy of Richardson's Ice Cream
Photo courtesy of Richardson's Ice Cream
3/1/22 - By Caitlin Dowling

Summertime is in full swing, which means the quest for the best ice cream is on! While Boston boasts many amazing shops churning out gourmet ice cream, some of the best scoops are found at old-fashioned, New England family farms. While some farms are best for picking berries, peaches, and other summer produce, others are known for their creamy dairy treats. From hayrides to petting zoos to mini golf, these farms all of have seasonal ice cream options and fun activities to help your kiddies burn off their sugar highs afterward.


Some farms do nt open to the public until June. Contact farm for details before heading out.

Farms with Ice Cream North of Boston

Connors Farm—Danvers 
Grab a scoop in the Country Kitchen or at Grandma's Sweet Shoppe before hitting the farm for some fun. Added bonus: With every admission to the farm you get a $1 off your cone! Visit with barnyard animals, bounce on a jumping pillow, go for a train ride around the pond, hop on a hayride, and play at the Kids R OK Coral—a play area filled with tricycles, playhouses, duck races, climbing structures, and more. The farm is open daily from 8am to 6pm. 978-777-1245

Cider Hill Farm—Amesbury 
This farm has its very own food truck, the PitchFORK, parked onsite. Along with great meal options, they also make amazing ice cream with fresh fruit, blended right there when you order it. This farm is famous for its cider donuts which they, of course, offer as an ice cream flavor too. After filling up on sweet treats let your kids burn off some energy in the Tyke Yard and Sandbox. This farm is open daily from 8am to 6pm but the food truck is only open Thursdays through Sundays from 11am to 4pm. 978-388-5525

Photo courtesy of Richardson's Ice Cream

Richardson's Farm—Middleton
Visit this working dairy farm, the source of the legendary Richardson's ice cream, to grab a homemade scoop. With every flavor imaginable, from vanilla to bubblegum, you can come back for a different treat all summer long. While visiting, kids can take a swing at the batting cages, play a round of mini golf, or hit some balls at the driving range. The farm is open daily from 9am to 11pm, so this is another spot where you can treat your kids to ice cream for breakfast! 978-774-5450

Smolak Farms—North Andover 
At their seasonal ice cream window, you can pick from delicious flavors, including the cider donut supreme. There are also monthly flavor specials to choose from, making multiple visits a must. And if you do frequent this farm, sign up for the ice cream loyalty program (after every ten cones you get a free one).Take your desserts over to the playground to enjoy and then visit and feed the animals. During weekends and festivals, kids can also enjoy hay wagon rides, duck races, wee wagons, and a bounce house. Make sure to check the events calendar to see if there are any special activities happening. The ice cream window is open daily from 11am to 7pm. 978-682-6332

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Applecrest Farm—Hampton Falls, NH 
Just over the border into New Hampshire, you'll find Applecrest Farm. While this farm doesn't make their own ice cream, they keep it local, serving scoops of New England Creamery. Along with seasonal u-picking, the farm also hosts tons of events and festivals ,so make sure to check their calendar when planning your visit. The ice cream stand is open daily from 11am to 9pm. 603-926-3712

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Farms with Ice Cream West of Boston

Kimball Farm—Westford
Kimball Farm is truly an all-day experience. The ice cream window serves 50 different flavors of homemade ice cream and is well known for its generous helpings. Along with ice cream, the farm also has mini-golf, bumper boats, animal adventures, pony rides, batting cages, and much more in the way of family fun. The farm is open from 10am to 10pm daily, so you can even grab a cone for breakfast! 978-486-3891

Parlee Farms—Tyngsboro
This u-pick farm has a seasonal ice cream window and picnic tables to enjoy your cone at. While you're there, visit Annie’s Animal Barn. There are 70 animals, like goats, chickens, and bunnies, to pet and feed. Pop into the farm stand for fresh produce and baked goods to take home on your way out. The farm is open Tuesday through Saturday from 8 am to 4:30 pm and Sunday from 8 am to 1 pm. 978-649-3854

Tangerini's Spring Street Farm—Millis
The Farmer's Porch at Tangerini's opens an ice cream shop for summer, so stop in and to cool off with a sweet treat. Along with seasonal u-pick options for the kids, the farm also hosts kid cooking classes. Ice cream is open daily from 11 am to 8 pm. 508-376-5024

Tougas Family Farm—Northborough
At this u-pick farm, kids can visit the barnyard, playground, and farm kitchen with family-friendly activities along with indulging in some ice cream. The kitchen has both ice cream and milkshakes. But if you don't feel like ice cream, make sure to try one of their fresh fruit slushies instead. Hours for this farm depend on the supply of ripe fruit so check the website for updates. 508-393-6406


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