Pumpkin Patches Around Boston
Signs of Halloween are cropping up everywhere, and it’s time to start thinking about finding your perfect pumpkin in the Boston area. Sure, you can pick up any old gourd at the local grocery store, but it can be a lot more fun to pick your own pumpkin at a farm stand or even straight from a field. You're sure to find your perfect jack-'o-lantern-to-be at one of these Massachusetts pumpkin patches, and while there, take part in some fun family activities, like apple picking, corn mazes, and barn animal visits.
Note: In 2020, due to COVID-19, some farms are delaying, or altering their u-pick plans, and changes could happen at any given time. Check with the farm before heading out. We will update the following information as we learn of changes. Expect face coverings to be required at these PYO spots per state guidelines, especially when social distancing cannot be maintained, so be sure to bring your favorite kid and grown-up face masks with you to the farm or orchard.
1. Boston Hill Farm—North Andover
Boston Hill Farm offers pick-your-own pumpkins from mid-September through October; we suggest calling for specific picking dates and times. On weekends, hop on a wagon and take a hayride to the field to scout out your pumpkins. The farm also features a bakery, ice cream, and a petting farm.
2. Carver Hill Orchard—Stow
2020 update: Pre-picked pumpkins are available in the farm store this year. The parking lot will close once it's half-full to control for capacity, so consider calling ahead before heading out to check about crowds.
After filling their bags with apples, kids can pick out the perfect pumpkin. Visit the farm store for crafts, decorations, fresh cider, chicken pies, fudge, peanut brittle, and cookies. A stop at the stand outside for hot cider and donuts is absolutely essential.
3. Connors Farm—Danvers
2020 update: Online ticketing for weekend visits is encouraged.
Connors not only has pumpkins but a major corn maze, play area, bouncy pillow, and train rides! Picking starts in late September. No outside food is allowed on the farm, but there are tons of delicious stands including BBQ, cider donuts, and s'mores.
4. Crescent Farms—Bradford
From orange to white, Jack Be Little to Big Max, Crescent has plenty of beauties to pick from in its rolling pumpkin patch. A wagon takes you to the patch, featuring great views of the 400-acre farm. There's ice cream, a kid-friendly corn maze, and more tractor and hayrides available.
5. Hansons Farm—Framingham
This century-old family farm offers limited U-pick, and specializes in fat, gorgeous pumpkins. There's a little corn maze to enjoy by day and a haunted hayride on Friday and Saturday evenings to add to the fun.
Apples give way to pumpkins in Lookout's fields in October. Photo courtesy of Lookout Farms
6. Lookout Farm—Natick
2020 update: Information about pumpkin picking is pending at press time. The play area and rides are canceled this year.
This big (and growing) U-Pick operation has long included pumpkins—some 25,000 a season! Make a day of it and let kids loose in the play area, which includes lots of structures, a caterpillar ride around the field, a moon bounce, and more.
7. Nihtila Farm—Holbrook
2020 update: Hayrides are running at half-capacity.
Nostalgic for the simple PYO operations more common when you were a kid? This sweet little family farm allows you to pick your pumpkins from the vine, starting in September and offers hayrides for just $1 per person.
8. Pickard Farm—Littleton
2020 update: Pumpkins are available starting September 26.
A half-hour from Boston and less than a mile from Kimball Farm ice cream and Witch's Woods, a stop at Pickard to pick-your-own pumpkin right off the vine rounds out a pretty perfect fall day. Pluck some butternut squash for dinner and gourds for decorating, too.
9. Shelburne Farm—Stow
2020 update: Capacity restrictions will be in place. Touchless payment only will be accepted (credit cards or Apple Pay).
Shelburne Farm offers pumpkin picking for the season starting in September; consult the website for the schedule. On weekends, Shelburne Farm offers hayrides, pony rides, a mini hay maze, and other activities perfect for young children.
10. Smolak Farm—North Andover
Choose your perfect pumpkin and spend the day enjoying an abundance of extras during Smolak's weekend Children's Festivals, with a hay wagon ride, hay maze, face painting, bouncy house, and other children's activities for one package price. The corn maze is available for an additional fee.
Photo courtesy of Marini Farm
11. Marini Farm—Ipswich
2020 update: U-pick pumpkins are available starting September 26.
Marini has a pumpkin patch for kids to explore and find the perfect jack-o'-lantern. But plan to spend the day because this farm also has a huge corn maze, bouncy houses, apple cannons, and more. Make sure to check the farm's calendar for special events in the fall, including a Halloween Bash and Trick-or-Treat hayrides.
12. Tougas Family Farm—Northborough
Come for the pumpkin patch and stay to play after. Tougas has a farm-themed playground, free hayrides, and barnyard animals to visit with. Make sure to head inside to the Farm Kitchen for delicious baked goods and smoothies made from the farm's own fresh fruit.
Originally published September 2011