Massachusetts Fall Travel

NE_AF_fallallee_RCheekSeptember 11, 2014

What is fall in New England without a visit to your local community farm or favorite leaf-peeping spot to celebrate the season’s bounty and beautiful weather? The Trustees of Reservations and Eco News Network offer you some great locations for Massachusetts fall travel whether you’re looking for fun farm events, seasonal celebrations, or scenic properties to visit. If you’re planning some Massachusetts fall travel here are some fun ideas to consider.

Family Farm Day at Appleton Farms, Ipswich/Hamilton, MA
Sunday, September 21 | 10AM–3PM | Rain or Shine
Get ready for some good old-fashioned fun down on America’s oldest working farm, located on 1,000 acres on Boston’s historic North Shore. This annual family-friendly event features local healthy foods, music by Ben Rudnick and Friends, barnyard animals, tractors and traditional farm crafts and activities. Chose from pumpkin painting, pony rides, a hay obstacle course and more. All ages welcome! Trustees of Reservations Members: $20/car, Nonmembers: $25/car. For more information call 978.356.5728 or visit:

Moraine Farm Fall Festival, Moraine Farm, Beverly, MA
Saturday, September 27 | 10am–3pm
Join the partners of Beverly’s historic Moraine Farm for a campus-wide, family-friendly festival. A day-long line up of free tours, live music, hay rides, Untitled1cooperative games, a marionette puppet show, craft activities, home-made goodies and a Farmers Market offers something for everyone. Activities provided will showcase the non-profit partners that share and preserve this beautiful working landscape: Friends of the Olmsted Landscape, The Trustees of Reservations CSA Farm, the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm, Project Adventure, and Essex County Greenbelt. Bring a picnic, explore the grounds, and enjoy all that Moraine Farm has to offer. Free. For more information:

Stevens-Coolidge Place Fall Celebration, Stevens-Coolidge Place, North Andover, MA
Sunday, September 28 | 10am – 2pm
NE_SCPl_TReichardEnjoy fall blooms and colors as you tour the beautiful gardens including the French Garden, Rose Garden Perennial Garden and Cutting Garden. Relax under the shade of a tree while you picnic and play croquet with friends and family. Refreshments provided. Hot dogs and veggie burgers available 12 NOON -1PM. Free.
For more information call: 978.689.9105 or visit:

Ward Reservation’s Fall Fun Day, Ward Reservation, North Andover, MA
Sunday, October 19 | 12noon – 3pm
Soak in the spectacular fall colors and Boston skyline from the top of Holt Hill! Enjoy BBQ, cider and cider donuts beginning at noon. Activities range from leaf peeping and guided hikes to unexplored areas where you can discover a beaver wetland, blue heron rookery and more. Free. For more information call: 978.689.9105 or visit:

8th Annual Harvest Festival and Perennial Divide, City Natives Nursery, Mattapan, MA
Sunday, September 21 | 10AM–2PM
Celebrate the harvest season at Trustees’ affiliate Boston Natural Areas Network’s beautiful, half-acre horticultural learning center and native plant nursery, complete with honeybees and fresh-pressed cider. Dig up your perennials to share and shop for City Natives–grown plants, soil amendments and season extension supplies. Free. For more information call 617.542.7696

Harvest Festival, Land of Providence/La Finca, 24 Jones Ferry Road, Holyoke, MA
Saturday, Sept 27 | 12 Noon – 6:00PM
Celebrate the harvest season with fun for everyone – from music to yoga in the garden, walking the trails, children’s games, a farmers market, music, dance lessons and cooking demonstrations. Co-sponsored by Nuestras Raices and The Trustees of Reservations. Adults: $5; Children $3. For more information: Contact Cynthia at 413.532.1631 or

Weir River Farm Fall Festival, Weir River Farm, Hingham, MA
Saturday, October 4 | 10AM–2PM            
GB-WRF-Red-Barn-TFosterJoin the family-friendly fun at this annual Fall Festival! This iconic 75-acre farm located in the heart of Hingham celebrates the bounty of another successful farm season. There will be live music, delicious food, pony rides and crafts for the kids. Trustees of Reservations Members: Adult $5; Child Free. Nonmembers: Adult $10; Child Free. For more information call 781.740.7233

Harvest Festival, Westport Town Farm, Westport, MA
Saturday, October 18 | 12Noon–4PM
Bring your family to celebrate the annual harvest at the Westport Town Farm’s Community Gardens. Enjoy local food, music and activities for all ages. Trustees of Reservations Members & Nonmembers: Adult $5; Child (age 5 & under) Free. For more information call 508.636.4693 x103

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The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) “hold in trust” and care for properties, or “reservations,” of irreplaceable scenic, historic, and natural significance for the general public to enjoy. Founded by open space visionary Charles Eliot in 1891, The Trustees is the world’s oldest land trust and one of Massachusetts’ largest conservation and preservation non profits. Supported by more than 100,000 members and donors and thousands of volunteers, The Trustees own and manage 112 spectacular reservations – from working farms and historic homesteads and landscaped gardens, to community parks, barrier beaches, mountain vistas and woodland trials — located on more than 26,000 acres throughout the Commonwealth. With hundreds of outreach programs, workshops, camps, concerts and events annually designed to engage all ages in its mission, The Trustees invite you to Find Your Place and get out and experience the natural beauty and culture our state has to offer. For more information, visit:

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