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It’s fall, y’all! The calendar has officially turned to October, the leaves are starting to do that thing they do, and the temperatures are crisp and cool. As beautiful as this time of year is (and it really is) it won’t last forever. The time to get out and enjoy one of our region’s most beautiful seasons is now. And when it comes to fall merriment, no one does it better than the North Shore, an area teeming with fall fun for kids and adults alike.

Apples and cider donuts are a sure thing at these farms. You can also count on leaving with a car full of pumpkins. Bringing the kids? Many of the below options have petting zoo type set-ups where children can feed the animals. Like eating apple pie a whole lot more than you like making it? The farm stores and markets at these locations are not to be missed.

Russell Orchards – Ipswich

Whether you’re in it for the farm animals or the cider donuts (or something else) you’re in luck. Especially if you came for the donuts, which are made daily from scratch with cider that’s pressed on site in their cider mill with apples from their orchard.

143 Argilla Road

Ipswich, MA 01938

https://www.russellorchards.com

Marini Farm – Ipswich

The corn maze is not to be missed. Kids love it – and many an adult has been known to enjoy it too. You might want to mark your calendar for their Trick-or-Treat Hayrides (taking place this year on October 20th & 21st). Purchase tickets in advance here.

259 Linebrook Road

Ipswich, MA 01938

http://marinifarm.com

Cider Hill Farm – Amesbury

You had your kids at “chicken barn, trike yard and donuts.” Cider Hill is a family favorite for their laid-back atmosphere and welcoming vibe. Make sure you head inside the farm store for some of the best baked goods and homewares around.

45 Fern Avenue

Amesbury, MA 01913

https://www.ciderhill.com

Brooksby Farm – Peabody

This classic red barn has it all, including hot apple cider that will have you feeling all the fall feels. They also have family events throughout the fall, including a HAYmazing play yard and a corn maze.

54 Felton Street

Peabody, MA 01960

http://www.brooksbyfarm.org

Smolak Farms – North Andover

All farms are beautiful, but there is something special about Smolak Farms, where their Fall Festival season is currently in full swing. From Hop-on Hayrides to apple and pumpkin picking to a wide range of food options, there’s something for everybody (and we say that because everybody loves homemade apple crisp with vanilla ice cream, right?!)

315 South Bradford Street

North Andover, MA 01845

http://www.smolakfarms.com

Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm – Newbury

5 Little’s Lane

Newbury, MA 01951

Want that farm feeling but don’t feel the need to go apple picking? You might want to plan a visit to Spencer-Peirce-Little farm, a National Historic Landmark that sits on over 200 acres. The property features a manor house from 1690 and some of the most majestic scenery on the North Shore.

https://www.historicnewengland.org/property/spencer-peirce-little-farm/

Tendercrop Farm – Newbury

108 High Road

Newbury, MA 01951

The Farm Store at Tendercrop is the stuff of legends, where the donuts, baked goods, fresh produce and meats all do their part to ensure you won’t be walking out even close to empty handed (be sure to check out their prepared foods, including comforting soups that make for quick and easy fall meals, too!) Their “farm friends” petting zoo is a fan favorite among animal lovers as well.

http://www.tendercropfarm.com