Fall in Massachusetts means pumpkins, pumpkins, and even more pumpkins. There are plenty of patches to peruse in the Bay State, but a few have distinguished themselves from the pack. Here are a few of our favorite places to go pumpkin picking in Massachusetts.
1. Connors Farm, Danvers
This farm is huge and offers truly awesome fall activities. There are hundreds of pumpkins to choose from, along with food stands, haunted attractions, pick-your-own fruit, and climbing structures. Adults will love browsing the farm shop for treats like maple syrup, pastries, and cider. (30 Valley Rd., Danvers)
2. Sauchuk’s Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch, Plympton
This charming pumpkin patch farm also offers an amazing corn maze and full-fledged activity area for kids. You can pick up produce, say hello to the animals, whiz around on a zip line, and grab a pumpkin or two to carve up.
(200 Center St., Plympton)
3. Fletcher Farm, Southhampton
This local pumpkin patch has a loyal following. It's a great spot for families and offers fall activities, huge piles of hay for the kids to climb, hay rides, produce, and quality pumpkins. The prices are also better than what you'll find at larger operations. (22 Gunn Rd. Ext., Southampton)
4. Dowse Orchards, Sherborn
This is a great place to grab a gourd or two and enjoy a wide selection of apples, ciders, and pies. The prices are reasonable and there are plenty of cool-lookin pumpkins to take home. You'll find homemade treats in the farm shop and kids will love roaming the rows of pumpkins in search of the perfect one. (98 N Main St., Sherborn)
5. Honey Pot Hill Orchards, Stow
Honey Pot Hill Orchards (besides having an adorable name) is one of the best spots in the region for fall fun. It's a beautiful place to walk around and take in the fall foliage before grabbing some apples and pumpkins to take home. The prices for pumpkins are good and they also offer yummy cider donuts. Don't forget to grab a jar of apple butter! (16 Boon Rd., Stow)
6. Tougas Family Farm, Northborough
The pumpkin patch at Tougas Farm opens around mid-September and it's a must-see. The farm offers a shop filled with gifts, fruits, and backed goods, and you can go apple-picking for hours. This farm charges for pick-your-own fruit by weight rather than bag size. There are tractor rides for the kids and the staff are super helpful.(234 Ball St., Northborough)
7. Carver Hill Orchard, Stow
People rave about the doughnuts at this little farm. It's a great place to pick up a pumpkin or two between sips of cider and bites of homemade pastries. You can also wander the orchards and breathe in the crisp fall air. (101 Brookside Ave., Stow)
8. Ioka Valley Farm, Hancock
This is a fantastic place for families. They offer a delicious pancake breakfast during maple sugaring season and plenty of pumpkins for sale in the fall. Stop by this season to grab your gourds and head back in the spring for a pile of pancakes. (3475 MA-43, Hancock)
9. Red Apple Farm, Phillipston
Don't be fooled by the name – this place is a full-service pumpkin spot. Pick up the pump of your choosing and then head inside for delicious cider, donuts, and fresh flowers.
(9455 Highland Avenue, Phillipston)
10. Clearview Farm Sterling
Stop by Clearview farm for beautiful pumpkins, yummy breads and baked goods, and delicious cider doughnuts. You can pick your own fruit, and this farm also features a small playground and ample parking. (4 Kendall Hill Rd., Sterling)