Fall is one of the best times to visit New England! Sturbridge is in the heart of Massachusetts and offers the kind of small-town fall charm that you see in the movies. Visit us in the fall to enjoy the crisp weather and dazzling fall foliage.
Apple Picking and Fall Farms
Located right in Sturbridge, MA Hyland Orchard is a great apple-picking spot. Every fall this 150-acre farm opens for apple picking and other fall activities. You can bring a picnic to eat right on the lawn while listening to live music, visit with the friendly barn animals, or enjoy a classic hayride.
Nothing says fall like a trip to the local farmers market. Stop by the Sturbridge Farmers Market while you’re in town and shop from local food growers and artisans. Located right in the Town Common, the Sturbridge Farmers Market is open every Sunday through October.
Not only is Sturbridge filled with great attractions, but there are also tons of great spots in the surrounding towns, just a short drive away. Head over to North Brookfield to check out Brookfield Orchards. More than just an apple orchard, this family fun attraction has a large children’s playground, gorgeous orchard views, a delicious snack bar offering hot apple dumplings and homemade fudge, and a country store with a variety of jams, jellies and syrup.
Over in Monson, you can enjoy a full day of fall activities at Echo Hill Orchards & Winery. The family-owned U-pick orchard grows apples, peaches, pears, pumpkins and sunflowers. Plus, they make wine, moonshine, spirits and liquors. Throughout the fall they have food trucks on-site, and they make delicious fall-inspired cocktails.
Breezeland Orchards in Warren is another great destination for fall family fun. Pick apples, take a tractor ride and shop at their farm stand for high-quality fruit and homemade goods.
Check out the Fall Foliage
New England fall foliage is some of the best in the world, so be sure to check out some local trails while you’re in town! Sturbridge has no shortage of beginner-friendly hiking trails where you can take in the fall colors. Check out the Tantiusques Reservation which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for unique historical gems. Stroll along the Heins Farm Conservation Lands, an 84-acre property that includes a 0.7-mile handicapped accessible trail. Or, explore Opacum Woods and meander through four miles of scenic hiking trails that showcase woodland ponds, wetlands, vernal pools and prehistoric sites.
Click here to check out all the local Sturbridge hikes and trails you can explore during your fall stay!